Refurbishment & fit-out for US projects


The BREEAM Refurbishment & fit-out standards are used to assess the renovation of an asset or tenant improvements within an asset.

Renovations are projects undertaken to improve the performance, function and overall condition of an existing building. Tenant improvements are alterations to the interior to fit tenant needs whether in a newly constructed or existing building.

BREEAM International Refurbishment & fit-out provides a framework that encourages the retention of as much of the asset and its systems as possible. The assessment criteria and process focus on four building structure elements from the concept stage right through to a fully completed project: building envelope and structure, core systems, local services, and interior design.

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.


Learn more about how BREEAM International Refurbishment & fit-out works for US projects


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Adaptations for US projects

The US has been divided into 10 regions. The regions have been set after considering climate, energy use, transport availability, population density, ecology and other factors.

Weightings not available for your project’s region? Email the BREEAM USA team to start the process.

Building types that can use BREEAM International Refurbishment & fit-out

BREEAM International Refurbishment & fit-out can be used to assess renovations and tenant improvement projects in existing buildings.


Building typeDescription
Office· General office buildings
· Offices with research & development areas (category 1 laboratories only)
Industrial· Warehouse storage or distribution
· Process, manufacturing or vehicle servicing
Retail· Shop or shopping center · Retail park or warehouse
· Over the counter service providers, e.g financial institutions
· Showrooms
· Restaurant, café and drinking establishments
· Hot food take-out establishments
Education· Preschools
· K-12 schools
· Community colleges
· Universities
· Other higher education
Residential Long stay· Senior/ assisted living
· Sheltered accommodation
· On campus student accommodation
· Military barracks
Residential Short stay· Hotel, hostel, boarding and guest house
· Secure training center
· Residential training center

Don’t see your project type? For projects that do not fall within the scope of BREEAM International Refurbishment & fit-out, BRE offers a bespoke service. Criteria is tailored to the project type and use allowing the project to identify the relevant sustainability opportunities for the specific project. Learn more about this approach in our Guidance Note BREEAM Bespoke Process.

Benefits of BREEAM Refurbishment & fit-out

Clients choose BREEAM certification because it helps them deliver and validate the sustainability value of their assets cost effectively and to an internationally recognized and robust standard, tried and tested since it was first launched in 1990.
By considering impacts and costs from a lifecycle perspective, investors, developers, owners, and occupiers can benefit from the Refurbishment and fit-out standards:

Driving sales and rental values

Supporting routes to net zero

Contributing to ESG goals

Mitigating environmental impact

Reducing operational costs

Retaining, improving, and future proofing existing assets

Providing one assessment for multiple sustainability outcomes

Enhancing economic and social value

Supporting disclosures and reporting requirements

Providing independent, third-party assurance on asset performance and sustainability

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BREEAM USA case studies

PES Ecology Smaller 1 1200x900 | BRE Group

University of California, Davis: BREEAM In-Use Excellent rating unlocks flexibility

Built in 2001 and located in Davis, CA, Plant and Environmental Sciences is a 3-story, 126,651 ft2 building that provides ...
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UC Davis | BRE Group

BREEAM award winning energy and conservation office in California, USA

Built in 1984 and located in Davis, CA, Rifle Range, also referred to as the Energy Conservation Office, is a ...
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Hero Phipps | BRE Group

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, a public garden attraction in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

At Phipps, we believe that public gardens have a role to play in mitigating the challenge of climate change ...
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