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BREEAM Presentation

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A how to guide for using the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM)

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BREEAM Presentation

  1. 1. BREEAM Presentation
  2. 2. Introduction to BREEAM <ul><li>The Building Research Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) is the world’s leading system for assessing the range of environmental impacts associated with buildings. </li></ul><ul><li>BREEAM is used by owners, users and designers to demonstrate their environmental commitment and to reduce the impact that their buildings have on the environment. </li></ul><ul><li>Buildings are assessed against performance criteria set by the BRE and awarded ‘credits’ based on their levels of performance. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Buildings assessed <ul><li>The Building Research Establishment has standard models for several types of development: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Offices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Schools and Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Light industrial, warehousing (non-retail) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Residential (“Eco Homes” and Code for Sustainable Homes and Multi-residential) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Retail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prisons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Courts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Aims of BREEAM <ul><li>To reduce the environmental impacts of developments. </li></ul><ul><li>To enable developments to be recognised according to their environmental benefits. To provide a credible, environmental label for buildings. </li></ul><ul><li>To stimulate demand for environmentally sustainable buildings. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Objectives <ul><li>To distinguish buildings of reduced environmental impact in the marketplace. </li></ul><ul><li>To ensure best environmental practice is incorporated in building design, operation, management and maintenance. </li></ul><ul><li>To set criteria and standards surpassing those required by regulations. </li></ul><ul><li>To inform the design process. </li></ul><ul><li>To raise the awareness of owners, occupants, designers and operators of the benefits of buildings with a reduced impact on the environment and the benefits of building to best environmental practice standards. </li></ul><ul><li>To allow organisations to demonstrate progress towards corporate environmental objectives. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Benefits <ul><li>Benefits range from environmental to financial, these include:- </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrating sustainability credentials to planning authorities for a smooth passage through the planning process </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrating superior environmental design resulting in: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced running costs trough greater energy and water efficiency, and reduced maintenance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Healthy, comfortable and flexible internal environments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access to local amenities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less dependence on the car </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allowing developers to be one step ahead of regulation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstrating compliance with environmental requirements from occupiers, planners, development agencies and developers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental improvement: in support of a wider corporate strategy or as a standalone contribution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Occupant benefits: to create a better place for people to work and live </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marketing: as a selling point to potential tenants or customers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial: to achieve higher rental incomes and increased building efficiency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Best practice: to provide a thorough checklist or tool for comparing buildings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Client request: responding to the requirements of users </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Key issues <ul><li>Management </li></ul><ul><li>Health and well-being </li></ul><ul><li>Energy </li></ul><ul><li>Transport </li></ul><ul><li>Water </li></ul><ul><li>Materials </li></ul><ul><li>Waste </li></ul><ul><li>Land Use and Ecology </li></ul><ul><li>Pollution </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Each category has a varying number of credits </li></ul><ul><li>The number of credits in each category does not reflect the relative importance of these issues. </li></ul><ul><li>Each credit is given a percentage relating to its importance </li></ul><ul><li>An overall building score can then be calculated for the building. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Scoring <ul><li>Environmental weighting are applied to each section and the final score is given as a percentage. </li></ul><ul><li>The BREEAM rating is then awarded as per the table below: </li></ul>*>85 Outstanding >70 Excellent 55 - <70 Very Good 45 - <55 Good 30 - <45 Pass <30 Unclassified Benchmark BREEAM Rating%
  10. 10. Two stages of assessment <ul><li>1. Design Stage </li></ul><ul><li>2. Post Construction review </li></ul>
  11. 11. Using BREEAM Effectively <ul><li>Introduce the main issues at the earliest stage in the design process, to form a focus for the discussion of the environmental impacts of the building. </li></ul><ul><li>Input is expected to be needed from a wide range of people. Although the architect and building services designers have the largest share, the project manager, structural engineer and contractors all have a part to play. </li></ul><ul><li>The BREEAM assessor should also be appointed early </li></ul><ul><li>Clients can use BREEAM to specify the environmental sustainability performance of their buildings in a way that is quick, comprehensive and visible in the marketplace. </li></ul><ul><li>Letting agents can use BREEAM to promote the environmental credentials and benefits of a building to potential clients </li></ul><ul><li>Design teams can use BREEAM as a tool to improve the performance of the buildings and their own experience and knowledge of environmental aspects of sustainability. </li></ul>

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