BREEAM was created in 1990 in order to evaluate the environmental impact of a building in a simple and economical way and thus reduce it, and it was developed within this period and became a comprehensive and detailed one. Thus far, 714,000 buildings in the world have been registered to receive BREEAM certification, and 116,000 buildings have been certified.
According to BREEAM, the scoring takes place in 10 main categories:
Health and Well-Being
Land Use and Ecology
These main categories also have weight according to the conditions of the country or their geographies. Weights in Europe are 12% for Building Management, 15% for Health and Well- Being, 19% for Energy, 8% for Transportation, 6% for Water, 12.5% for Materials, 7.5% for Wastes, 10% for Land Use and Ecology, 10% for Pollution and 10% for Innovation. This method of BREEAM makes it very advantageous in terms of adaptation to different countries and geographies compared to other methods.
According to the BREEAM method, buildings can have different degrees of certification based on scoring:
BREEAM Very Good,
Recent researches have shown that since 1990, when BREEAM was first implemented, it has generated 4.5 million tons of CO2 emission gain which is equivalent to the total amount of emissions of 40,000 homes in the UK, or excessive emission above the country's standards generated by more than 750,000 buildings. www.breeam.org
Green Building Examples
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