Let’s start with the basics. BREEAM stands for Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology. It was created in the 1990s as a way of assessing, rating and certifying the sustainability of buildings. BREEAM assessments have one main goal, which is to help the design, construction and operation of new buildings be more environmentally sustainable.
It’s the longest established method of regulating a building’s environmental impact in the UK and is, as we move into 2016, more important than ever for new builds. People all over the world are now beginning to take notice of the low carbon, environmentally friendly movement which is necessary for today’s industries, and undergoing a BREEAM assessment for your new buildings means that your business is able to come up with new, innovative ways of maintaining sustainability that people are looking for.
BREEAM was one the world’s first sustainability assessment methods for buildings, and according to their facts and figures, now have an 80% share of the European market and thousands of licensed assessors worldwide. This means that not only is conducting a BREEAM assessment a good idea for the future of your construction, design or housing operations organisation, it’s also more easy than ever to put together.
As well as the environmental benefits of creating BREEAM certified buildings, there are also potentially substantial monetary advantages. Buildings which use less CO2 have been proven to cost much less to run, as BREEAM assessors can help you use natural resources more efficiently. BREEAM also suggest that “Buildings that are not equipped for the future may face the risk of devaluation and could eventually become stranded assets.” It is therefore more important than ever to future proof your properties.
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