BREEAM Certification

The pioneering sustainability assessment method for buildings

Alpin’s locally based team is the region’s leading authority on creating BREEAM Certified spaces that greatly enhance the performance of buildings and can also help you implement a wide range of design strategies based on BREEAM’s special concepts. BREEAM rated developments are designed to be sustainable spaces that improve the well-being of the people who live and work in them, protect natural resources, and make for more desirable investments.

What is BREEAM?

Created by the Building Research Establishment (BRE), a BREEAM assessment is an environmental assessment method that is internationally recognized for buildings with over 500,000 certificates issued across 77 countries.

It recognizes and amplifies the value in higher performing assets across the built environment lifecycle, from refurbishment and new construction to in-use. BREEAM does this through third-party certification. Using standards developed by the BRE, BREEAM assesses an asset’s environmental, social and economic sustainability performance.

Why choose BREEAM?

BREEAM is designed to help alleviate the environmental impact of buildings through intelligent design, construction, management, and refurbishment.

The assessment is a credit-based system that scores the performance of buildings during the design (RIBA Stage 1-4), construction phase (RIBA Stage 5-6), and well into operation for new and refurbished buildings, as well as any extensions and existing buildings.

BREEAM has a holistic approach in addressing the following nine issues with the help of third-party certifications to the asset’s social, environmental, and economic sustainability performance:

  1. Management
  2. Health and Wellbeing
  3. Energy
  4. Transport
  5. Water
  6. Materials
  7. Waste
  8. Land Use and Ecology
  9. Pollution

Each category is further divided into a range of assessments, with its own aim, target, and benchmarks.

After a set target or benchmark is reached it is awarded score points, called credits by the BREEAM assessor. Each category is weighted according to the number of credits reached and collectively determines the final performance of the project and the rating it receives.

BREEAM encourages clients to embrace a more sustainable approach and sets the standard for sustainable performance in design and construction. As the UK’s preferred environmental rating system, the assessment has the potential to improve market recognition for sustainable and low-environmental impact buildings. It assures reduced running costs, and better working and living environments resulting in increased building user satisfaction and productivity. By understanding the whole life cycle of the building, investors will see reduced operating and maintenance costs as well as a higher valuation for rentals in commercial buildings.

Are you committed to building great things?