Best performing buildings of 2013 recognised at the BREEAM awards at Ecobuild 2014

March 13, 2014
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BREEAM was the world’s first environmental assessment method, created in 1990 and now used in over 70 countries around the world, providing a range of social, environmental and economic benefits to clients. Over a million buildings have been registered for assessment since then. Ratings are calculated against a range of criteria by independent BREEAM assessors, with the results expressed as a percentage score.

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Wildlife presenter Michaela Strachan

This year saw a new format to select the award winners. Previously, awards were given to the building with the highest score in each category. This year, a panel of eminent industry judges selected the winners from a shortlist of the five highest scoring buildings in each section. Comprising Alan Yates, BRE Global (Chair); Cat Hirst, UK-GBC; Claudine Blamey, The Crown Estate; Phil Heenan, Cabinet Office; and Hywel Davies, CIBSE, their decision was based on the particular circumstances, challenges and achievements of each development as well as the very high BREEAM scores achieved.

Projects from across the UK and France have triumphed in for 2014. At the gala event at Ecobuild, compered by TV wildlife presenter Michaela Strachan, UK projects won six of the scheme categories. The BREEAM Retail and BREEAM In-Use categories were won by projects in France, with the latter an all-French shortlist, highlighting the country’s remarkable uptake of BREEAM In-Use.

The winners in the scheme categories were:

Another first for this year’s awards was the brand new ‘Your BREEAM Award’. Decided by over 5,000 public votes, selecting from a shortlist published by the online journal Building4Change, the award went to The Cooperative headquarters building, 1 Angel Square in Manchester.

“The outstanding quality of this year’s winning projects has set the sustainable development bar even higher,” said Gavin Dunn, director of BREEAM. “They are not only testament to incredible technological ingenuity but also to the resourcefulness and vision of the teams that brought them to life and their ability to put people at their heart.”

Companies, countries and individuals were also singled out for prestigious BREEAM awards. European company Grontmij was named ‘Assessor Company of the Year’, and Rob Baker of RSK Group, Oriane Dugrosprez of ALTO Ingénierie and Stefaan Martel of Bopro received individual ‘Assessors of the Year’ awards.

Three awards were also presented to pioneering assessors who were the first in a country to have conducted a BREEAM certified building assessment. The winners were:

Photos from the awards ceremony are posted to the BRE Flickr site.

More detail of each of the winning developments can be seen at here.