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UKGBC calls on BREEAM to modernise

The UK Green Building Council’s (UKGBC) report on the future of BREEAM has set out guidelines for greater transparency when certifying buildings

The council has called for the sharing of performance data from BREEAM rated buildings to combat differences between energy use calculations at the design stage and actual energy use on occupation, as well as a series of minimum standards.

In addition the UKGBC wants BREEAM to set out its future strategies more clearly, allowing the industry more time to prepare, and showing how its guidance relates to government policy and regulations.

Martin Townsend, director of BREEAM at BRE said:’For me it is essential to engage with the industry and our stakeholders to ensure we develop and adapt Breaam to respond to the market priorities, not just here in the UK, but also in other countries that we operate.’

The report also suggests BREEAM improves its customer service and response times for its consumers.

Paul King, chief executive of the UKGBC, said: ‘Of course there will always be areas for improvement to ensure Breeam ratings genuinely represent good standards of sustainability performance in buildings, and are delivered in a way that is practical and responsive to the industry’s needs.’

Read the full list of UKGBC recommendations here.

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