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BREEAM

Goodman’s journey of excellence with the world’s leading sustainability certification, BREEAM.

BREEAM is recognised as the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for planning, infrastructure and buildings. When Goodman began applying for certification to development projects a couple of years ago, BREEAM’s framework valued the fundamentals of what Goodman was already doing. 

Approach

The two organisations’ approach overlaps in several ways. BREEAM’s framework of ‘concept to construction’ recognises Goodman’s ability to engage in planning and consultation processes that are not always swift, working with municipalities and specialist contractors on the rejuvenation of challenging brownfield sites.

The holistic nature of BREEAM’s certification approach, meanwhile, aligns with the value Goodman places not only on the wellbeing of humans using a building but also on the property’s surroundings, whether it be landscaped green spaces, biodiverse natural areas or habitats for birds, animals, insects or rich and healthy soil. 

Continuous improvement

BREEAM recognises how Goodman strives for continuous improvement. Now that solar-ready buildings and LED lighting are staples in all new properties that Goodman builds in Europe, Goodman is looking for new ways to have a greater impact.

Working with biodiversity consultants, Goodman considers how its new buildings will interact with nature and works with NGOs and governments across Europe on a multitude of projects extending well past the build phase. 

Avion Logistics Centre

At Avion Logistics Centre in France, birdhouses, insect shelters and beehives are present on site.

The greenery ratio at Avion is nearing 40% - 20% of which is virgin land which supports natural water infiltration purposes. Its landscaped areas favour local flora to maintain or improve local biodiversity. And, when Goodman was advised the building was in a bird migration corridor, it installed glazing with a maximum reflection of 15%, and eschewed glass balustrades, to reduce collision risks for birds.