Real estate in balance with BREEAM
A BREEAM certificate gives you insight into the balance between people and building, economy and ecology, savings and comfort.
I do, anyway. For example, I try to eat less meat, spend less time in the shower and I don't mindlessly throw away food that's past the best-by date. (Tip: smell and taste it first to see whether it has really deteriorated.) I've also chosen to step outside my comfort zone and drive an electric car. Sometimes you just have to do it.
The whole pictureAnd that applies to organisations as well. They, too, can take small and big steps to establish a balance between their real estate, the surroundings and the users. As a BREEAM expert, I help them in this. BREEAM is the certificate that proves the sustainability of real estate and real estate projects. For the building itself, the technology, and for its management and use.
The whole picture: from butterflies outside right up to a smile of the user.
Less costs, improved productivity and health - more value overall.
"The BREEAM certificate is proof that you take sustainability seriously."
Facts to the surfaceThis certification process also generates a lot of knowledge. In very many areas, a thermometer is inserted into the building and the policy. Internally as an organisation, all the facts come to the surface. The result: crystal-clear insight into your situation. You might think that you're doing a good job, but then you discover that all kinds of improvements are possible. KPIs for energy consumption? Fine! But how is this policy managed and monitored? What happens with all that measurement data? What if there are any deviations? When are these reported? And how fast does the organisation respond? Often it appears that the policy can be much tighter.
Low-threshold step: the pre-assessment
Certification is obviously a serious and nerve-racking step. That's why many of our clients have a pre-assessment done. This is a low-threshold way to find out how a building scores in BREEAM. And also very useful if you have a particular ambition, for example to immediately score three or four stars. Then you can see exactly in advance what improvements are needed to achieve that goal. It also means fewer unpleasant surprises during the certification process itself.
But even more important than the number of stars is the fact that as an organisation you are taking the step, taking responsibility and really showing commitment. Sometimes you just have to do it.