BREEAM is a point system with an associated rating, which takes sustainability in a building into account.
BREEAM has made certifications that are adjusted to different types of building and their location, and gives points to the building in the following categories:
Pollution, management, water, energy, materials, health and well-being, transport, waste, use of area and ecology. The diagram below shows how the various categories are weighted.
BREEAM is adjusted to European conditions and is based on country and/or European standards.
Danish standards are used for certification of a building in Denmark, which makes the process easier, but makes it more difficult to compare certified buildings internationally.
BREEAM certification can be used for both new and existing buildings.