Prepared for informational purposes, it will be made available to the public in 2018, completely free of charge, in order to share their knowledge and experience in sustainable building with all audiences. In this way architects, engineers and other construction professionals who so wish can know and apply the BREEAM sustainability measures to any building and urban planning project.
Organized in work groups divided by categories, the professionals convened by BREEAM have collaborated in the review and update of each of the 52 requirements of the specific methodology in its 9 categories for residential buildings (water, energy, materials, health and well-being, transport, waste, land use and ecology, pollution and management).
With the ultimate goal of contributing to the improvement of the level of sustainability of the building in Spain, promoting best practices, the use of technologies available in the market and its adaptation to new forms and trends in construction, in these working groups all participate the parties involved in the construction process providing their vision: technicians of developers, builders, architecture studios, engineering, universities and technology centers, sector associations, materials manufacturers and public administrations.
In response to the growth that the sector is experiencing, it is worth noting that in 3 years it has gone from 40 BREEAM certified homes to 8,000 and important real estate developers such as Neinor Homes have assumed the commitment to certify all their constructions with the seal. They also rely on the BREEAM Acciona Real Estate, Quabit, Solvia, Aedas Homes, Kronos Homes, Metropolitan House, iKasa, Ambientia or Terravita methodology.
For Óscar Martínez, director of BREEAM, "this is due to the growing trust in the service we offer. Because a sustainable building is the one that works well today and will do so in the future. We reward buildings that go beyond regulations to be healthier, more economically efficient and more respectful of the environment. "
Improvements of the new edition
This new edition of the manual contemplates improvements with respect to the previous one both in the evaluation criteria of the surrounding elements of the buildings and of the interior. They emphasize the inclusion of a requirement of intelligent housing, the analysis of passive designs to increase comfort, the study of the reduction of materials used in a building, the increase in the level of demand in relation to the energy efficiency of household appliances or consumption of water from sanitary appliances, among others.
Félix Rodríguez, head of Institutional Relations of BREEAM, stresses the importance of "anyone can download our technical manuals free of charge on the web, register for free webinars or take introductory courses of reduced duration and cost".