Guides|04 May 2023

What does BREEAM mean? And what are the alternatives?


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BREEAM stands for Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method. It is a widely used and recognized environmental assessment method for rating and certifying the sustainability performance of buildings. BREEAM assesses various aspects of a building, including energy efficiency, water usage, waste management, materials used, and the building’s impact on the surrounding environment.


BREEAM provides a comprehensive framework for evaluating and improving the sustainability of buildings. It assigns ratings based on the performance of the building in different categories, such as “Pass,” “Good,” “Very Good,” “Excellent,” and “Outstanding.” BREEAM certification is voluntary and aims to encourage sustainable design, construction, and operation of buildings.

As for alternatives to BREEAM, there are several other building sustainability assessment methods available globally. Some of the notable alternatives include:

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED is a widely recognized certification system that assesses the environmental performance of buildings. It focuses on sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

Green Star

This is an Australian sustainability rating system developed by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). Green Star evaluates the environmental attributes of buildings and covers areas such as energy and emissions, water usage, materials, indoor environment quality, and innovation.

Living Building Challenge

It is a rigorous performance-based certification program developed by the International Living Future Institute. The Living Building Challenge aims for buildings to be regenerative and have a net-positive impact on the environment, requiring a high level of sustainability in terms of energy, water, materials, equity, and beauty.

WELL Building Standard

Focusing on human health and well-being, the WELL Building Standard assesses factors such as air quality, water quality, nourishment, light, fitness, and comfort in buildings. It is administered by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI).

These are just a few examples of sustainability assessment methods available worldwide. The choice of which method to use depends on factors such as geographic location, project goals, and industry preferences.

At Trimline, we are dedicated to supporting sustainable building practices. We believe in the responsible use of resources and minimizing our environmental impact. Through careful selection of materials, efficient processes, and eco-friendly solutions, we strive to create tiling solutions that contribute to a greener future. By partnering with Trimline, our clients can confidently embrace sustainable building practices, knowing that they have a trusted ally in their pursuit of environmentally-conscious construction.



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