Case Studies: BREEAM-Certified Buildings

April 10, 2024

Explore a selection of projects that boast high scores from the oldest, and one of the most prolific, green building certifications in use today.

BREEAM-certified building

The Jakoba Mulderhuis building in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, which is certified BREEAM "Excellent".

One of the leading green building certifications, BREEAM can be granted to buildings in use, renovated buildings, and new constructions alike. Projects with scores above 70 percent are scored as "Excellent", whereas those above 85 percent receive "Outstanding" – the highest score.

BREEAM-Certified Buildings: Case Studies

Discover BREEAM-certified buildings from around the world, including workplaces, civic buildings, and more. Most of the BREEAM buildings featured in this list have received an "Excellent" score.

Lysgården Office Building in Trondheim, Norway

Part of the Sluppen district, or the "New Trondheim", the Lysgården BREEAM "Excellent" office building has an energy consumption of around 40 kWh per square metre per year. Its large, open atrium allows for abundant daylight, and 6 000 acoustic baffles help control the light diffusion. Employees and staff rely on a state-of-the-art Siemens app for all building functions, making it one of the world's smartest buildings.

Open Plan Office in Jakoba Mulderhuis Amsterdam  in Amsterdam Netherlands with Rockfon Mono Acoustic TE-Edge

Edward Street Quarter in Brighton, England

The 30 000m2 Edward Street Quarter is the biggest office development to open in Brighton in decades. According to the engineering consultancy Buro Happold – who conducted a range of energy modelling and analyses – the BREEAM building achieves a 20 percent carbon emissions reduction that is in line with Brighton and Hove City council planning standards. The BREEAM "Excellent" office building also has an Energy Performance Certificate A rating and is WELL Building Standard-enable.

Open Plan Office in Edward Street Quarter offices in Brighton United Kingdom with Rockfon Eclipse.

La Samaritaine Department Store in Paris, France

27 percent of the LVMH-owned department store's energy needs are covered by renewable energy, mainly through heating solutions that range from geothermal energy to solar thermal hot water in combination with natural ventilation in a approach. Besides BREEAM "Excellent" certification, La Samaritaine was additionally awarded LEED "Gold" and HQE green building certification.


Shopping Centre in La Samaritaine in Paris France with Rockfon Mono Acoustic.

Jakoba Mulderhuis in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Designed in collaboration between Powerhouse Company, Marc Koehler Architects, and de Architekten Cie, the BREEAM "Excellent" building at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences comprises a 13-storey tower and a low-rise 6-storey section across 25 000m2. The project achieved a 77 percent BREEAM score – with a whopping 100 percent across both the Waste and Transport categories. The BREEAM-certified building also uses 40 percent less energy than legally required in the Netherlands.

Reception in Jakoba Mulderhuis Amsterdam  in Amsterdam Netherlands with Rockfon Mono Acoustic TE-Edge

LOOM Glòries Coworking in Barcelona, Spain

The three-floor coworking office space, managed by Merlin Properties, is located inside the landmark that is Torre Glòries, a cylindrical skyscraper designed by the renowned French architect Jean Nouvel. Besides BREEAM "Excellent" certification, the building also received LEED Gold.

Meeting Room in COWORKING LOOM GLÒRIES in Barcelona Spain with Rockfon Mono Acoustic TE-Edge

Samsung KX in London, England

With a 'London loft' design aesthetic, Samsung's experiential showroom in King's Cross, London – Samsung KX – received a 72 percent "Excellent" score from BREEAM. This achievement is attributed to efforts such as the prefabrication of certain elements to reduce project waste and the standardisation of materials. The BREEAM building has also been awarded Planet Mark Certification for reporting a reduction in its carbon footprint and actively engaging its stakeholders.

UK, SamsungKX, London, KSS, Retail, Rockfon Mono Acoustic, 1800x1200, White, Showrooms

Lincoln University Medical School in Lincoln, England

This 5 500m2, five storey medical school encompasses lecture theatre, laboratories, pro-section anatomy suites, and is equipped with cutting-edge diagnostic tools. "The scheme has been modelled to create the optimal sustainable environment through informed decisions on site layout, massing, orientation, building fabric, elevational treatment, and integrated renewable energy systems. To further enhance student mental health and well-being, it uses biophilic design principles, including natural lighting and ventilation, visual links to natural landscape features, and natural materials", said HLM Architects, who are behind the design of the BREEAM "Excellent" building.

Auditorium in Lincoln University Medical School in Lincoln United Kingdom with Rockfon Eclipse

Caldicot School in Monmouthshire, England

Delivered under the 21st Century Schools Programme, the 13 000m2 Caldicot School in Monmouthshire, South Wales, was designed to optimise both cost efficiency and future adaptability. According to the architecture firm BDP, the BREEAM-certified building has a simple and compact footprint, reducing wasted circulation and minimising heat loss. The central atrium library and the courtyard are utilised for natural ventilation and daylighting, and serve as a framework for cooling.

UK, Caldicot School, Building Design Partnership, School, Rockfon Contour Baffles, 1200x300, white

Southmead Hospital in Bristol, England

The 430 MGBP Southmead Hospital stands out as one of the most environmentally-friendly buildings of its size in the United Kingdom, earning BREEAM 'Excellent' certification upon completion. Other awards the architects received for the BREEAM-certified building include the European Healthcare Design Award 2017, the RIBA South West Award 2018, and the RIBA South West Client of the Year for North Bristol NHS Trust 2018.

Southmead Hospital,UK,Bristol, 110,000m2 installed in total by CCP (not all ROCKFON), Main Contractor - Carillion, North Bristol NHS Trust, Carlton Ceilings & Partitions, Slough, Julian James, MediCare Standard, E-edge, 600 x 600, 1200 x 600, White, Rocklink 24

Landmark Arnhem Office Building in Arnhem, the Netherlands

Originally built in 1996, the Landmark Arnhem office building in the Netherlands was completely revolutionised into a modern, sustainable workplace by Fokkema & Partners to include all sorts of facilities, including meeting rooms, a bar, and a restaurant. The building has received BREEAM In-Use certification and an A++ label and is also WELL-ready.

Corridor in Landmark in Arnhem Netherlands with Rockfon Color-all D-Edge

Trondheim Office Building in Trondheim, Norway

At the 9 500 m2 BREEAM-certified office building in the Tyholt neighbourhood of Trondheim, all heating and cooling energy is sourced from a heat pump system utilising 28 wells drilled into the rock.

NO, Otto Nielsens vei 12, Arcasa arkitekter, Office, Meeting Room, Open plan office, Rockfon Blanka dB42, A edge, 600x600, white, Chicago Metallic T24 Click 2890

Moray Council HQ in Elgin, Scotland

In Scotland, the Moray Council relocated to modern new headquarters after converting a former supermarket on Elgin's high street. The BREEAM "Excellent" building features skylights that provide natural lighting to all working areas, and directional air vents from the roof offer natural ventilation. The Energy Performance Certificate was also improved from G to B.

UK Moray Council HQ, Rockfon Eclipse, Sonar Activity B_edge, Koral A_edge, Alaska dB 40 A_edge, 2012