Green Building Certifications


What is BREEAM In-Use?

BREEAM In-Use is the most widely used certification system for existing buildings in the world, currently in more than 70 countries around the world.

How does BREEAM In-Use certification work?

BREEAM In-Use distinguishes between the performance of a building (Part 1) and the management of a building (Part 2).

BREEAM In-Use can be used to benchmark individual assets, asset groups or entire portfolios against existing buildings across the world. It can also help to monitor performance and facilitate the continuous improvement of an asset over time.

What types of buildings are eligible to receive a BREEAM In-Use certification?

All non-domestic asset types that meet the following criteria:

  1. The asset is a complete and finished structure at the point of submission
  2. The asset has been occupied for at least one year and consumption data is available for the duration of that time
  3. The asset contains spaces that are occupied for longer than 30 minutes at a time
  4. The asset is compliant with all the relevant environmental and health and safety legislation in its location

How does BREEAM In-Use scoring work?

BREEAM In-Use covers major environmental and other sustainability issues that affect buildings and occupants throughout their operational lifecycle. It captures data across nine key sustainability categories:

  1. Energy
  2. Water
  3. Resources
  4. Resilience
  5. Pollution
  6. Land Use & Ecology
  7. Health & Wellbeing
  8. Transport
  9. Building Management

The scoring system is based on BREEAM In-Use credits received under each category, with each category weighted differently.

What are the assessment parts included under BREEAM In-Use?

  1. Asset Performance: The performance of the asset’s base build, construction fixtures and installed building services
  2. Building Management: How well a property asset is managed

BREEAM In-Use certification for Asset Performance (Part 1) and Management Performance (Part 2) can be pursued for an asset separately or jointly.

How does a BREEAM In-Use certification benefit you?

There are significant direct and indirect benefits a BREEAM In-Use assessment can unlock. We have listed the main ones below.

  1. The scheme supports enhancing sustainability credentials in line with a company’s environmental and sustainability policy
  2. The scheme provides a clear framework for reviewing the performance of an individual asset or an entire property portfolio, enabling benchmarking and the identification of high- and underperforming assets
  3. The assessment process encourages continuous year-on-year improvements, which enables the easy identification of priorities for investment to lower operational costs, and enhance building performance and occupant wellbeing
  4. Certification increases your GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark) score
  5. BREEAM In-Use often addresses requirements included in a company’s Fit-Out & Refurbishment guidelines
  6. The assessment processes facilitates improved tenant engagement

How can Longevity help you with your BREEAM In-Use certification?

Longevity Partners has extensive experience in assessing and certifying assets with BREEAM In-Use. We currently manage BREEAM In-Use certifications across Europe, North America, and Asia, making us the largest assessor organization in the world. Longevity Partners can also assist you with BREEAM Refurbishments and Fit Out Assessments.

Our qualifications and European client and partner network allow us to ensure that your project is delivered efficiently and to the highest possible standard.

Our services include:

  1. Management of the entire certification process in the United States and any European country, both in BREEAM International and National Scheme Operator (NSO) regions’
  2. Evaluation of assets against scheme requirements in order to identify and bridge gaps in performance to increase BREEAM In-Use ratings
  3. Advisory services on all matters related to sustainability in operational buildings
  4. Enhanced internal review and auditing processes
  5. Creation and/or strengthening of sustainability policies and procedures

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