BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method)
Work on creating BREEAM began at BRE (based in Watford, UK) in 1988 and the first version for assessing new office buildings was launched in 1990.A BREEAM assessment uses recognised measures of performance, which are set against established benchmarks, to evaluate a building’s specification, design, construction and use. The measures used represent a broad range of categories and criteria from energy to ecology. They include aspects related to energy and water use, the internal environment (health and well-being), pollution, transport, materials, waste, ecology and management processes.
BREEAM is the sustainable building certification scheme that is the most widely used throughout the world, providing a benchmark for performance used by clients, investors, developers and design teams. Over 250,000 buildings have been certified since its inception in 1990, and the scheme is now used in more than 50 countries.
BREEAM assesses scientifically-based criteria covering a range of issues in categories that evaluate energy and water use, health and wellbeing, pollution, transport, materials, waste, ecology and management processes.
Buildings are rated and certified on a scale of ‘Pass’, ‘Good’, ‘Very Good’, ‘Excellent’ and ‘Outstanding’