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17 Jan 2017

The shortlist for the annual BREEAM Awards has been officially announced. Representing the best of the best of the world’s most sustainable buildings, the shortlist includes projects from France, Belgium, Spain, Netherlands, Sweden, China and the UK.

Winners will be announced on the 7th March, a date that is well and truly established in the calendar. Coinciding with the first night of Ecobuild, the awards are fast becoming the most attended event to celebrate the built environments best in class for design, construction and performance and a major networking event for key professionals across the industry.

The awards recognise excellence in the application of BREEAM, the internationally recognised measure of sustainability for master planning, infrastructure, buildings and communities. Each year competition for the awards increases as clients acknowledge the value the accolade provides in terms of rewarding the project team and showcasing exceptional building or projects that enhance client property portfolios, occupancy and tenant wellbeing.

With innovations continuing to push the boundaries of design and sustainability and with healthy competition from across the globe, it is an ever growing challenge for the independent judging panel to pick a winner in each of the categories.

The awards cover a variety of categories including offices (new, refurbishment & fit-out and in-use); industrial; mixed used and other; residential; education and health sectors.

“This year’s shortlist represents an extraordinary variety of inspirational buildings that are setting the standards for sustainability in the design, construction, refurbishment and management of our built environment,” said Gavin Dunn, Director of Building Performance Group at BRE. “Ranging from multi-use to civic buildings, shops, warehouses, research centres, and residential, they demonstrate that the many benefits of sustainability can be gained from virtually any type of building.”

Speaking on their success at the 2016 BREEAM awards, where The Edge won two awards, Edwin van Eeckhoven from C2N commented “The critical success factor for achieving the highest possible BREEAM Outstanding rating for on office of approximately 40,000 sqm, was the total commitment from tenant, developer, project team and contractor to achieve this ambition. BREEAM as a certification tool provided an excellent way to clearly define to all parties involved the criteria to be met and the route to achieve them. Winning two prestigious awards – Offices New Construction and Your BREEAM – for The Edge was a well-earned recognition for the effort each and every team member delivered to achieve this outstanding result. For companies involved, the BREEAM awards provide invaluable exposure within the international real estate sector.”

Now in its 26th year, BREEAM has helped shape the built environment and positively contributed to better buildings. As the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for buildings and communities, BREEAM has issued more than 550,000 certificates globally and more than 2.2m buildings registered for assessment.

The shortlist for the 2017 awards can be found at www.breeam.com/awards. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner at the London Marriott, Grosvenor Square on Tuesday 7th March.

To book tickets to attend the awards evening please contact Seema Sheth at seema.sheth@bre.co.uk

Simon Guy
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Head of Marketing and Communications - Sustainability at BRE

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