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BREEAM Certification

Launched in the UK in the 1990's for office buildings, then growing to include commerce, industry and housing, BREEAM certification (Building Research Establishment Environnemental Assessment) is the most commonly used method in Europe for evaluating and improving the energy performance of buildings. Thousands of buildings have now been evaluated using this method.

BREEAM certification evaluates the building's specification, design, construction and use. There are numerous categories and criteria measured, from energy to ecology, in order to assess the performance of the building. These criteria include aspects relating to energy and water consumption, the internal environment (health and well-being), pollution, transport, materials, waste, ecology and management processes.
Points are attributed to each of these aspects according to the performance attained. A weighting system allows points to be counted on aggregate to obtain an overall score which can then be used for promotional purposes.     

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The interest in this certification, other than the simplicity of its 4 performance levels, is that it can be used for both new and existing buildings. 


Both LEED and BREEAM certifications have a scoring system. This system has the advantage of permitting comparisons between buildings and taking into account the performance obtained in consideration with the design.

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