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BREEAM is one of the world’s leading environmental assessment and accreditation schemes, helping businesses manage their environmental impact. Licensed BREEAM assessments show how well a building or development performs against sustainability benchmarks.
BREEAM Rating And Why It Is Important
BREEAM stands for Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method. It is a code for sustainable building and was first established as Building Research Establishment (BRE) in 1990. It is a leading method for assessing, rating and certifying how sustainable buildings are. BREEAM encourages designers and building owners to consider the use of low impact and low carbon designs in any new construction project and to reduce the energy needs of buildings.
BREEAM is a method of rating buildings that assesses and certifies how sustainable they are. BREEAM assessments show whether a building has been designed to be as environmentally friendly and efficient as possible. BREEAM provides objective environmental information for those involved in the new construction, design, operation or maintenance of a building – so they can understand the impact it will have both during its lifetime and after, making BREEAM a method of rating buildings that assesses how sustainable they are. BREEAM is an international standard for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of buildings and therefore BREEAM assessors can be found throughout Europe.
BREEAM also helps building designers to understand how to improve the sustainability of their designs and BREEAM Assessors will help assessors to do this. BREEAM assessors, BREEAM Consultants or BREEAM Auditors are all names for the same role.
The Purpose Of BREEAM
- A BREEAM assessor makes it possible for building owners and designers to understand the importance of adopting sustainable building approaches. This way, they can reduce the environmental impact of building construction.
- Businesses that are environmentally friendly tend to have better productivity, good employee morale, an attractive corporate image and low operational costs. BREEAM ratings make it possible for businesses to understand just how environmentally friendly they are and to put in measures to improve energy efficiency if necessary. A high BREEAM rating makes a commercial building more attractive to buyers. Many business owners in the UK are starting to recognise the need for BREEAM certification and using a BREEAM assessor.
- BREEAM standards help to maintain good indoor air quality, sufficient lighting and thermal comfort. These factors not only help to maintain the comfort and morale of employees but also promote good health.
- Landlords use BREEAM assessment ratings as a way to reduce costs of operation and refurbishment. BREEAM rated buildings are energy efficient because they adopt efficient lighting, efficient equipment, efficient heating and low water consumption. Tenants are likely to pay higher costs for buildings with high BREEAM assessor rating.
BREEAM Assessor Rating
Licensed BREEAM assessor ratings can be outstanding, excellent, very good, good, or pass. The rating is based on performance and gives points for; energy, pollution, land use, ecology, transport, materials, water consumption and efficiency, materials and health and well-being. The points for each section are multiplied by an environmental weighting factor based on how important individual sectors are seen to be. The results for each section are then combined to give the overall score. Buildings with the highest environmental safety, comfort and efficient designs have the highest BREEAM rating.
As more and more people continue to adopt green lifestyles, it is expected that the demand for sustainable buildings will increase too.
BREEAM assessments are a great way for building owners to play a role in keeping the world sustainable. If you are looking for expert BREEAM assessor services, contact our team at Complete Sustainability Solutions on 0161 706 0298 or email any enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BREEAM Frequently Asked Questions
What is BREEAM?
BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is a system for rating and certifying buildings. Originally developed in the United Kingdom, the certification process has been introduced to many other countries including France, Norway, India, Denmark and Chile.
The BREEAM process is made up of three parts:
1. An initial site visit. Normally this would be led by an assessor on behalf of a developer or building owner’s representative (usually their architect). The assessor visits the site with the following objectives.
2. Collection of background information – documents that will help better understand how this particular project might have affected or been affected by its surroundings.
3) Onsite inspections at key phases in the construction project designed.
What is the rating category for BREEAM?
Answer: The BREEAM assessment is a form of building sustainability assessment. It encompasses all aspects of the built environment from construction to architecture, from economics to value for society and human well-being.
In order to be assessed in each category, a project must complete a questionnaire that has been developed in consultation with key stakeholders. There are three grades that can be obtained: Pass Plus, Pass or Fail. “Pass” demonstrates good environmental performance and there must be at least one area where sustainability requires development before it gets a “Pass Plus”. This is an endorsement by the assessor of quality, not just suitability for its use or suitability for an objective set out by the client.
How long does BREEAM certification last?
BREEAM certification is valid for a period of one year. A certificate must be renewed in order to continue listing buildings on the register. The process of obtaining a renewal can vary, but for most proposals an application fee, inspection fee and consultation hour are payable. It is possible that some businesses do not have to pay all of these fees depending on their size or type of organisation – but it’s best to check with your certifying body before submitting your renewal application.