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BRE Launches Public Consultation on BREEAM Update

BRE Launches Public Consultation on BREEAM Update
24 May 2023

The Building Research Establishment is seeking views on an update to its sustainability assessment method, BREEAM.  

Version 7 (V7) of BREEAM will address the need to account for embodied carbon in performance assessments, helping building owners and developers to make more informed decisions about the materials and products they use in order to meet environmental targets. 

It will also include the first modular update across multiple BREEAM schemes, introducing improved Energy and Carbon science across New Construction, In-Use, and Refurbishment and Fit-Out.  

The new version will address whole-life carbon including measuring and reporting on operational carbon emissions as well as embodied carbon, demonstrating to building owners whether a building is on track for net-zero.  

The Building Research Establishment (BRE) will gather views from the wider industry to ensure BREEAM's suite of products reflects the latest science in relation to net-zero carbon and developments in international regulation.  



“Public consultations like these have proven an invaluable exercise in helping to develop BREEAM to users’ ambitions to reduce carbon in and from buildings. I urge all relevant stakeholders to take part.”  

–Gillian Charlesworth

Chief Executive, BRE


BREEAM V7 Due for Release in 2024


The consultation opens on 24 May 2023 and will close on 30 June 2023, with the BREEAM V7 due for release at the beginning of 2024.

Gillian Charlesworth, BRE Chief Executive, said: “By looking at energy and carbon science across the board, BRE continues to provide the leading assessment and certification method for the built environment, helping owners and occupiers around the world to address the most pressing sustainability challenges in a holistic way.  We want to ensure that BREEAM reflects the latest developments in net-zero science and regulation to ensure users can drive sustainability projects beyond best practice, confident that their sustainability goals are being met.  

“Public consultations like these have proven an invaluable exercise in helping to develop BREEAM to users’ ambitions to reduce carbon in and from buildings. I urge all relevant stakeholders to take part.”  

Picture: a photograph of Gillian Charlesworth. Image Credit: BRE

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 24 May 2023


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