What are BREEAM and LEED ratings?

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    BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology), first published by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) in 1990, is the world’s longest established method of assessing, rating, and certifying the sustainability of buildings.


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     Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a green building certification originated from the US identical to the BREAM system in the UK. It grew from one standard for new construction to a comprehensive system of interrelated standards covering aspects from the design and construction to the maintenance and operation of buildings since its start in the year 1994. By now LEED is one of the most popular green building certification programs used worldwide. The Architects’ Journal states in one of their articles (28/02/2013) that “New research by the Architects Journal shows the LEED sustainable building certification system dominates everywhere except in the UK”.

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    Both systems aim to ensure an environmentally friendly and sustainable approach for new builds and refurbishment.

    According to the BRE, Stair Nosings and Flooring Accessories do not gain credits under the Green Guide Specification, since they do not enhance any of the categories within the BREEAM Scheme. However, in the context of sustainable construction in the wider sense, specifiers are becoming increasingly more ‘green’ conscious and do refer to measures such as global warming potential, water extraction, waste and ozone depletion when making product selection. Consequently, leading manufacturers such as Quantum Flooring are taking steps to profile their products against these measures, whether or not they have an impact on BREEAM ratings, and are working to ensure LEAN and environmentally sustainable processes are applicable to their products. For more information about BREEAM and LEED get in contact by clicking here or call us on +44 161 627 4222




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