BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method)

BREEAM sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation and has become one of the most widely recognised measures of a building’s environmental performance. It encourages designers, clients and others to think about low-carbon and low-impact design, minimising the energy demands created by a building before considering energy efficiency and low-carbon technologies. BREEAM is designed to assess the environmental performance of any type of building, both new and existing. The assessment methods offered by BREEAM are in a constant state of evolution in order to respond to the changing priorities of developers.

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.


o    uses a straightforward scoring system that is transparent, flexible, easy to understand and supported by evidence-based science and research,

o    has a positive influence on the design, construction and management of buildings,

o    defines and maintains a robust technical standard with rigorous quality assurance and certification.

NODES strategic objectiveContribution
Enhance accessibility and integration 0
Enhance intermodality 0
Enhance liveability 0
Increase safety and security conditions 0
Increase economic viability and costs efficiency 0
Stimulate local economy 0
Increase environmental efficiency ++
Increase energy efficiency ++

Good practice

BREEAM is used to assess buildings and large-scale developments in many countries around the world. In several countries (e.g. UK, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Norway, Sweden) National Scheme Operators operate country-specific versions of BREEAM. Where there is no National Scheme Operator, BREEAM International New Construction is used for new developments. Major Refurbishment and Fit-Out projects can also be assessed using BREEAM Europe Commercial or BREEAM International Bespoke.

In UK there are different areas in which BREEAM is applied:

–          New construction

–          Communities

–          In-Use

–          EcoHomes

–          Code for sustainable homes

–          Refurbishment

BREEAM New Construction addresses the major sustainability issues that arise when constructing a new building using the following nine key categories:

  • Management
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Energy
  • Transport
  • Water
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Land Use and Ecology
  • Pollution

In 2015 BREEAM won the immobilien manager award (property manager award) in the category sustainability. (

Potential interchange performance improvement

BREEAM aims to reduce the environmental impacts throughout construction and operation of a building and considers wider sustainability issues, not just cutting down on carbon emissions. As well as environmental benefits, a BREEAM-assessed building can mean reduced energy and running costs, higher potential income from rent, and improved staff productivity due to a more comfortable, productive working environment. There are also publicity benefits, demonstrating environmental commitments to customers and an improved image for the building. Quantifiable cost reductions will vary depending on the level attained.


The assessor’s fee will vary depending on what services you require from him.