Established in 1990 in the UK by BRE Global, BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) was the first sustainability assessment and certification system in the world.

It is an international standard and has been adapted for US projects. Like other green certifications, BREEAM recognizes high performing assets and rewards sustainability in the built environment. It aims to recognize sustainable buildings and encourage best environmental practices during all stages of the property, from planning and design to construction and operations.

Certification Process

The BREEAM certification process begins with the client deciding on the BREEAM standard that is right for the asset, and then choosing a licensed BREEAM Assessor to assess the project. The licensed Assessor will help register the project, do a pre-assessment, and analyze the necessary data about the asset. If the project is not up to standard, a sustainability consultant can help improve the asset to get it on par. Once the Assessor reviews the information and determines the project is in compliance with the chosen standard, he or she will submit the assessment for certification.

Benefits of BREEAM Certification

  • It is widely recognized, including by GRESB
  • Certifies higher performing assets, which is a key advantage for portfolios
  • Flexible, allowing the developer or asset owner to choose the certification that correspond with their current property type and operations
  • A cost-effective green certification

BREEAM Commercial Building Scope

Commercial building types that can be certified: office, industrial, retail, education, residential long stay (senior/assisted living), and residential short stay (hotels).

Available BREEAM USA Certifications:
  • BREEAM New Construction
  • BREEAM Refurbishment & Fit-Out
  • BREEAM In-Use

Environmental Categories judged as part of the certification process:

  • Management
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Energy
  • Transport
  • Water
  • Land Use & Ecology
  • Resources
  • Resilience
  • Pollution

BREEAM Advisory Professional (BREEAM AP)

Definition by BREEAM: Advisory Professional (AP) is an individual with a high level of general knowledge of the scheme(s) principles, requirements and processes. They also have the skills and experience needed to inform, guide and facilitate project teams throughout the BREEAM process.

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Contact Partner Energy today to learn more about BREEAM and how our team of sustainability consultants and BREEAM Advisory Professionals can help your property get certified.

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