Blue Planet building, Chatterley Valley, North Staffordshire, U.K.

The Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method, or BREEAM, is one of the most fully developed and widely used environmental assessment tools for buildings in the world. It takes building design and construction performance above and beyond the regulatory requirements to provide a widely recognised benchmark of sustainable best practice.

The aims behind BREEAM are to provide recognition of that best practice, to encourage design that reduces the impact of buildings on the environment, and to raise awareness of and facilitate more sustainable lifestyles. BREEAM ratings therefore represent highly regarded third party accreditation of construction standards.

Insulated panel systems on the roof and walls helped the Blue Planet project in Chatterley Valley to become the first building to achieve a BREEAM Outstanding rating.

Blue Planet

Blue Planet (Photo credit: Gazeley and Central Photography)