With operational headquarters in San Francisco, BREEAM certification in the USA is developed and delivered by BRE Global, a subsidiary of the BRE Group. BRE are the founders and owners of BREEAM and the owners of BREEAM Infrastructure (formerly CEEQUAL).

BREEAM is a sustainability standard, recognized and adopted in 89 countries and counting.

The world’s leading science-based suite of validation and certification systems for sustainable built environment, supporting ESG solutions in:

Choosing the right BREEAM Standard for your US project:



BREEAM USA In-use is a comprehensive and holistic environmental assessment method for existing commercial, industrial and residential assets located within the United States.

BREEAM USA In-use provides a framework to help owners, managers and occupiers of existing assets successfully adopt sustainable solutions in a cost-effective manner and provides market recognition for their achievements.

BREEAM USA In-use is open to nearly all existing commercial and residential buildings, any size, any age and any performance level.

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BREEAM New Construction


The BREEAM New Construction standards is used to assess the design, construction, intended use and future-proofing of new building developments, including the local, natural or human-created environment surrounding the building.

BREEAM International New Construction, the standard used for new developments in the US, provides a framework to encourage clients and designers to strive for the most sustainable building within the constraints of the project.

Certificates can be issued at the Design Stage (noted as interim BREEAM rating based on the design) and Post-Construction to confirm the final BREEAM rating for the as-built performance of the building after construction is complete.

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BREEAM Refurbishment and Fit Out


The BREEAM Refurbishment and Fit Out (RFO) standards are used to assess the design, construction, and future-proofing of major renovation and tenant improvement projects.

The assessment criteria and process focus on four building structure elements from concept stage right through to a fully completed project: building envelope, core services, local services and interior design.

Renovations and tenant improvement projects in the United States use BREEAM International Refurbishment and Fit Out (RFO). Each assessment requires evidence to support the design and construction decisions agreed upon during the project’s development and ensures they have been fully implemented.

Certificates can be issued at the Design Stage (noted as interim BREEAM rating based on the design) and Post-Construction to confirm the final BREEAM rating for the as-built performance of the building after construction is complete.

BREEAM USA case studies

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China Basin – Achieving BREEAM Very Good rating on a waterfront Tech & Life Sciences Campus in San Francisco

China Basin achieved a “Very Good” rating in both Part 1 Asset Performance and Part 2 Management Performance, the first ...
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Assembly At Herndon 16 BRE Group

WashREIT leverages green bond funding to achieve BREEAM certification of eight assets

WashREIT allocated a majority of its $350 million inaugural green bond offering to green building improvements and certification as part ...
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DEKA USA Property TWO LP 3050 Gateway Distribution Center achieves BREEAM certification in efforts for continual progress

Like many industrial facilities, challenges included the rural location of the site with reduced surrounding amenities, and the nature of ...
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2840 Hero BRE Group

2840 Junction in the Silicon Valley achieves BREEAM Good rating on Metlife Investment Management and Cushman & Wakefield campus

MetLife Investment Management understands the impact buildings have on people, communities and the environment ...
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09 Center For Sustainable Landscapes CREDIT Paul G Wiegman BRE Group

A historic public garden leads green building into the future, Center for Sustainable Landscapes, Pennsylvania, USA

The core function of the CSL is to increase awareness of the interconnection between the natural and built environment, and ...
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Oaks Interior BRE Group

The Oaks Mall – The First BREEAM USA Certification

Located in Thousand Oaks, California, The Oaks is a 1.3 million square foot shopping mall chosen by Macerich to be ...
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