Certification & Ranking
What is BREEAM®?
Why WEKLEEN™ for BREEAM®?
supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
On 1 January 2016, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were adopted by world leaders in 2015, came into force.
The 17 SDGs apply to all countries with the aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all by 2030 as part of a new sustainable development agenda. To achieve the SDGs, all aspects of society, from government to the private sector to the general public, will need to play their part. The construction and property sector have an essential role in delivering the SDGs and their associated targets, given the significant economic, environmental and social impacts and benefits associated with construction products, buildings and infrastructure throughout their lifecycles.
The ECO Value of BREEAM®
A significant majority (71%) of those surveyed said that the use of BREEAM® was beneficial to their projects. Of the three elements of sustainability – environmental, economic and social – it was found that the most commonly stated benefits fell in the social category. Social benefits included the improved image provided by BREEAM® certification to the building and organisation involved.
Environmental benefits included reduced construction waste, and reduced embodied and operational carbon – which, of course, also has economic benefits. Supply chain respondents took the view that clients and professional teams gained more commercial benefits from BREEAM®, with smaller number identifying commercial benefits for contractors.