The BREEAM process

Assessing your assets to BREEAM is easy. With over 30 years’ experience in sustainability assessment and third-party accreditation, you can be confident in the BREEAM sustainability journey.

BREEAM assessment categories

 

BREEAM provides a holistic sustainability assessment framework, measuring sustainable value in a series of categories and validating this performance with third-party certification. Each of these categories addresses influential factors, including low impact design and carbon emissions reduction; design durability and resilience; adaption to climate change; and ecological value and biodiversity protection.

BREEAM ratings

 

A BREEAM certified rating reflects the performance achieved by a project and its stakeholders, as measured against the BREEAM standard and its benchmarks. The rating enables comparability between projects and provides assurance on performance, quality and value of the asset.

The BREEAM ratings range from Acceptable (In-Use scheme only) to Pass, Good, Very Good, Excellent to Outstanding and it is reflected in a series of stars on the BREEAM certificate. Always look for the BREEAM certificate and certification mark to verify an assessment and its BREEAM rating. You can also search for certified assessments via our listings.

 

Choosing the right standard for your project

 

The BREEAM suite of schemes enables consistent and comparable assessment and verification across the entire built environment lifecycle.

Third-party accredited

 

BREEAM’s third-party certification involves the validation of the assessment by impartial experts known as BREEAM Assessors. BREEAM Assessors are qualified and licensed to ensure the assessment meets BREEAM quality and performance standards.

The assessment then undergoes a Quality Audit (QA) check from the accredited third-party independent and impartial certification body, BRE Global Ltd. The BREEAM certification mark provides an internationally recognised badge of assurance that the assessment of a project conforms to the requirements of the scheme. The certification mark can be showcased to demonstrate the quality, performance and sustainable credentials of the asset.

BRE Global Ltd is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) against BS EN ISO/IEC 17065:2012 – General requirements for bodies operating product certification systems for providing certification activities associated with the assessment of environmental performance of:

  • Masterplanning
  • New construction of infrastructure & buildings
  • Buildings in use
  • Refurbishment of buildings

In addition, all BREEAM related activities are aligned to ISO 9001.

As an accredited certification body, BRE Global maintains an open and accountable governance structure that, amongst other things, safeguards impartiality. For more detail about the BRE Global, visit here.

Stakeholders can have confidence in our certifications because we conduct them and our business in a fair and impartial manner, and with avoidance of undue influence arising from conflicts of interest. We maintain impartiality by apply a number of principles and these can be viewed in our Statement of Impartiality.

BREEAM Case studies

 

Browse the latest case studies from BREEAM

 

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

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

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

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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The Oaks Mall - The First BREEAM USA Certification

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

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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Get in touch

 

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