SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFICATION OF BUILDINGS
BREEAM New Construction International, developed by the BRE (UK counterpart of the Belgian WTCB), is used worldwide as a guide and benchmark for certification of sustainable new construction and major renovation. BREEAM focuses on 9 environmental areas; management, health & wellbeing, energy, water, transportation, materials, waste, land use & ecology and pollution. Under innovation, (project specific) innovative ideas can be proposed or outstanding performance on typical BREEAM aspects can be demonstrated. The chapters are divided into sub-aspects with specific scores. The total project score determines the level of certification, going from 'Pass', 'Good', over the popular 'Very Good' and 'Excellent' to the very ambitious 'Outstanding'.
Some examples are: ecology during the construction phase, LCA (= life cycle analysis), energy performance, renewable energy, daylight in office spaces and thermal comfort, water consumption, sustainable exploitation and production of materials, facilities for cyclists and pedestrians, promotion of sustainable transport, low NOx emissions, flood risk, management of site waste, ecological aspects, ...
In continental Europe, offices, retail and industrial buildings, housing and schools are often certified under BREEAM. Other buildings can also be BREEAM-certified via the 'tailor-made' or 'Bespoke' method. BREEAM strives for the right balance between sustainability, comfort, safety and health, during the construction phase and afterwards during the operational phase of the building. Generally speaking, BREEAM certification implies the ambition to go at least one step further than the legal requirements in terms of sustainability.
Exergie guides your organization through the entire certification process.