Carré Vert – Strong teamwork produces outstanding results

Carré Vert in the Levallois-Perret area of Paris has undergone an extraordinary transformation in recent years. It is a large and prestigious office complex, but was once unremarkable in terms of its sustainability performance – that is most certainly not the case today. Carré Vert is the first building in the world to achieve a … Continue reading “Carré Vert – Strong teamwork produces outstanding results”

BREEAM Domestic Refurb goes online

As the BRE Academy continues to look at new ways to bring its training to a wider audience, the latest addition to the e-learning portfolio is BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment, which now sits alongside the already online An introduction to BREEAM, BREEAM Masterclass for Designers and BREEAM Masterclass for Contractors. What are the advantages of the … Continue reading “BREEAM Domestic Refurb goes online”

CASE STUDY: Sustainable Timber on BREEAM Outstanding Adapt Enterprise Centre

The Enterprise Centre at the University of East Anglia opened in autumn 2015.  The 3,400 square metre building is one of the largest timber frame structures in the UK and has achieved BREEAM Outstanding.  The building aimed to demonstrate to that natural products can provide attractive alternatives to conventional technologies. 70% of the studwork for … Continue reading “CASE STUDY: Sustainable Timber on BREEAM Outstanding Adapt Enterprise Centre”

Do green buildings pay?

In recent years there have been different views expressed about the value of investing in sustainable buildings. On the one hand is the view that green buildings can be more valuable – being cheaper to run, attractive to tenants and more secure against the impacts of increasing sustainability legislation. On the other there has been … Continue reading “Do green buildings pay?”

Developing resilience to natural disasters

How do those responding to the world’s growing number of natural disasters ensure that the affected communities have viable futures after the relief workers have gone home?

BREEAM: Sterlinga Business Center

The Hines-owned Sterlinga Business Center in Łódź has obtained the BREEAM Excellent certificate renewal. Read the full article on the building here:     Image By Zorro2212 (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Researching standards and tools to support sustainable infrastructure

Perhaps even more than buildings, civil engineering and infrastructure projects need third party certification to verify and demonstrate their attributes and there is considerable scope to apply rigorous standards and tools such as BREEAM to them. The National Infrastructure Plan published in 2011 identified a pipeline of 550 projects valued at £310bn. There is a … Continue reading “Researching standards and tools to support sustainable infrastructure”