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Following 25 years of certifications, BREEAM’s  contribution to the sustainability of the built environment is well-established and recognised by the construction industry. What is perhaps less well communicated is the value BREEAM creates for its stakeholders covering non-environmental, but equally significant aspects, which address the perspectives of developers, owners and tenants.

This briefing paper highlights the additional value of BREEAM certifications,  focusing on the non-domestic building sector. It has been structured using the business benefits categories identified by the World Green Building Council (WGBC) report on ‘The business case for green building’, thus covering the following: construction cost, asset value, operating costs, workplace productivity and health, and risk mitigation.

The paper puts together findings from various publications which demonstrate the value that BREEAM brings to its certified buildings. The sources of this information include independent organisations such as the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

One of the highlights comes from the 2012 BSRIA report which captures the industry’s perspective with regards to BREEAM and found that 88% of the survey respondents would recommend its use to others, whilst 96% would use it again. Visit http://www.breeam.com/resources to find out more and download the briefing paper.

Eleni Soulti
About the Author
Eleni Soulti has a background in architectural engineering and a master’s degree in environmental design and engineering. Her working experience includes architectural engineering, sustainability consultancy and research in energy efficient technologies at the University of Cambridge. She joined BRE in 2015, as a Senior Technical Consultant of the BREEAM UK New Construction team. She is currently the commercial sector lead and aims to improve the understanding of the value that BREEAM brings to its stakeholders, in terms of environmental and financial aspects, but also with regards to health and wellbeing.

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