by Brianna Crandall — March 15, 2017 — U.K.-based building science authority BRE announced last week the winners of its BREEAM Awards 2017, which recognize the “best of the best” among buildings certified to the BREEAM sustainability program in 2016.
The winners include many of the most innovatively sustainable buildings in the U.K. and in countries across the world, including the Netherlands and Sweden. The awards also recognize high achievement by BREEAM assessors, and this year BREEAM partnered with GRESB to recognize socially responsible investment.
The awards cover a variety of sectors including residential, retail, industrial, education and healthcare as well as project types such as new build, refurbishment and in-use.
The winning buildings are:
- Education and Healthcare: Atlas Building, Eindhoven, Netherlands
- Industrial: bol.com Fulfillment Center, Waalwijk, Netherlands
- Mixed Use and Other Buildings Award joint winners: Energy Academy Europe, Groningen, Netherlands; and Royal Agio Cigars, Duizel, Netherlands
- Office In-Use Award: Kings Place, London, U.K.
- Office New Construction Award: Geelen Counterflow, Haelen, Netherlands
- Office Refurbishment and Fit-Out Award: 80-100 Victoria Street, London, U.K.
- Residential Award: Tribe Apartments, Manchester, U.K.
- Retail In-Use Award: Heuvel, Eindhoven, Netherlands
- Retail New Construction: Lidl Supermarket, Växjö, Sweden
The coveted and highly competitive people’s prize — the Your BREEAM Award — which gives members of the public the chance to vote for a BREEAM building they love, was given to the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in Alicante, Spain.
The BREEAM/GRESB Awards for responsible investment were given to organizations that are demonstrating the strongest commitment to the use of building certifications in managing their portfolio. These are Altarea Cogedim, Bouwinvest REIM, CeGeREAL, Neinver SA, Société Foncière Lyonnaise, Steen & Ström, Unibail-Rodamco and Cromwell Property Group.
A personal achievement award was given to Christophe Garot of Unibail-Rodamco, for his valuable contribution to driving more sustainable real estate investment.
Also receiving awards on the night were energy consultant Sweco U.K., which was announced as BREEAM Assessor Company of the Year with individual Assessor of the Year awards given to: Dan McLellan, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Herve Moal, ARP-Astrance and James Warne, Boom Collective.
Ross Brudenell of Southampton Solent University and Matthew Theloke of Waterford Institute of Technology were the recipients of the new BREEAM New Talent Award, which recognizes the most successful students in the BREEAM Accredited Graduate (AG) course.
Country First Awards, recognizing the assessor who undertakes the first BREEAM assessment in a particular country, were also given to Ilya Ulyanov for Belarus, Heloise Couvert for Morocco, Ksenia Agapova for New Zealand, Zsombor Barta for Serbia, and Gail Williams for United Arab Emirates.
The BREEAM sustainability assessment method for buildings and communities has issued more than 530,000 certificates and has a global reach of more than 70 countries.
For more information on the awards and the winners, visit the BREEAM Awards 2017 page on the BRE Web site.