BREEAM Building Technical Standards

BREEAM Building Technical Standards


Building Research Establishment Ltd (BRE)

Type(s) of Tool

Rating Systems



Lifecycle Phase(s)

Project Planning, Concept Design, Procurement, Detailed Design, Construction, Operation and Maintenance, Decomissioning/Repurposing

Open Source


Language Availability

Chinese, English

Country of Origin


Date of Development



2.0 (international) | 3.0 (UK)


BREEAM Buildings Technical Standard is a sustainability assessment method for the building sector with individual standards for (1) New Constructions, (2) In-Use Buildings and (3) Refurbishments. The tool assesses the environmental, social and economic sustainability performance of buildings, with the aim to enhance buildings’ economic and social value whilst mitigating environmental impacts and enhancing user satisfaction. After the assessment, an independent third-party verification takes place and successful projects receive certification. A pre-approval version for planning processes is available.

Tool Outcome

Projects that apply the BREEAM Standard are certified if achieving the threshold. The certified rating reflects the performance achieved by a project and its stakeholders, as measured against the standard and its benchmarks. The BREEAM ratings range from Acceptable (In-Use scheme only) to Pass, Good, Very Good, Excellent and Outstanding and it is reflected in a series of stars on the BREEAM certificate. The rating enables comparability between projects and provides reassurance to customers and users, in turn underpinning the quality and value of the asset.

Sustainability Criteria

BREEAM assessors measure the sustainable value across a broad set of indicators clustered in ten categories:
– Energy
– Health & wellbeing
– Innovation
– Land use
– Materials
– Management
– Pollution
– Transport
– Waste
– Water