The awards were presented at the Greener Homes and Building Exhibition by Jane Davidson AM, Minister for the Environment, Sustainability and Housing and Nick Tune of BRE Wales.
At the presentation, Jane Davidson commented “I am delighted to be able to present these awards to reward and recognise the commitment that they have shown in helping to deliver the Welsh Assembly Government’s commitments for building sustainably. These winning developments showcase this good work in practice. Projects like these will help us meet our One Wales commitments for reducing carbon emissions, and to improve our energy efficiency in the fight against climate change.”
Nick Tune of BRE Wales said “There are over 100 buildings in Wales now assessed and certified under BREEAM in just a few short years. We are delighted to showcase the best of these through our Awards and work with the Welsh Assembly and the Welsh construction industry to develop real exemplars of sustainable building.”
The BREEAM Awards for Wales have been created this year to recognise and reward those involved in the design and construction of the highest scoring buildings certified under BREEAM in Wales. A BREEAM ‘EXCELLENT’ rating is a pre-qualification, so the winners truly represent Wales’ top examples of sustainable design.
In order to win an award, each building must have excelled in every environmental category within BREEAM (e.g. from Energy to Ecology) and therefore winners represent a holistic approach to delivering environmental sustainability.
Unlike many construction awards, the BREEAM awards are not subjectively judged but reward the developments that have been independently assessed and certified as scoring the highest number of credits in the relevant year and location. The pre-requirements are that the development must score an EXCELLENT and have been certified to a recent BREEAM version (2005 onwards).