For more than twenty years BRE Global has operated and maintained BREEAM as a tool for evaluating, measuring and sharing knowledge on the built environment. In this time BREEAM has evolved and adapted, not only to changes in our knowledge of planning, construction and operation of buildings, but also to changing environmental, economic and social needs.
In the past five years, BREEAM has been successfully delivering a valuable service to international clients. Professional working relationships both abroad and in the UK have produced constructive criticism of BREEAM and its technical content and processes to which we have responded to ensure we drive sustainability in the built environment.
Going forward, we are concerned to ensure that the direction of BREEAM and its future evolution is guided by our international partners, building on the principles of science and independence that underpin the approach we have always taken.
The most significant step we took in 2010 was to position BREEAM within an overall framework for the environmental assessment of the built environment. This framework is broad enough to allow 'plug and play' tools and processes to become affiliated with BREEAM across all life cycle stages of buildings and infrastructure.
We have created a framework that can be applied to any local processes and products which have been developed to support the assessment of buildings. The framework sits under a new Code for Sustainable Built Environment which is summarised in the diagram below.
We anticipate that this new model for development and the detailed changes that we are making to update the core BREEAM Standard will make BREEAM even more transparent, more adaptable and more attractive as a partner both in the UK as well as internationally. We hope that our new approach will drive forward interest and commitment to sustainable buildings.
For a detailed introduction to the international Code for Sustainable Built Environment please click on the download link on the right of this web page.
If you wish to know more or learn about becoming affiliated to BREEAM please contact the BREEAM office.
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