Despite boasting extensive experience with other major building certifications, Ms. Zeto sees the benefit of having another tool become available to our marketplace. “With nearly 6 million existing commercial buildings in the United States, the potential for making a positive impact on our environment by reducing the energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions of these buildings is immense. BREEAM provides the market with greater choice and quite frankly, opens up an avenue for buildings to obtain benchmarking and certification that may not have been present with other existing certification options.”
The specific version of BREEAM that has been brought to the United States via BREEAM USA, is the In-Use Technical Standard, which was launched by BRE back in 2009. This standard examines existing commercial buildings and assesses their performance in terms of energy and water usage, as well as sustainable policies and implementation. The BREEAM In-Use standard is not country specific, meaning a building owner can compare assets relative to another regardless of geographic location. Platinum Earth, as an In-Use Licensed Assessor can not only walk the client through the bench marking process, but also facilitate certification if the client wishes to pursue it.
About Platinum Earth: Platinum Earth, LLC is a sustainability consulting firm dedicated to helping commercial buildings lessen their impact on the environment and improve their overall operating efficiencies. Founded in 2010 by Heather Ane Zeto, Platinum Earth is a WBE certified business with the City of Indianapolis. You can learn more about Platinum Earth at www.platinumearth.com.
About BREEAM USA: BREEAM USA is a partnership between BRE Group, the world’s leading authority on all aspects of the built environment, and BuildingWise, the award-winning U.S.-based LEED certification consultancy, established to provide a sustainability certification and improvement solution to the 5.6 million existing buildings in the United States not covered by existing green building programs. For more information, please visit www.breeamusa.com.