BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method)
BREEAM is a widely-used environmental assessment tool for buildings. BREEAM provides metrics for measuring a building’s performance on a variety of environmental factors including sustainable design, energy conservation, indoor environment quality, natural resource conservation and minimizing waste. BREEAM also incorporates consultants and trainings to facilitate environmentally sustainable design and construction of new buildings.
Introduced by BRE (Building Research Establishment) of the UK, this rating tool is considered a comparable alternative to LEED, and is utilized by many of the world’s Green Building Councils as a template for their sustainable building rubrics.
BREEAM: BRE Environmental Assessment Method. (n.d.). Retrieved March 12, 2011 from http://www.breeam.org/