Property developers and consultants join forces to introduce BREEAM for Central and Eastern Europe

A group of European property developers have backed the introduction of BREEAM at a recent meeting of the Central & Eastern European (CEE) Developers' Sustainability Forum.

Developers and consultants AIG/Lincoln, Buro Happold, ING Real Estate, Orco Property Group, ProLogis and Waterman International were amongst the group.

They met in Warsaw this month to discuss potential pilot projects.

David Lawrence, European director of construction & development for AIG/Lincoln, said: “We are delighted to have initiated this first meeting in Central & Eastern Europe and see the enthusiastic response from developers, consultants and environmental experts.”

He said that the new BREEAM Europe certification “is very much needed in the region for developers to benchmark and improve their environmental standards”.

BRE Global is currently seeking developers who wish to assess their projects across Europe under the scheme during its first pilot year of operation.

It will also be running scheduled training courses in various locations for consultants wishing to train to become BREEAM assessors internationally.

BREEAM is also being used by the International Council of Shopping Centres for retail pilot developments in Europe and adapted by Toyota for its European retail operations.