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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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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