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 by by Chris Amos
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As BREEAM Assessors, we’re obviously biased when it comes to measuring the value of what a BREEAM assessment can bring to a project.

Having attained ratings of “Outstanding” on Ysgol Ffwrnes and “Excellent” on Hirwaun Fire Station, we know first-hand how it can impact on the sustainable status of a building.

BREEAM recently published a new report that specifically highlights the benefits that BREEAM can bring to the retail industry.

Retail Requirements

Employing 2.8 million people in the UK, retail is a core component of the economy. In 2013, energy use and associated carbon cost the sector £3.3 billion, so sustainability is a key focus for many retail businesses.

BREEAM and Currie & Brown, international asset management and cost consultants, presented “Delivering Sustainable Buildings: Value of BREEAM to Retail in the UK” at MIPIM in March 2017.

BREEAM Value Retail Report

It shows how retailers and developers can use BREEAM’s consistent industry-standard method to help attract customers, increase operational effectiveness and manage costs and income.

With examples from some of the UK’s largest and most experienced developers and retailers, it includes guidance for businesses that want to get the most out of their investment in sustainable retail buildings.

Having worked on the BREEAM assessment for the Motel One project in Manchester, we recognise that the leisure and hospitality industry shares many of the same requirements as the retail sector.

Best use of BREEAM

Examples in the report include how The Crown Estate aspired to achieve BREEAM Excellent for major new retail developments.

It also looked at how Marks and Spencer invested in two BREEAM Excellent ‘Sustainable Learning Stores’. Including an assessment of customer and staff perceptions.

You can download the full report from the resources page of the BREEAM website.

If you’re a retailer or developer who’d like to find out more about how a sustainable approach to your next project can add value, or you’d like to know more about BREEAM, get in touch with the Melin team today.

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