Some organizations have designed standards by which to measure a building’s health and efficiency ratings. These ratings focus on the health of the building itself as well as the building’s local and global impacts.
Britain’s BREEAM program — “BREEAM” stands for Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method”–was established to assess indoor environmental quality and covers a wide range of buildings, from superstores and supermarkets to new and existing offices.
BREEAM is a voluntary program that allows building owners and occupants to find out about their impacts on a variety of environmental factors, including ozone depletion, global warming, and the destruction of rainforests and other resources. It also illuminates a number of other building issues, from noise and air pollution to lighting and hazardous materials. For more information on BREEAM, click here.
Adapted from The Smart Office, by A.K.Townsend.Copyright (c) 1997 by A.K.Townsend .Reprinted by permission of Chelsea Green Publishing Company.
Adapted from The Smart Office, by A.K.Townsend.