BRE launches Version 6 of their environmental assessment method


BRE has launched version 6 of BREEAM In-Use, which builds upon standards for driving environmental performance and occupant health and well-being, with added emphasis on resilience to climate change, social value and circular economy principles.

BREEAM is an international scheme that provides independent third party certification of the assessment of the sustainability performance of individual buildings, communities and infrastructure projects.

Assessment and certification can take place at a number of stages in the built environment life cycle, from design and construction through to operation and refurbishment.

Since its creation in 2009, BREEAM In-Use has been used by thousands of assets in over 30 countries to ‘benchmark, improve and certify their sustainability performance and to showcase high standards of ESG performance.’

The latest edition of BREEAM In-Use builds on this to keep encouraging and supporting the improvement of all buildings, wherever they are in their sustainability journey.

The updated standard for measuring, improving and certifying operational and environmental performance of existing assets is now live.

Version 6 brings major improvements for commercial buildings and a brand-new offering tailored for residential.

The BREEAM In-Use process continues to create, protect and grow asset value by acting to encourage investment in the asset’s performance, not just in obtaining a certificate.

For those working to BREEAM In-Use 2015, there will be a phased transition to make sure that assessors and clients have enough time before they must upgrade.

Registrations for 2015 assets will remain open for up to a year, except for certified assets that are due to expire after this one-year window.

Clients and BREEAM assessors will have access to the following:

  • Full technical manuals for both commercial and residential
  • A high-level overview of the technical standards in Version 6 for commercial and residential
  • A summary of the changes from the 2015 version for the commercial manual
  • A summary of the external feedback received during public consultation including how it was addressed
  • Release of the updated online platform with its new user interface
  • Updated fees including V6’s 3-year certificate validity

More information is available here