Czechs are first with BREEAM standard

BRE has launched its new standard certification for residential buildings outside the UK.

BREEAM International New Construction 2013 combines two previous international standards and has been developed in response to increased market demand.

The new standard enables clients to deliver best environmental practice in an efficient and cost effective way, BREEAM is becoming widely adopted in Europe and around the world as a way of demonstrating to investors, developers and the market that a building has been well designed and commissioned.

The new certification comes as the Czech Republic’s The Tower at Spielberk in Brno is the first commercial building outside the UK to achieve a BREEAM outstanding rating.

BREEAM Director Gavin Dunn said: “In the last 4 years BREEAM has become very international and few countries remain in the world where there is not a BREEAM assessment. The new standard allows for better local adaption and recognises the need for the scheme to work alongside local standards.”

He added: “We expect it to make a significant impact in countries like China where we are active on a number of important projects in Beijing and Shanghai with large state and private developers Franshion and Vanke.”

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