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Green bodies unite to challenge LEED

In a nod to an article published in H&V News, BRE Global and the UK Green Building Council have announced that they are to begin working together to better promote and develop BREEAM.

 

The Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method, developed in 1990, is used to assess a building’s environmental impact. Versions of the assessment process are updated regularly in line with the UK Building Regulations.

 

Last week (February 23), H&V News reported that the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the US-equivalent for assessing green buildings, was beginning to challenge BREEAM, both at home and abroad.

 

The UK-GBC denied LEED’s increasing international dominance was the behind its announcement. “This has been something that we have been considering for a while now,” a spokesperson said.

 

“We’ve been carrying out a number of reviews and workshops over the last year looking at the range of tools at our disposal and considering how these can be strengthened.

 

“This has been a long time in development. Our announcement was timed to coincide with the announcement of Martin Townsend as director of BREEAM.”

 

A BRE-Global spokesperson, however, admitted that it had not “done enough to shout about BREEAM” and that it was really keen to promote the uptake of BREEAM.

 

He said both companies would be examining the various national methodologies – including CASBEE, LEED and greenstar - and were in discussions about sharing international best practice.

 

Commenting on the announcement Paul King, UK-GBC chief executive, said: “BREEAM is long established and well respected, but must continue to innovate and develop if it is to serve the needs of this dynamic sector.

 

“We want to see radically improved uptake of BREEAM and ensure we facilitate learning on best practice the green building councils around the world.”