breeam and datacenters

BREEAM (Building Research Establishment – Environmental Assessment Method) is the world’s leading environmental assessment method for the built environment covering masterplanning projects, infrastructure and buildings (including data centers).

The 2019 data center annex to the BREEAM International New Construction scheme 2016 covers 60 assessment issues over 9 different categories. These 9 categories are:

  1. Management
  2. Health and wellbeing
  3. Energy
  4. Transport
  5. Water
  6. Materials
  7. Waste
  8. Land use and ecology
  9. Pollution



Some issues have either been added or modified specifically for the data center context. For example, the relative weight of the energy category has been significantly increased to reflect the energy intensive nature of the data center business. Also the importance of water consumption is reflected in a number of new assessment issues. The “Reporting & Disclosure” assessment issue is also new and clearly reflects the EU Commission Green Deal 2030 objectives with regards to environmental reporting & transparency.


breeam background and aims

BREEAM was first published by Building Research Establishment (BRE) in 1990 and there are now nearly 600,000 buildings BREEAM-certified and over 2,3 million registered for certification in more than 86 countries worldwide.

BREEAM sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de-facto measure of a building’s environmental performance. BREEAM does this through third party certification of an asset’s environmental, social and economic sustainability performance.

The aims of BREEAM are:

  • To mitigate the life cycle impacts of buildings on the environment
  • To enable buildings to be recognized according to their environmental benefits
  • To provide a credible, environmental label for buildings
  • To stimulate demand and create value for sustainable buildings, building products and supply chains

Do you want your data center project to be BREEAM certified?

Are you planning a data center project and you want to introduce BREEAM in your design & build process?

Let’s get together for a coffee and discuss how to create a sustainable built environment.

We work with data centers, architects, engineering offices, construction companies and such. In fact, we work with anybody who is concerned about the environment.

Bringing balance to your data center project

A sustainable data center project is thinking about the future and a sustainable cost of ownership.

Bringing balance by moving away from a classical, economic-only TCO model to also include the bigger environmental & social picture.