Created in 1990 by BRE (the Building Research Establishment), BREEAM was the first green building certification program and today is recognized as the world’s leading sustainability assessment method with over 2.2 million assets registered in 83 countries and over 565,000 certifications issued. BRE currently offers two programs in the United States, In-Use and New Construction.
BREEAM In-Use is a rigorous, cost-effective and globally recognized online benchmarking and certification program for building sustainability performance. The standard integrates environmental performance (energy water and waste) with human health and well-being and resilience to protect the asset's future value.
BREEAM In-Use allows the independent assessment of the physical asset's performance and building management, delivering valuable business information through benchmarking to improve performance and providing an option to certify the performance for global recognition of achievement.
BREEAM New Construction provides a framework to encourage clients and designers to strive for the most sustainable building within the constraints of the project. It is used to assess the design, construction, intended use and future-proofing of new building developments, including the local, natural or human-created environment surrounding the building. Certificates can be issued at the Design Stage (noted as interim BREEAM rating based on the design) and Post-Construction to confirm the final BREEAM rating for the as-built performance of the building after construction is complete.