BREEAM sees the application of circularity principles relating to resource use and supply chains as vital to developing a resource efficient built environment.  We support a future where circularity principles are fully embraced and our reliance on finite resources is significantly reduced.

We want to make sure that resilience is achieved across lifecycles, by linking the design and construction, the performance of the completed project and the use of the asset once occupied by its users.

BREEAM provides solutions in circularity and resilience by:

  1. Encouraging durable design for resilient and longer-lasting asset.
  2. Ensuring materials are sourced responsibly.
  3. Reducing water and energy consumption.
  4. Providing methods of waste reduction.

 

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Circularity and resilience in context

 

The circular economy (CE) has gained significant traction in many economic sectors as a potential solution to mitigate the clear risks of imprudent resource consumption. As a major consumer of resources and producer of waste, the construction and real estate sector must rise to the CE imperative and its underlying circularity principles.

Our goal is to encourage sustainable resource use through all our asset sustainability assessment schemes. Each scheme includes extensive resource circularity related requirements on energy, water, materials, waste, reuse and recycling.

Resilience can be characterised by four key features, known as the 5Rs: Resistance, Reliability, Redundancy, Response and Recovery. These can have different focus across sectors, life cycle stages and asset types. This framework provides the basis for understanding how the BREEAM family of standards address this topic now and informs what aspects need to be incorporated in the future. Resistance and reliability have been at the core of our standards.

Circularity in BREEAM

 

BREEAM can guide you on your journey to achieving circularity:

Through advising on resource consumption

 

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Our standards will always cover a wide scope of asset related carbon emissions including operational energy, embodied carbon, operational water, construction activities and more. BREEAM standards are designed to focus on tackling energy and carbon emissions more than any other sustainability issue.

By encouraging abundant and renewable resources

 

Circularity and resilience | BREEAM

BREEAM assesses embodied carbon and, in so doing, encourages the construction of assets with lower embodied carbon and lower whole life carbon. Looking forward, BREEAM intends to combine operational and embodied carbon credits into a dedicated carbon category, meaning that embodied carbon is fully accounted for in BREEAM.

By supporting durable design

 

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A pathway approach for the construction and real estate sector is rapidly gaining traction. Compared with achieving net zero carbon now, carbon pathways are often a more practical approach because the cost and activity of decarbonising is spread over several years, and external effects such as grid decarbonisation can be factored in. BREEAM can support the creation and implementation of net zero pathways.

By ensuring responsible sourcing

 

Circularity and resilience | BREEAM

In line with prevailing energy and LCA standards, BREEAM includes onsite/near-site renewables. In addition, most (but not all) standards, including BREEAM, assign carbon reductions resulting from any renewable electricity that is exported to the grid by the asset. Therefore, assets can become carbon positive if they generate more electricity than they use. BREEAM will continue to recognise and reward onsite/near-site renewables.

Resilience in BREEAM

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BREEAM can guide you to creating a more resilient asset

With the launch of BREEAM In-Use v6, BREEAM became the first assessment method to explicitly integrate resilience alongside environmental performance in a sustainability standard. This brought together existing issues which used to be parts of other environmental categories, but also allowed BRE to include new areas of interest, such as social risks and opportunities and those related to the transition to a low carbon economy, aligning BREEAM with The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). It also firmly established resilience as a key component of the assessment of the sustainability of building assets, communities, and infrastructure.

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Our BREEAM training courses teach you how to use the world’s leading green building tool to achieve sustainability success. Millions of assets all over the world are registered with BREEAM and starting their journey to sustainability success.

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BREEAM Case studies

 

Browse the latest case studies from BREEAM

 

LM3 1200x801 | BRE Group

The oldest new building in San Francisco, Landmark at One Market Street, USA

The Landmark shows the sustainability performance that existing buildings, including those with historic features, can deliver. The brick façade is ...
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Pursuing BREEAM USA at LORD Green Strategies headquarters, Dallas, Texas

The LORD Green Real Estate Strategies, Inc. headquarters is a 6,663 square foot building located nine miles northeast of downtown ...
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2880 Hero | BRE Group

2880 Junction, USA another BREEAM Good certified building within Silicon Valley

MetLife Investment Management uses its buildings’ sustainability certifications to provide a foundation and help guide current and future sustainability initiatives ...
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3050 Zanker, USA achieves BREEAM Good with building located in Silicon Valley

3050 Zanker is a 2 story Class A commercial R&D office building located in the San Jose submarket of Silicon ...
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Ballston17 | BRE Group

The first office building with a verified score under BREEAM In-Use in the US, Three Ballston Plaza

Built in 1990, this 342,280 square foot Class A multi-tenanted office building is located in just 5 miles from the ...
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IMG 6297 | BRE Group

The Energy Conservation Office strives to make campus buildings operate more energy efficiently

The Energy Conservation Office received an Excellent rating in all three assessment portions: Asset Performance, Building Management, and Occupier Management ...
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