BREEAM is the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method for buildings. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de facto measure used to describe a building's environmental performance.
BREEAM is the world's foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings, with over certified 200,000 and over a million registered for assessment since it was first 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.
A certificated BREEAM assessment is delivered by a licensed organisation, using assessors trained under a UKAS accredited competent person scheme, at various stages in a buildings life cycle. This provides clients, developers, designers and others with:
In 2016 was the existing methodology from 2013 updated to 2016 version, which has to be followed by all buildings registered after that date.
Credits are awarded in these ten categories:
BREEAM can be used to assess any type of building anywhere in the world. Standard schemes within EU is used mainly for - offices, retail developments and industrial buildings. But it can be used also for residential, educational and accom¨modation buildings
BREEAM International Bespoke can be used to assess building types that are 'non-standard', i.e. bespoke projects or buildings limited in the number that are likely to be developed.
In UK, Netherlands, Spain, Norway and in process in Sweden, Switzerland, Austria and Germany operates so called National Scheme Operator country specific versions of BREEAM.
For actual information about number of certified buildings see here:
Arcadis je přední světová firma zabývající se projekty a poradenstvím v oblastech přírodních zdrojů a staveb, jež prostřednictvím úzké spolupráce se svými klienty a s využitím služeb v oblastech návrhů, poradenství, inženýringu, projektů a řízení vytváří výjimečné a udržitelné výsledky.