BREEAMBuilding Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method
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BREEAM is an international scheme that provides independent third-party certification of the assessment of the sustainability performance of individual buildings, communities and infrastructure projects.
Despite its recent arrival on this side of the pond, BREEAM has a large, worldwide base of users.
Commenting on the achievement, Hawazen Esber, CEO of communities at Majid Al Futtaim Properties, said: "At Majid Al Futtaim, sustainability is at the core of our DNA in everything we do and we are proud to be the first in the Middle East to have achieved BREEAM Communities certification for Al Zahia.
The BREEAM assessment scores projects on areas such as how construction will be managed, energy, transport, water, waste, land use and ecology.
BREEAM, which stands for Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method, has certified 425,000 buildings around the world since its launch in 1990.
The South Park Road building is one of Wales' most energy-efficient health premises with a BREEAM "excellent" rating and features stack ventilation, natural cooling and rooftop solar panels which provide up to half its electricity.
It concluded that lower BREEAM ratings can be achieved with little or no extra cost.
With ground breaking on December 12, 2012, production facilities completed in October 2013 and office space completed in June 2014, the Zele manufacturing complex is one of the first industrial buildings in Belgium with BREEAM certification.
BREEAM director, BRE Global, Gavin Dunn, said: "This achievement of the highest score ever under BREEAM reflects an ambitious vision and commitment from The Co-operative Group and their project team.
The fact that Johnsons achieved a "very good" rating in the BES 6001 in combination with BS EN ISO 14001 means that all natural stone products produced by the firm offer the maximum points or credits available in the Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM documents.