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

 

Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP, Constructed above Charing Cross station, it is the first air rights building in the UK 

Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP, Constructed above Charing Cross station, it is the first air rights building in the UK 

One Embankment Place is a Commercial office building constructed in the early 1990’s. Constructed above Charing Cross station, it is ...
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Gibson Hotel becomes first in Ireland to achieve BREEAM In-Use Certification

Gibson Hotel becomes first in Ireland to achieve BREEAM In-Use Certification

Deka Group is committed to a business approach that adds value, addresses the needs of its end customer and society ...
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Diageo's modern brewery sets high efficiency standards receives BREEAM Outstanding

Diageo’s modern brewery sets high efficiency standards receives BREEAM Outstanding

Based in the historic St James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin 8, Diageo Ireland produces premium alcohol beverages which are enjoyed ...
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Washington Plaza achieves BREEAM Outstanding in commitment to continuous improvement in Paris

Washington Plaza achieves BREEAM Outstanding in commitment to continuous improvement in Paris

Washington Plaza is an office building of 47,097 sq.m (GLA), located 42 rue Washington 75008 Paris, off the “Champs-Elysées” and ...
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Focussing on sustainability and energy saving the Ombu building in Chile promotes increasing sustainability commitment

Focussing on sustainability and energy saving the Ombu building in Chile promotes increasing sustainability commitment

The Ombú building is an office building, has 10 floors above ground and 5 underground. It was constructed in 2011 ...
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Get in touch

 

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