Real Estate Sustainability | EPD | GRESB

Certification

Building Certification

Real Estate Certification is an International proof of a sustainable property. Sustainable development means better performance and efficiency, long-term return, environmental responsibility, health care and well-being.

We help to evaluate and choose the best certification system of International green building standards and to carry out the certification process from registration to the completed application for new construction and existing buildings.

Our professional team provides:

  • BREEAM In-Use International
  • WELL
  • BREEAM New Construction International
  • FITWEL
  • BREEAM Refurbishment
  • EDGE
  • LEED new Construction
  • LEED O+M

Benefits:

  • Investors | Certification is reputable and gives green buildings transparency. Better, healthier buildings typically command higher rents and are worth more. Large RE and Institutional Investors have figured this out and many invest only in green building projects.
  • Tenants | A property with a green building certification can result in higher occupancy rates or increased tenant satisfaction, which translates into longer leases, higher demand or a rent premium.
  • Landlords | Making sustainable upgrades to existing properties can be beneficial in terms of cash flow. Efficiency improvements can reduce operational costs through lower utility bills and maintenance costs, lower exposure to energy price risk or lower insurance and debt cost.

BREEAM certificate | BREEAM standard ​​

BREEAM SERTIFIKATAS | BREEAM STANDARTAS

BREEAM is the world’s most widespread and leading method of environmental impact assessment and certification system for buildings. To date, more than 550’000 buildings are valued and about 2’250’000 are registered in 77 countries around the world.

The BREEAM standard is designed to help building managers, investors, owners and users reduce operating costs and improve the environmental performance of an existing building. This voluntary standard and certification system provides a clear and reliable methodology for improving the sustainability performance of an existing building.

The following categories are considered in the assessment of the building:

  • Management
  • Energy
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Transport
  • Water
  • Materials
  • Pollution
  • Waste
  • Land Use and Ecology

Each assessed category consists of a certain number of credits, and the implementation of the requirements for these credits results in a final grade. Available BREEAM rating levels for building certification: UNCLASIFIED, PASS, GOOD, VERY GOOD, EXCELLENT, and OUTSTANDING.

During the BREEAM assessment process, our team:

  • Prepares and presents BREEAM tasks to all stakeholders
  • Examine documents (BREEAM evidence) and provide comments
  • Collects all data required to prepare a BREEAM report and submit it to the BRE organization for certification
  • Communicates with BRE Global
  • Participates in design and construction work planning
  • Advises all parties involved in the BREEAM assessment in the implementation of the criteria and preparation of documents at all stages of the project
  • Evaluates the project according to different BREEAM schemes

LEED CERTIFICATE | LEED STANDARD

LEED CERTIFICATE | LEED STANDARD

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) is a US 1998 one of the top-class environmental assessment systems has been developed to assess the environmental performance of a building and to promote the sustainable development of the building’s life cycle. It is a point calculation system that evaluates environmentally friendly actions during the design, construction and operation of a building.

The LEED method aims to assess the sustainability of a building as a whole from the perspectives important for human health and the environment. LEED promotes a sustainable approach to building in the following key areas: sustainable plots, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, quality of the indoor environment, innovation design, regional priority. LEED can be implemented for various types of projects – new buildings, renovation projects, projects already built and in operation, interior and tenant projects, residential and apartment buildings, schools, health care and other public buildings, neighborhoods and communities, even cities, etc.

In principle, projects are assessed in the following sustainability categories:

  • Location & Transportation
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy (Energy & Atmosphere)
  • Materials & Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Innovation
  • Regional Priority

When all mandatory requirements are met, the scores from each category are summed and the result obtained determines the LEED assessment level, of which there are four: CERTIFIED, SILVER, GOLD, PLATINUM.

During the LEED evaluation process, our team:

  • Develops and presents LEED tasks to all stakeholders
  • Develops and coordinates the most favorable LEED certification strategy
  • Examine documents and make comments
  • Gather all the data needed to prepare LEED evidence and submit it to the GBCI organization for certification
  • Communicates with LEED organizations, i. USGBC and GBCI
  • Participates in design and construction work planning
  • Advises all parties involved in LEED evaluation in the implementation of criteria and preparation of documents at all stages of the project

GRESB consultation

GRESB consultation

GRESB is a globally recognized framework and benchmarking tool for Real Estate companies. It also provides investors with actionable information and tools to monitor and manage ESG (environmental, social, governance) risks and opportunities of their investments.

Key benefits of GRESB:

  • helps to attract investors and communicate the most relevant information;
  • compares participants’ ESG performance to their peer group;
  • provides a roadmap with the actions participants can take to improve their ESG performance;
  • provides a solid foundation for the development of the ESG strategy;
  • helps to prepare for increasingly rigorous ESG disclosure obligations;
  • provides a reliable benchmark and assists with PAI (principle adverse impacts) reporting under SFDR (Sustainable Finance Disclosures Regulation);
  • generates reports to disclose transition risks management and helps to develop TFCD (Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures) report;

helps to pursue competitive advantage.

  • conducting GRESB pre-assessment to evaluate current situation;
  • providing a roadmap to improve ESG performance;
  • developing and implementing relevant policies for ESG management;
  • consulting on GRESB-related questions.

Sustainability due diligence

Sustainability due diligence

Sustainability due diligence applies for business processes to ensure reasonable precautions of better performance in environmental, health and well-being care to present and future generations.

We provide commercial property owners with practical guidance on sustainability risks management and strategic steps for both existing building and new construction.

BENEFITS:

  • Energy efficiency | Process is performed together with detailed study of energy efficiency.
  • Better performance | Sustainability due diligence helps to observe better performance possibilities in: pollution management, water efficiency, waste management, transportation, resident health and comfort of the building, daylight, acoustics, cleaning etc.
  • Sustainability Certificates | Evaluated under internationally recognized best practice standards, such as LEED, WELL, BREEAM, FITWEL it gives extra credits to achieve higher score.

Environmental product declaration (EPD)

PRODUKTO POVEIKIO APLINKAI DEKLARACIJA - EPD

EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) – internationally recognized, third party verified declaration which shows environmental impact of a product. Declaring environmental impact gives a widespread acceptance for your products and shows your transparency and reliability as well as environmental sustainability and responsibility. The EPD declaration is formed by LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) calculations and provides a qualitative basis for product comparison. The environmental impact categories are separated into the following life cycle stages:

Our professional team provides:

  • Consulting on best EPD customization for you;
  • Acquainting with the procedures, collecting and processing data;
  • Calculating LCA of the product cycle from cradle to grave;
  • Arranging the third party for the revision;
  • Accomplishing EPD document;
  • Helping to publish your achievement worldwide.

Benefits:

  • Provides product credibility in foreign market;
  • Products with an EPD declaration more easily remain competitive in the market;
  • EPD products provide credits for BREEAM and LEED certifications;
  • The analysis of the production process allows identifying and predicting stages for improvement;
  • You increase the value of your product;
  • The possibility of reducing the negative impact on the environment in the long term;
  • Environmental impact declaration strengthens the image of your brand and company.
EUGENIJUS ŠAPEL

EUGENIJUS ŠAPEL

Head of Sustainable Buildings Division

+370 602 08024