BREEAM In-Use (BIU) is an environmental assessment method that enables property investors, owners, managers and occupiers to determine and drive sustainable improvements in the operational performance of their existing buildings. It provides sustainability benchmarking and assurance for all building types.
The value of BIU consists in:
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BIU is a performance-based assessment method for the certification of existing residential and commercial assets. The primary aim of BIU is to mitigate the operational impacts of existing assets on the environment. Clients can measure, evaluate and reflect the performance of their new assets against best practice in an independent, cost-effective and robust manner.
The BIU assessment process is broken down into two Parts:
The outcome of a BIU assessment is a certified rating for the Parts which an assessment is undertaken against. All Parts can be assessed and certified in isolation, and each will receive an independent rating, reflecting performance across the nine environmental categories below. The process enables performance levels to be benchmarked, providing the platform for informed management decisions to be made, helping to optimise performance. Through on-going assessments, BIU encourages continual improvement.
Real estate owners, occupiers, developers and funders around the world are facing ever increasing demands to address Corporate Social Responsibility and ESG. This results in a need to have clear reporting processes related to the assets they own, manage and occupy. By gathering, analysing and sharing data trends related to the performance of these assets, BIU can help clients to develop a common understanding of how their assets perform, outlining the areas which present the largest opportunity for improvement.
Assessing an asset according to BIU means a client can:
BIU International has been developed for use in all countries where there is no locally adapted version. Please refer to this link for further details on countries with local adapted version of BREEAM.
The object of the BIU certification is an asset. It does not have to include the whole building; it could include just part of a building or a single floor. In such cases, the scope of the BIU assessment must include all relevant amenity and service areas. An asset cannot normally include more than one building. The only exception is where several buildings meet the following criteria:
BIU rating benchmarks enable a client and all other stakeholders to compare the performance of assets. In this respect each BREEAM rating broadly represents:
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