You may have noticed that there have been a number of office properties that receive a BREEAM rating of sorts; however as this a relatively new classification system and not a priority for many companies, you may be unsure as to exactly what this assessment is and what it means for the properties.
BREEAM (the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) is the most commonly used environmental assessment applied to buildings, ensuring that properties are reaching high standards in terms of environmental efficiency.
BREEAM awards are judged with an efficient grading system against a set criteria – the grades are as follows – PASS, GOOD, VERY GOOD, EXCELLENT and OUTSTANDING. A number of governmental bodies and departments require a specific high standard (typically over and including VERY GOOD) to be opened.
To ensure a high rating, the property must score high in all 8 of the BREEAM environment categories: ‘management’, ‘health and well-being’, ‘energy’, ‘transport’, ‘water’, ‘land use and site ecology’, ‘materials’ and finally, ‘waste and pollution’.
An environmentally-friendly office can help to increase office productivity, reduce operating costs, improve employee morale and display an impressive corporate image, particularly with the importance that is placed upon the environment today.
A building with a high BREEAM rating will gain a coveted position in the commercial property market and presents even further incentives to lease that particular office space and although only 25% of UK buildings are currently BREEAM certified, it is becoming an increasingly important factor in effective office design.