Independent research by BSRIA
on the usefulness of BREEAM
to industry has been released.
The report The Value of BREEAM found a mainly positive reaction to the scheme with 88% of respondents stating a belief that BREEAM was ‘a good thing’. The survey encompassed opinion from clients, construction professionals, designers and BREEAM assessors among others.
Predictable issues such as the rigidity of the scheme were flagged as, of the 76% of respondents who believe that improvements could be made, many cited flexibility and simplification of the assessment process as particularly in need of development. Less than half of clients spoken to by BSRIA had encountered significant extra cost on a project due to BREEAM.
Lower operational cost was found to be the primary benefit of BREEAM: 77% of those surveyed had saved money. Improved occupant satisfaction and industry standing both received a 59% respondent recognition.
An imbalance between operational and embodied savings was highlighted as only 43% of respondents saw a reduction in construction waste and materials usage. Just 12% reported higher rental value, indicating that the wider commercial market is yet to realise the lower operational costs of a building, or is unwilling to pay the difference in rent.
's Martin Townsend, director of BREEAM, said: “As we look to improve the performance of buildings across all the various stages of their life, it is essential that we do this based on feedback from customers and users as well as the latest research.”
He added: “This report comes at an important time as we start to consider the “next generation” BREEAM and how we ensure we embrace the most effective ways of driving performance based on market need, without adding complexity and cost.”
Paul King, chief executive at UK Green Building Council, said: “This report shows the value – in many forms – that can be derived from a consistent approach to measuring and benchmarking the design and performance of buildings, and unless we do that much more widely, we will fail to make the gains that could benefit so many people.”
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