Developed in 1990 by BRE Global, BREEAM is internationally recognized as the most comprehensive and holistic environmental assessment method with over 2,250,000 registered projects and 565,000+ certified buildings worldwide across more than 83 countries.
Focusing on assessing and rating the performance of existing buildings, BREEAM USA In-Use has been adapted from BREEAM In-Use International to reflect differences in American standards and practices while still providing the global comparability. (Source: BRE Global, American Assets Trust, Yahoo, 16 July, 2019) Contact: American Assets Trust, www.americanassetstrust.com; BRE Global, www.bregroup.com/about-us/bre-global; BREEM USA, www.www.breeam.com/usa
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Four major real estate investor groups are presently participating and BRE America is accepting other investor groups into the pilot program with a minimum of three properties. The goal of the pilot is to develop technical criteria based on evidence using existing properties to adapt BREEAM In-Use for residential space type not currently addressed by other rating programs. The technical manual will be made available for public consultation and formalized in tandem with the BREEAM In-Use update scheduled for 2019.
BRE is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science center that provides standards for the built environment. Unlike other building standards providers, BRE conducts research and develops science-backed standards to advance the built environment. (Source: BRE, PR, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: BRE America, Susan Giles, (831) 840-8282,
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The BREEAM In-Use standard is available to all commercial existing buildings of any size, age or condition.
BREEAM USA, a partnership between BRE Group and BuildingWise, a US-based LEED certification consultancy, has been used on over two million registered projects and over 550,000 certified buildings in 70 countries.
(Source: BREEAM USA, Contact: BREEAM America, Barry Giles, CEO, Niall Trafford, COO, www.bre.co.uk
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The building was designed for minimal energy consumption and incorporates natural ventilation, wind catchers, a "green" roof, a water leak detection system and sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) to deliver energy and water reductions. (Source: ProudGreenBuilding, 5 April, 2017) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; AECOM, Matthew Butler, Associate Dir of building Engineering, www.aecom.com; BREEAM America, Barry Giles,CEO, Niall Trafford, COO, www.bre.co.uk
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