Designing and Operating Sustainable Laboratories With BREEAM

April 19, 2018
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time


BREEAM—established by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) in 1990 after drawing from research into all aspects of the built environment—is a sustainability assessment method that ensures laboratories are sustainable and beneficial to the health and well-being of their occupants. This presentation will provide a basic introduction to BREEAM by highlighting its history of global applicability and then cover some general BREEAM requirements (i.e., energy and water efficiency) and then focus on sustainable laboratory criteria. Finally, the presentation will examine how GlaxoSmithKline used BREEAM to design their carbon neutral laboratory for sustainable chemistry in the United Kingdom.

After viewing this presentation, attendees will:

  • Understand how BREEAM helps to design and operate a sustainable laboratory.
  • Know the basics of BREEAM, including different life cycle stages such as new construction, refurbishment, and in-use.
  • Understand how BREEAM's balanced scorecard approach ensures both sustainability and the health and well-being of occupants.
  • Gain an awareness of BREEAM in laboratory case studies.


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Professional Development Hours and Continuing Education Credits

Webinar attendees and those who view the recording can earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for professional engineers or one Learning Unit (LU) from the American Institute of Architects for registered architects.

Contact I2SL after the webinar if you would like to receive a credit for your participation.

Instructor Biography

Barry Giles is CEO of BRE America. He developed a partnership between BuildingWise and BRE Group to create the BREEAM USA standard. He helped tailor the methodology for the unique BREEAM conditions in the United States and as a BREEAM Follow, he advocates for the application of sustainability benchmarks for all existing buildings. Barry is also a LEED Fellow, a LEED Existing Buildings pioneer, and a founding member of the USGBC LEED EB core committee. Barry currently sits on the ASHRAE 189.1 committee on working groups 7, 7.5, and 8.


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