How Firstgreen Consulting Can Help You Achieve BREEAM Certification?
Suggest blog titles BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) is a leading sustainability assessment method for buildings, used worldwide. It evaluates a building’s environmental impact and sustainability performance, using a range of criteria including energy and water use, materials, pollution, and waste management. Building owners and developers are increasingly recognizing the importance of achieving a BREEAM certification for their buildings. This is because BREEAM certification provides independent verification that a building has been designed and constructed with sustainability in mind, and can help attract tenants who are looking for sustainable buildings to occupy. Firstgreen Consulting is a leading sustainability consulting firm that specializes in helping building owners and developers achieve their BREEAM certification. Their team of experts can provide a range of services to support clients throughout the BREEAM certification process, from initial design and construction through to post-construction evaluation. One key area where Firstgreen Consulting can help building owners and developers achieve their BREEAM certification is during the “shell and core” stage of a building’s development. During this stage, the building may lack certain building services and materials that form part of the BREEAM assessment, as these are to be installed by the tenant during their fit-out works. To address this, the BREEAM scheme allows the assessor to award a rating based on what has been done by the landlord/developer to the shell and core stage, and what is to be done by the tenant to take the building from that stage to completion (i.e. its initial fit-out). Firstgreen Consulting can help ensure that the tenant’s fit-out works adhere to the relevant BREEAM standards, either through specific contractual obligations or through generic guides supplied to tenants by the landlord/developer. If contractual obligations exist that require the initial fit-out works to adhere to the relevant BREEAM standards, then the BREEAM credits should be awarded. The actual fit-out works may not be inspected to see whether those standards were achieved. Where there are no contractual obligations placed on the tenant, then any generic guide which the landlord/developer supplies to its tenants, which describes the standards to be achieved by tenants in their initial fit-out, in order to comply with the relevant BREEAM issues for the building. Since this encourages achievement of the necessary standards (but imposes no obligation to do so), only half the available credits will be awarded for these elements. In conclusion, achieving BREEAM certification is becoming increasingly important for building owners and developers, as sustainability becomes a more important consideration for tenants. Firstgreen Consulting can help building owners and developers achieve their BREEAM certification, including during the shell and core stage of development, by ensuring that tenant fit-out works adhere to the relevant BREEAM standards.