The IOK Logistics Innovation & Training Center (LITC) in Laakdal received the BREEAM Outstanding Certificate for the Design Stage, achieving a score of 89.6% (‘Outstanding’ requires a score of at least 85%). The LITC was assessed to a ‘fully fitted’ assessment system: ‘BREEAM 2010 International: Bespoke (Fully Fitted)’ drawn up by Technum.
BREEAM is an assessment method designed to determine the sustainability performance of buildings. The method comprises different schemes. These schemes are usually country-specific, but sometimes also international, and are classified according to the type of building (swimming pools, schools, public buildings …). When a standard assessment scheme is not yet available for a particular type of building, a fitted procedure, which is called ‘bespoke’, is drawn up.
BREEAM stands for Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method and was originally developed and introduced by the Building Research Establishment (BRE), an English research organisation, more or less comparable with the Belgian WTCB.
BREEAM draws up a standard for a sustainable building and subsequently determines the performance level of the examined building. The aim is to analyse and to improve buildings. The system uses qualitative assessment: the total score of a building or area ranges from 1 to 5 stars (Pass, Good, Very Good, Excellent or Outstanding).