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BREEAM In-use Assessments

BREEAM is an independent, third party certification of a developments' sustainable credentials

BREEAM In-Use is a performance based assessment method and certification scheme for existing non-domestic buildings to mitigate the operational impacts on the environment.

BREEAM In-Use is a performance based assessment method and certification scheme for existing non-domestic buildings to mitigate the operational impacts on the environment. An independent, third party certification of a developements' sustainable credentials that assess the design, construction, intended use and future-prrofing of new building developments. The New Construction standards are currently in use in over 69 countries. The assessment criteria process focuses on the design of the building from concept stage to completion. 

We are specialists in Breeam In-Use. It is invaluable to property investors, managing agents and owners wishing to measure and manage a building’s environmental performance.

The asset’s performance is optimised through informed management decisions.

The BREEAM In-Use assessment

Part 1 - Asset Performance: the performance of the asset's construction.

Part 2 - Building Management: the management of the asset.

Part 3 - Occupier Management: the management of building users and services.

The final outcome of a BREEAM In-Use assessment is a certified BREEAM In-Use rating for the Part against which an assessment is undertaken. This certified BREEAM In-Use rating reflects the asset’s performance across the environmental categories listed below. It enables the performance of the asset to be benchmarked but most importantly, the knowledge obtained from such a comprehensive assessment allows the asset’s performance to be optimised through informed management decisions. By enabling on-going assessments, BREEAM In-Use encourages continual improvement.

The BREEAM In-use measures a range of criteria in each Part:

Management

Management

To encourage the adoption of sustainable management practices related to operational activities to ensure that robust sustainability objectives are set, monitored and regularly updated.

Health and wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

To encourage the adoption of sustainable management practices related to operational activities to ensure that robust sustainability objectives are set, monitored and regularly updated.

Energy

Energy

To manage and monitor energy consumption and to encourage the use of equipment that supports the sustainable use and management of energy in the asset.

Transport

Transport

To recognise the implementation of policies that record the impacts related to transport, the proximity of local amenities and improve the ability of stakeholders to utilise alternative means of transportation.

Water

Water

To manage and monitor water consumption in the operation of the asset and its site to encourage sustainable water consumption.

Materials

Materials

To manage and monitor the environmental impact of procurement as well as recognising the risks to the asset and its occupiers associated with security, fire and other naturally occurring events.

Waste

Waste

To encourage and recognise the implementation of policies and systems that reduce waste production and improve levels of segregation and recycling.

Land Use

Land Use & Ecology

To manage and monitor the impact that activities undertaken on the asset’s site have on the local environment and encourage sustainable land use, habitat protection and creation.

Furthermore, there are a number of elements that determine the overall performance of an In-Use project assessed using BREEAM In-Use International and they benefit investors, owners, landlords, facilities managers and occupiers by:

  • Reducing operational costs and increasing efficiency

  • Enhancing asset value and increasing market demand

  • Helping to attract tenants and occupiers

  • Improving the wellbeing, productivity and satisfaction of people working in the building

  • Helping bridge the ‘performance gap’ between modelled outputs and operational outputs

  • Providing independent third party certification of a building’s sustainability

  • Contributing to corporate social responsibility, business reporting and sustainable business leadership

Please email us on info@sustainquality.co.uk or call on 01372 438039.