Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), administered by Britain’s Building Research Establishment (BRE), is the world's leading design and assessment method for sustainable buildings. BREEAM standards were utilized throughout the design and construction stages of the campus redevelopment project in order to ensure expert recognition of CEU’s commitment to sustainability.
From the onset of the Campus Redevelopment Project, creating building infrastructure that fulfills the expectations of the University community, and the standards set by the University Sustainable Development Policy has been one of the primary goals. Sustainability principles have been integrated within each preliminary phase by the project architects O’Donnell and Tuomey in conjunction with their environmental sub-consultant A_zero.
Background research and consultations with sustainability professionals have indicated that BREEAM International Bespoke green building certification was the most suitable environmental accreditation option for this project. The accreditation process following BREEAM guidelines has encouraged long term performance optimization of campus facilities while reinforcing CEU’s commitment to sustainability within the greater community.
By pursuing the environmental accreditation of a major campus building project, CEU has embarked on an ambitious quest to demonstrate that institutions of higher education in Central Europe and beyond can initiate capital projects which demonstrate commitments to sustainability and building communities which consist of environmentally conscious individuals.
Sentient Kft. has served as the local environmental accreditation consultant and provided structural support throughout the BREEAM International Bespoke accreditation process.
For more on BREEAM certification: http://www.breeam.org/