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How much carbon does a BREEAM building save?

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As the climate change summit begins in Paris, the AJ takes a look at how BREEAM is tackling CO2 emissions

At this week’s COP21 summit in Paris, the BRE is pledging to work with the construction industry to deliver more than 9,000 BREEAM certified buildings – a move which it says will save more than 9,000 tonnes of CO2 over the next five years.

According to BRE data, buildings assessed by the scheme achieve an average 22 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions. Projects which achieve BREEAM Outstanding will halve their CO2 emissions compared with buildings built to 2010 building regulations, the data said.  

The figures also revealed the building types which had made the biggest improvement through the green certification scheme. Prisons make the greatest CO2 saving – 28 per cent compared with 2010 building regulations, while offices improve their emissions by 24 per cent and education buildings by 19 per cent.



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