BREEAM building sustainability standard arrives in the U.S.

[Admin: BREEAM is the dominant building-sustainability standard within the United Kingdom (UK), whereas LEED is the dominant green-building standard outside the UK. Also, although “sustainable” and “green” are often used interchangeably, they are not necessarily the same thing.]

BREEAM, the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology — a sustainability assessment method for master planning projects, infrastructure and buildings — is introduced to the United States market today.

BREEAM USA will be delivered through a partnership of BuildingWise, a US-based LEED certification consultancy, and BRE, research, consultancy, training, testing and certification organizations delivering sustainability and innovation across the built environment and associated industries. The collaboration allows BuildingWise and BRE to bring BREEAM to the United States. BREEAM USA will focus on the BREEAM In-Use standard to address the 5.6 million existing commercial buildings in the U.S. that are not currently benchmarking their sustainability efforts using a scientifically-based green building certification…

Designed by BRE (Building Research Establishment), the BREEAM rating system has a 25-year track record of driving efficiency improvements in new and existing buildings around the world. BREEAM In-Use is an independent, science-based and inclusive assessment that gives facility managers and owners a framework for improving the operational sustainability of their asset, reducing energy costs, and consequently carbon footprints…

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