It is BRE’s credible science and research that provides the confidence that BREEAM is a framework you can trust. Through asset performance management, assurance, and validation it provides meaningful insights to enable smart decisions about the future of your assets.
SFL have experienced many benefits as a result of using BREEAM. Notably BREEAM’s internationally recognised certification helps to confirm our position as a leader in real estate.
Eric Oudard, Technical and Development Director, Société Foncière Lyonnaise (SFL)
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The built environment should make a positive impact on every aspect of life on earth
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The road to a greener future
Gillian Charlesworth, CEO
“As part of government and more recently an independent profit-for-purpose organisation, BRE has been raising the standards of the built environment since 1921. Our 100-year heritage of scientific rigour is nowhere clearer than in BREEAM, which has been a global driver of sustainability in the built environment for the past 30 years.
With over two million assets registered worldwide, BREEAM has helped thousands of businesses to assess and improve the environmental, social and economic sustainability of their assets at every lifecycle stage.
Pioneered by our experts in 1990, I am proud to say that BREEAM is once again evolving through a major digital upgrade which will embrace new methods of measurement and place data first and foremost, to provide revolutionary insight into the environmental impact of our buildings and drive better decision making.
For over 100 years, BRE has been a custodian of the built environment and I’m hugely proud of what we’ve achieved. The next 100 years will define our future on this planet, and we at BRE will continue to develop world-leading, science-led solutions such as BREEAM to address the most important issue of our time.”
The history and future of BREEAM
BREEAM began the building certification system as the first scheme of its kind over 30 years ago. In 1990 BREEAM for Offices was launched by the BRE, as an environmental assessment for new build office developments in the UK. BREEAM has evolved into an internationally recognised standard of sustainability, quality and value that can be applied across the entire building lifecycle, to all assets, anywhere in the world.
BREEAM’s credible scientific framework, outcome driven solutions and holistic and flexible approach to environmental assessment has led to a market share of over 80% for green building certification across Europe, and a fast-expanding reach in Asia and North America. This growth has seen the BREEAM standards shape the face of built environment sustainability on an international stage, by pushing beyond best practice, driving innovation, creating positive impact, and showcasing success.
Whilst sustainability in the built environment has progressed significantly since 1990, from a ‘nice to have’ to a fundamental aspect of doing business, there is still work to be done. The accelerated race to net zero, social impact and equity, and the need for alignment with international requirements such as the EU taxonomy are just some of the factors driving an ever-changing market and the sustainability landscape. As such, our methods for assessing our buildings must also evolve. As we look to the future of BREEAM we are becoming more agile to respond to the developing needs of society, embrace new methods for measurement and use technology and data to drive efficient, reliable and scalable solutions.
BREEAM certification has and always will have science and data built into it, what we are doing next will digitally augment this core. We are not going to wait for the future to arrive; we are going to help write it.
Drive commercial success
Better performing assets
Increased asset value
Mitigated asset and reputation risk
Internationally recognised certification
Efficient data management and reliable data validation
Asset, portfolio and market level benchmarking
Deliver positive impact
Assessment & solutions for various sustainability goals
A credible scientific framework to inform decisions
Disclosures and reporting on international commitments and regulations
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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. Our BREEAM experts are available to support your journey at every step, arrange a call to get started.
The BREEAM Platform is a user-friendly intuitive digital tool to revolutionise the capture and verification of environmental assessments. The platform provides whole lifecycle assessment and certification across all built environment asset types to positively impact the future of the built environment, associated investments, and their impact on the planet.
It does this by capturing reliable and verified data into net zero carbon, disclosures and reporting, biodiversity, circularity & resilience, and health & social impact.
The platform is where your BREEAM assessments will be undertaken. Through this process it unlocks valuable insights into asset performance management to constructors, developers, owners, operators, and investors.
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