BREEAM leads Europe's sustainability ratings
Benefits of green certification evident in RICS survey
Great Britain and BREEAM lead the way in green certification for new and retrofitted buildings across Europe. Data collated by RICS shows that more than 4000 new and retrofitted buildings in Great Britain have BREEAM certificates, with 17 having LEED certification.
Looking at Europe as a whole, certification of commercial and apartment buildings has reached significant levels in Britain, France and Germany. France has 988 buildings with HQE certificates, 39 with BREEAM and 3 with LEED. Germany has 258 buildings with DGNB certificates, 27 with LEED and 6 with BREEAM.
RICS’ report Going for green: sustainable building certification statistics Europe points out that most certificates are sought for new buildings rather than retrofitted ones. But the report adds that in the US the successful certification of new build has delivered benefits in higher rents and fewer void periods, exerting market pressure to retrofit existing buildings. It concludes: “It is not unlikely that there will be a similar trend in Europe in future years.”
This is the second year that the sustainability working group of RICS in Germany has collected and commented on the data of the four leading international certification systems - BREEAM, LEED, HQE and DGNB - to give a pan-European overview of the green certification of buildings.