The Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) is a tool that is used to review and improve the environmental performance of all types of buildings. Local Planning Authorities often require proposed developments to reach a certain BREEAM level. Phlorum staff are licensed BREEAM assessors, covering office, retail and industrial buildings.
As well as ensuring compliance with planning policies and their use in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) a high BREEAM level can demonstrate your “green” credentials to investors and clients, minimising investment risk and increasing the ethical appeal of a development. Aside from benefits seen in reduced energy use, building to BREEAM requirements will result in financial savings from minimised building running costs, increased comfort for staff and occupants and provision of a safe, secure and healthy working environment.
It is suggested that all new projects looking to gain a BREEAM rating should employ a design consultant on the design team, so a strategy for meeting targets can be implemented as soon as possible.