BREEAM New Construction: Data Centres

BREEAM data centres is an assessment method and certification scheme that can be used at the design, construction, and refurbishment phases of the building's lifecycle. The scheme is used to assess the environmental impact of unoccupied or occupied data centre buildings.

Data centres are used to house computer systems and associated components, such as telecommunications and storage systems. These buildings tend to be heavy consumers of energy and, as they have grown in number interest in applying BREEAM to assess their environmental impacts has also grown.  

Launched in 2010 the BREEAM data centres scheme allows for the assessment of this specialised type of building using the standard BREEAM methodology. The scheme recognises the data centres energy intensive nature, of these rewarding efforts to reduce this impact. This is balanced against the need to reduce other key environmental impacts. Associated with the construction and operation of buildings. BREEAM Data Centres assessments can be carried out on :  

  • New Data Centre buildings,
  • Major refurbishment of existing Data Centre buildings,
  • Fit-outs of existing Data Centre buildings.

To learn more and see what issues are covered by a BREEAM data centres assessment you can download a copy of the BREEAM data centres Scheme Document from the Resources section of this website. 

BREEAM New Construction is not appropriate for assessing the environmental impact of existing buildings in use. For information on the assessment of existing buildings please go to the BREEAM In-Use scheme page using the ‘Schemes’ link at the top of this page. If you want to know more about using BREEAM to assess the environmental impact of an existing building refurbishment of fit-out please go to the BREEAM Refurbishment scheme page using the ‘Schemes’ link at the top of this page.


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