Launched in 1990 and developed by the Building Research Establishment (BRE - www.bre.co.uk) BREEAM is an Environmental Assessment Method for new and existing buildings which awards a sustainability rating based on series of credit points. The wider aim of BREEAM is to minimise the adverse effects of buildings on the global and local environment.
Clients, planner's development agencies, funders and developers use BREEAM to specify the sustainability performance of their buildings in a way that is quick, comprehensive, highly visible in the marketplace and provides a level playing field. Property agents use it to promote the environmental credentials and benefits of a building to potential purchasers and tenants.
All new government buildings require a BREEAM rating of excellent.
English Partnerships require a BREEAM rating of Very Good for all of their developments.
The DCSF (Department for Children, Schools and Families) require new build and refurbishment education buildings achieve Very Good as a condition of capital funding.
The Department of Health requires new build healthcare buildings to achieve Excellent and refurbishments a Very Good rating.
Some local planning authorities require a BREEAM rating on a building as a condition of planning permission.
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