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?”

BREEAM Projects integration comes to IES TaP for BREEAM UK New Construction 2018

Following the success of the initial integration of IES TaP with BREEAM Projects for the BREEAM International New Construction 2016 scheme last year, the IES TaP team are delighted to announce this latest integration. It is the first of its kind for the BREEAM UK New Construction 2018 scheme, and will bring even greater efficiencies … Continue reading “BREEAM Projects integration comes to IES TaP for BREEAM UK New Construction 2018”

BREEAM takes Chinese lessons

How ‘green’ is construction in China? How does it compare to Europe & North America? How quickly is the industry developing? These were some of the questions in my mind as I ventured on my first trip to the country. And whilst I don’t profess to now have all the answers, I learned a lot … Continue reading “BREEAM takes Chinese lessons”

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”

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”