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About BREEAM

The Green achieved the highest ever BREEAM rating for any building in 2012, at 95.05%.

BREEAM (external link) is the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method for buildings. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de facto measure used to describe a building's environmental performance.

BREEAM sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation and has become one of the most comprehensive and widely recognised measures of a building's environmental performance.

A BREEAM assessment uses recognised measures of performance, which are set against established benchmarks, to evaluate a building’s specification, design, construction and use.

The measures used represent a broad range of categories and criteria from energy to ecology. They include aspects related to energy and water use, the internal environment (health and well-being), pollution, transport, materials, waste, ecology and management processes.

The development has beaten more than 1 million buildings assessed through this leading environmental standard since it was launched in 1990. The Green is one of only 15 buildings in the world to achieve BREEAM's highest classification of 'Outstanding', and the rating announced today sees the development top this premier list.

Consisting of 1,026 bedrooms across four-storey townhouses and six and seven storey apartments, the BREEAM rating has been made possible through meticulous planning of the design and construction methods.

BREEAM Assessment

BREEAM assessment uses recognised measures of performance, set against established benchmarks, to evaluate a building's specification, design, construction and use. The measures used represent a broad range of categories and criteria, from energy to ecology. They include aspects related to energy and water use, the internal environment (health and well-being), pollution, transport, materials, waste, ecology and management processes.

The enhanced BREEAM rating of 'outstanding' was introduced in August 2008 to recognise a new standard of sustainability for exemplary developments. A score of 85% against criteria over different areas must be obtained to achieve Outstanding, compared to 70% for an Excellent rating. There are also higher minimum standards under Outstanding - for example 10 out of the 15 available credits for reducing CO2 emissions must be achieved, compared to the 6 required for an 'excellent' rating.