Last edited 26 Mar 2021

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Building back better with BREEAM



[edit] Introduction

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented public health crisis and the most significant economic shock since the Great Depression, exposing weaknesses in our economy and society. It has also demonstrated what society can achieve by working for a common goal against a common threat.

Demand for a return to a better normal is increasing with the spotlight being shone on global issues - the impending threat of climate change being most prevalent. Without action, the global climate change crisis will cause social and economic damage far greater than those caused by COVID-19.

Together, buildings and construction are responsible for 39% of all carbon emissions. We must build back better.

BREEAM is well placed to help the built environment achieve this in a meaningful way. BREEAM was the world’s first sustainability rating, and BREEAM standards are tailored to address the unique aspects of each life cycle stage in the built environment. BREEAM standards support investors, developers, clients and stakeholders to deliver and validate the sustainability value of their assets and, in doing so, create higher values and lower risks. BREEAM works by bringing multiple disciplines together to focus on one common, holistic framework. It sets performance levels to support a consistent method and offers tradeable and flexibility.

[edit] The BREEAM Building Back Better Hub

BREEAM has been considering its role and responsibility in the effort to build back better. BREEAM’s contribution can be explored in the overarching briefing hub ‘Building Back Better with BREEAM: Supporting the green recovery’.

This resource serves to provide an overview of the various environmental, economic and social issues that BREEAM addresses. The BREEAM position on each of these issues will be detailed in specific briefing papers that will be released over time as the organisation works through the COVID-19 challenge.

The specific topic areas include:


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