British BREEAM (Building Research Establishment's Environmental Assessment Method) is an approach for promoting and certifying sustainable buildings.
Motivation for having BREEAM certification of a building is to achieve higher value of a building in balance, or better sales price or better rental price with sustainability as additional argument, or to promote public perception of the company operating a BREEAM certified building, or to promote environment and health.
A study of RICS showed the economic trade-off of green buildings.
Credits are awarded in ten categories according to performance. These credits are then added together to produce a single overall score on a scale of Pass, Good, Very Good, Excellent and Outstanding.
BREEAM was established in the UK. There are national versions in a number of countries:
BREEAM and products
Products cannot be BREEAM certified. Only buildings can. A product can be certified by BRE and listed in BRE Global's Green Guide based on its environmental profile for showing that the product can be used in a BREEAM assessment to help achieve credits, but low emissions are not an element of that certification.
The criteria for low emitting products are not compulsory; you
can raise a BREEAM certified building without low-emitting
products. Use of low emitting materials can
be helpful to achieve one or two points for improving indoor air
quality. Motivation of product
manufacturers to show that their product can support
collecting BREEAM points
compliance") is that they can sell their
products to those who want to achieve BREEAM
certification of their building. But BREEAM does
not foresee any type of "BREEAM compliance"
attestation of a product. See
BREEAM UK / International and BREEAM Norway for details.
Products may qualify for good environmental rating in general with an Environmental Profile including a Life Cycle Assessment. Such rating can lead to listing of a product in a database of BREEAM qualified products.
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