BREEAM Certification – Sustainability assessment method. A case study

A breakthrough in sharing best practice with the BREEAM certification scheme for a sustainable residential redevelopment in the heart of London.

25/26 James Street & 7 Floral Street is a conversion and change of use from the existing office premises on the upper floors to wholly residential. The property is visible from Covent Garden Underground Station occupying one of the most prominent positions in Covent Garden. The development was refurbished to provide 7 luxury apartments. The client has seen this development as an opportunity to undertake works in a highly sustainable way using responsibly sourced materials and providing energy-efficient properties. BREEAM provided a suitable and recognised scheme to the client to meet specific green targets and objectives. The development achieved a high ‘Very Good’ rating by contributing to the conservation and enhancement of the natural environment and supporting the move to a low carbon future. The benefits of achieving BREEAM are that the building will produce lower carbon emissions and create significant benefits in terms of reduced electrical use for lighting. Passive and active design measures such as fabric performance, air tightness and installation of air source heat pumps have been utilised. The design maximises the use of natural systems by allowing passive solar gain and maximizing the use of natural ventilation, to minimize the resource use and maximize the comfort of the users over the lifetime of the development. Providing BREEAM certification allows comfort to home owners that their energy costs will be lower and provides security for clients.