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HOK Partners with BRE to Launch BREEAM New Construction Standard in USA

HOK and BRE today announced plans to Americanize the BREEAM New
Construction standard for the U.S. marketplace. BRE expects to release
BREEAM USA New Construction for public consultation in January 2019.

HOK is providing BRE with input and advice on the adaptation of the
BREEAM New Construction standard for the American market. HOK will begin
piloting the BREEAM New Construction standard for the U.S. with new and
existing clients starting summer of 2018.

BRE first introduced BREEAM In-Use for existing buildings to the U.S.
market in 2016 to provide a science-based sustainable certification and
improvement solution not covered by existing green building programs.
Market enthusiasm for the BREEAM standard encouraged BRE to expand the
program in America. BREEAM differs from other leading green building
rating systems as a true third party verification for certification. BRE
uses independent licensed BREEAM assessors to conduct an onsite visit to
verify the design and construction is up to BREEAM standards before
certification is awarded.

“We have established BREEAM In-Use for existing buildings in America and
with the support of HOK we are extending this into BREEAM New
Construction,” said Barry Giles, CEO of BRE America. “We’re
excited to be working with HOK in this expanded capacity as BRE is at
the forefront of advancing the built environment and always looking to
partner with forward thinking organizations to help build a better world
together.”

BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method)
was developed in 1990 by BRE, a leading multidisciplinary building
science organization. With more than two million registered projects and
over 560,000 certified buildings in 77 countries, it has more
certifications than any other green building rating system.

“As a firm, we’re really excited about the potential opportunities to
explore using BREEAM New Construction for complex projects such as
laboratories, sports projects and airports in the U.S.,” said Anica
Landreneau, Director of Sustainable Design at HOK. “We know
first-hand from our experience working with BREEAM in Europe that it
provides a new approach for greater sustainability and is backed by the
latest research in building science.”

BRE is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science center that
provides standards for the built environment. Unlike other providers of
building standards, BRE conducts research and develops science-backed
standards to advance the built environment. For more information, please
visit www.breamerica.com

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning
firm. Through a network of 23 offices worldwide, HOK provides design
excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives
and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks
HOK as a leader in sustainable, high-performance design and technology
innovation.

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