BREEAM Green building

BREEAM sustainability rating scheme for green building certification

Ensure your business complies with the various BREEAM certification criteria

BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) is a voluntary green building sustainability rating system established in the UK for assessing the environmental performance of buildings. It assesses the performances of buildings over a wide range of environmental issues to produce a rating of either PASS, GOOD, VERY GOOD, EXCELLENT or OUTSTANDING. These ratings culminate in a BREEAM certification, which validates the environmental sustainability of the building in question.

TÜV SÜD ensures that your business complies with the various BREEAM sustainability assessment criteria, thereby making your portfolio more attractive with the inclusion of BREEAM certified buildings.


What does the breeam sustainability rating criteria INCLUDE?

One of the most common and internationally recognised certification schemes for sustainability in buildings, the rating system involves a wide range of assessment criteria for BREEAM appraisal of a building. BREEAM’s assessment criteria include the following:

 energy and water use  Energy and water use  materials  Material
 internal environment

 International environment
 (health and well-being)

 waste  Waste
 pollution  Pollution  ecology  Ecology
 transport  Transport  management processes  Management processes


How can being a BREEAM certified building benefit your business?

green buildingIf your building complies to the BREEAM rating system, you can expect it to be considerably cheaper to run/operate than non-BREEAM certified buildings. This is because sustainable buildings save significantly on energy and thus costs. Adhering to the BREEAM standards allows you to mitigate your risk while increasing the value of your assets and the retention rates of your tenants.



Benefits of working with TÜV SÜD to obtain a BREEAM certification

  • Ensure that your project is ready for certification at the design stage by working with our BREEAM Accredited Professionals (AP) who will offer advisory services regarding all aspects of green building. They will also help you understand the BREEAM ratings and how to maximize your scores.
  • Work alongside our certified BREEAM Assessors who will implement auditing procedures to ascertain whether the design of your project includes sufficient evidence for BREEAM certification. These assessors are also well-versed in the BREEAM sustainability assessment, providing an additional layer of expertise to your project.
  • Ensure a high level of acceptance of your project due to our proven track record of independence and engineering excellence. Our expertise extends to incorporating BREEAM ratings into the design to enhance the sustainability and acceptance of the project.
  • Benefit from our impartiality to objectively evaluate all relevant structural and technical considerations. This includes an unbiased view of your project against the BREEAM certification requirements, ensuring you meet the highest standards of sustainability.


BREEAM offers the following certification schemes:

  • BREEAM New Construction
  • BREEAM International New Construction
  • BREEAM Communities
  • BREEAM Infrastructure
  • BREEAM In-Use
  • BREEAM Refurbishment & Fit-Out


What BREEAM certification services does TÜV SÜD offer?

All of TÜV SÜD’s partner accredited assessors are BREEAM certified / licensed. Currently, we offer the following services: 

design adviseDesign advise

TÜV SÜD’s BREEAM Accredited Professionals can provide you with complete design solutions:

  • Assess the feasibilities of BREEAM certification for your project
  • Formulate action plans to become BREEAM compliant
  • Design reviews of mechanical and electrical systems according to BREEAM requirements
  • Energy modelling and simulation to demonstrate relevant BREEAM credits
  • Site visits and periodic reviews throughout the project duration


Green Building FacilitationGreen building facilitation

As BREEAM Accredited Professionals, TÜV SÜD works alongside your design team through the BREEAM certification process, exploring alternative means of meeting the objectives of the building owners, budget constraints and BREEAM sustainability assessment criteria. Additionally, our broad understanding of sustainable building certifications, such as LEED environmental standards, allows us to suggest a diverse range of solutions.

During the process, we track and report the team’s progress, oversee the coordination of documentation preparation, manage the coordination of BREEAM credit interpretation requests and upon completion of the project, assist in preparing the full BREEAM documentation package for submission to the relevant Certification Body.


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