Tenants, landlords and stakeholders around the world are paying increasing attention to Environmental Social Governance (ESG) criteria, marking a positive shift in values across sectors.
The global building and construction sector accounts for 36% of energy consumption worldwide and 40% of CO2 emissions, making commercial fit outs a crucial part of any sustainability strategy. Prioritising environmental considerations comes with financial benefits as well, including an increase in asset value and property value, higher occupancy rates, greater talent attraction and retention, and lower construction and operating costs.
BREEAM, or the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method, was first launched in the UK in 1990. It sets best practice standards for the environmental performance of buildings through design, specification, construction and operation. BREEAM is one of a range of assessments and certifications that help businesses quantify their sustainability commitments.
BREEAM can assess standard project categories such as offices, retail, education and healthcare, but also offers bespoke schemes for non-standard projects. This assessment method ensures clients, project teams and facility managers are certain that the required standard of best environmental practice is adopted in their project. It can also be used as a marketing tool for potential tenants.
There are nine criteria that make up the BREEAM scoring scheme. Each of the criteria are weighted differently and there is a minimum standard that must be achieved for each one. The resulting score is translated into the project’s overall BREEAM rating.
Projects can achieve a BREEAM Unclassified, Pass, Good, Very Good, Excellent or Outstanding rating.
The BREEAM assessments are carried out by licensed assessors based on a scoring scheme with nine criteria:
Like BREEAM, the SKA rating is an accreditation process that evaluates the fulfilment of sustainability measures. However, the two certifications have varying requirements and characteristics. To help businesses determine which assessment is right for them, we’ve put together a side-by-side comparison.
When our clients choose to go through the BREEAM accreditation process, we appoint a BREEAM assessor to conduct the pre-assessment and work with the project team to ensure the scheme is aligned to achieve the client’s desired rating. Our Sustainability and Compliance Manager, Dieuwertje Kingma, works directly with the project teams to make certification as smooth as possible.
To learn more about some of the main rating schemes for fit out projects – including assessment criteria and side-by-side comparisons – download our free guide.download now