How BREEAM In-Use is different than LEED EB: O&M

Why is now the right time to introduce BREEAM In-Use to the American marketplace? After all, LEED EB has been the primary tool used in the green building industry in the USA for over 10 years. Although LEED EB is a highly regarded and well-deserved award, 85 percent of the existing building stock does not meet the criteria to create a LEED rating. Consequently, these buildings may not have a formal framework or consistent motivation to improve building operations. BREEAM In-Use is able to reach every existing building so that they can understand how their building operates, how they can make improvements, and then provides the opportunity to get a certification to promote their successes.

BREEAM In-Use is applicable to any existing commercial building – regardless of its size or condition. There are no prerequisites or other barriers to using the BREEAM In-Use standard. It’s a scientifically–based yet simple rating system. BREEAM In-Use is an online environmental assessment methodology of a building’s operational performance. A property owner or manager starts out by completing an online assessment to benchmark the asset.

BuildingWise has been the champion leader in LEED for Existing Buildings – having helped write the original program and subsequent versions. Over the years, BuildingWise has worked with the USGBC to stretch the boundaries of LEED EB so difficult and diverse buildings can qualify. If you are interested in a LEED EB program, click here for more information.

Key differences between BREEAM In-Use and LEED EB:O&M

BREEAM In-Use LEED for Existing Buildings
No Prerequisites Prerequisites
Science driven Consensus driven
Third party on-site verified for certification Third party off-site verified for certification
Available to all existing commercial assets Buildings must meet minimum requirements
Fast results Minimum 6-9 month process
Framework offers benchmarking and certification Framework offers only certification