BREEAM In Use (BIU) is a standard covering the major issues that affect buildings through their operational life. It is compatible with the major environmental reporting systems such as ISO 14001, Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s) , Display Energy Certificates (DEC’s) and RR (Fire Safety) Order.
In this the first of three briefings covering the three parts of BIU namely the Asset, Building Management Performance, and Organisational Effectiveness, we will consider the building itself. Each of the parts can be carried out independently of the others.
The criteria used in the Asset assessment each have a score which contributes to the total, but it is not necessary to meet all of the criteria to obtain a rating against the standard, hence the continuing development ethos of the standard. The Asset assessment criteria cover energy, water, the construction materials of the building, waste and the pollution produced by the operation of the building. I addition to these physical factors there are others associated with the personnel within the building and these cover health and wellbeing, transport and accessibility, together with land use and ecology.
Within each of these broad topics are a number of subsections, for instance under energy the assessment will need to consider the CO2 emissions, sub-metering of high energy demand processes or tenants in a multi-tenanted building, together with any built in renewable or low emission energy generators. The assessment does not take into consideration commercially provided green energy.
The above information is provided to the model through the on-line questionnaire which is then verified by the independent BIU auditor. On successful completion of the audit the certificate can be provided if the necessary standard has been achieved. The auditor can be appointed by the client to assist in the assessment process with general guidance on completion of the questionnaire.
In the next briefing we will look at the criteria for the Building Management rating, but for more information in the meantime contact firstname.lastname@example.org