Green guide to specification, certified environmental profiles and BREEAM
In June 2017, BRE published a new document entitled 'Green guide to specification, certified environmental profiles and BREEAM'.
Much is said about materials selection and many sources of information are available mostly at the level of an individual material.
Through its built environment certification scheme, BREEAM, BRE has encouraged a more whole building level consideration of materials through the use of robust and science-based approaches during the design and procurement of buildings, infrastructure and others aspects of the built environment.
However, the current focus on whole building LCAs reflects a strategic shift in the approach taken in sustainability assessment of the built environment within the BREEAM family, and the implications of this shift on the future of Green Guide ratings and Environmental Profiles Certification is described in this document.
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