score for Part 2 than Part 1.
If registered users wish to take
the next step and pursue certification, they hire a BREEAM In-Use
Assessor to verify their asset’s score.
Assessors are licensed by BREEAM
USA and they are independent. They
cannot undertake verification for
their own company or for properties
for which they have previously provided consulting or other services.
As the verification fee is not fixed,
each user negotiates a price (based
on building size and the amount and
readiness of the required data) with
an assessor. All verification is done
by the assessor at the site.
their score to benchmark properties,
evaluate what-if scenarios and identify
areas for improvement. Worldwide,
2.2 million buildings have registered
for assessment since BREEAM was
launched in 1990.
“A lot of people use it internally
for benchmarking without wanting
to pursue formal certification,” Giles
An asset without the latest technology and building equipment
might have a modest score for Part 1.
Nevertheless, the green operation of a
given building might be very effective.
Such management success could be
PROGRAM has six
based on an explicit
of the assessment
RATING SCALE FOR BREAAM IN-USE PROGRAM
Outstanding ≥85 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Excellent ≥70 to <85 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Very Good ≥55 to <70 ★ ★ ★ ★
Good ≥ 40 to <55 ★ ★ ★
Pass ≥ 25 to < 40 ★ ★
Acceptable ≥ 10 to < 25 ★
Unclassified < 10 —
The assessor pays quality assurance
fees ($750 for each part to be certified) directly to BRE America when
submitting an asset for certification.
Certificates for Parts 1 and 2 can be
renewed annually up to two times for
$250. Renewals do not require a site
visit. Part 3 certificates require annual
recertification. Worldwide, BRE has
issued more than 558,000 asset certifications.
The BREEAM USA In-Use Technical
Manual is available for free down-
load at www.breeamusa.com. B
Chris Olson firstname.lastname@example.org
is Chief Content Director of BUILDINGS.
CATEGORIES FOR THE BREEAM IN-USE ASSESSMENT
To encourage the adoption of sustainable management practices related to operational activities to
ensure that robust sustainability objectives are set, monitored and regularly updated.
To manage, monitor and increase the comfort and health and safety of asset occupants, visitors and
other users within the asset.
To manage and monitor energy consumption and to encourage the use of equipment that supports the
sustainable use and management of energy in the asset.
To recognize the implementation of policies that record the impacts related to transport, the proximity
of local amenities and improve the ability of stakeholders to utilize alternative means of transportation.
To manage and monitor water consumption in the operation of the asset and its site to encourage sustainable water consumption.
To manage and monitor the environmental impact of procurement as well as recognizing the risks to the
asset and its occupiers associated with security, fire and other naturally occurring events.
To encourage and recognize the implementation of policies and systems that reduce waste production
and improve levels of segregation and recycling.
Land Use &
To manage and monitor the impact that activities undertaken on the asset’s site have on the local environment and encourage sustainable land use, habitat protection and creation.
Pollution To prevent, manage, monitor and control pollution associated with the asset’s location and operation.
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