The BRE’s Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) is a standardised environmental assessment method and rating system used for non-domestic new buildings or major refurbishments. It is recognised internationally, but particularly in the UK, with the principal aims of mitigating the life-cycle impact of buildings on the environment and providing a credible environmental label for buildings.

After introducing the key issues the section addresses aspects of the assessment process and the costs of BREEAM. The final focus is on maximising the benefits of BREEAM through effective management of the overall process. Related case studies also provide insight into the practical approach taken to achieve certification.

This section is maintained by Jane Wakiwaka of The Crown Estate.