How much traceability is enough?

‘Momentum building for cattle traceability’ according to Beef Magazine. The New York Times is asking ‘Will blockchain fix the mineral traceability woes?’ The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative has created a standard with a traceability mechanism to ensure that certified aluminium has been manufactured by certified producers at every stage. Meanwhile BIM Today reports that ‘verification processes … Continue reading “How much traceability is enough?”

Workshops facilitate knowledge sharing on BREEAM Wiki

Introduction In the past few months the environment has taken a more prominent place in the mainstream narrative. The latest IPCC report (1) stated we have 12 years to seriously address climate change if we are to stay below 1.5 degrees of warming. A WWF Living Planet Report (3) showed an overall decline of 60% … Continue reading “Workshops facilitate knowledge sharing on BREEAM Wiki”

Managing risk and driving innovation with BREEAM

What is Innovation? Well, for this article I will use a standard definition and say that it refers to incremental and emergent, or radical and revolutionary changes in thinking, products, processes, or organisations. The goal of innovation is positive change, to make something better, but striving for that goal also brings with it a level … Continue reading “Managing risk and driving innovation with BREEAM”

Amsterdam’s cultural sector excels in Sustainability

The Amsterdam cultural sector is rapidly developing into the most sustainable in the world. At the end of 2017, Stedelijk Museum, Jewish Historical Museum, EYE and Scheepvaartmuseum received their BREEAM-NL In-Use certificates. They join the Concertgebouw and the Van Gogh Museum (the first BREEAM-NL concert hall and museum) as leaders in sustainability. The certificates were awarded … Continue reading “Amsterdam’s cultural sector excels in Sustainability”

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Hulhumale, the City of Hope

In February, HDC (the Housing Development Corporation of the Maldives, the state-owned master developer of the new island city of Hulhumale) contacted the BRE regarding our potential involvement in assessing future developments there. A small delegation from BREEAM have returned from talks regarding further co-operation with HDC on this ambitious project. Known mainly as a … Continue reading “Hulhumale, the City of Hope”

Getting results with building LCA

  As described in the earlier article Why building LCA?, BREEAM New Construction 2018 requires building LCA to be carried out for the new Mat 01 issue. The requirements in Mat 01 focus on rewarding good quality building LCA through comparison with a benchmark and options appraisal. Starting with the project brief/requirements, designers use building … Continue reading “Getting results with building LCA”

Home Quality Mark ONE – helping change the culture in home building

Building more high-quality new homes that fit our current and future needs is a national priority.  BRE has developed the Home Quality Mark (HQM) to provide developers with the tools and framework to differentiate, prove and communicate the benefits of their homes. This then gives consumer, clients, financiers and the wider sector the information and … Continue reading “Home Quality Mark ONE – helping change the culture in home building”

Norvento headquarters achieve the highest score in BREEAM ES

The CIne building, located in Lugo, has obtained a BREEAM Outstanding rating.  The building is energy self-sufficient and is also able to disconnect from the electricity and gas grids without affecting its performance. The CIne building (Norvento Enerxía Innovation Centre) is one of the most advanced in the world in terms of self-generation and energy independence … Continue reading “Norvento headquarters achieve the highest score in BREEAM ES”