Benefits of BREEAM Accreditation; Bella Rice of DTZ's Corporate Real Estate Management Team in Birmingham Answers a Commercial Property Question
Byline: Bella Rice
QI am a commercial occupier looking for office space. What exactly is BREEAM accreditation and what benefits does it offer? ABREEAM is the Building Research Establishment's (BRE) Environmental Assessment Method. Essentially, BREEAM provides a method of measuring the level of sustainability a building harbours; the higher the rating, the more efficient and sustainable the building is.
A building with a high BREEAM rating provides numerous obvious benefits for the commercial occupier. These can include reduced operational and utility costs and an enhanced corporate image as the occupier's commitment to the environment and Corporate Social Responsibility is made evident.
Furthermore, BREEAM occupation offers other, less obvious or quantifiable, benefits including an improved internal working environment, which in turns leads, to increased productivity, profitability and staff retention.
BREEAM's ability to significantly reduce operating costs is particularly relevant in the current economic climate where utility costs already represent a major outlay for commercial occupiers and energy prices are expected to rise significantly.
BREEAM occupation can provide monetary reassurance to the occupier as utility costs remain low thereby making forecasting more straightforward.
The key disadvantage of BREEAM occupancy is that, at present, accredited buildings can be expected to be charged at a premium rent.
It is, however, important to note that in a tenants' market such as this one, there is room for negotiation as occupiers are often able to lead lease negotiations and achieve lower net rental values. …