BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) consists of a set of environmental assessment methods that encompass all stages of a building’s lifecycle and which can be applied to developments across the world. These methods have been designed to provide a stimulus for property owners and national construction industries to improve the performance of buildings and developments beyond standard practice. A key benefit of the methodologies is the flexibility of recognising local best practice codes and standards.
BREEAM sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation, and has become one of the most comprehensive and widely recognised measures of a building's environmental performance. Since it was first launched in 1990, 425,000 buildings have received BREEAM certification and two million are registered for assessment.
BREEAM can be used to assess the environmental performance of any type of building, new and existing, anywhere in the world. It is used in a range of formats, from country specific schemes adapted for local conditions, to international schemes intended for the certification of individual projects. Currently, it is used in more than 60 countries around the globe.
For further information, please visit the BREEAM official website.