Sustainability & Certifications

More and more clients not only want to realise their sustainable construction project, but also have it certified. Ingenium has various experts in house for the sustainability meter BREEAM. Within Ingenium we mainly focus on guiding the client and the design team in their sustainable choices and securing these choices during the building process.

From the start of a project, we sit down with the construction team. The various parameters or credits of the chosen sustainability meter are weighed up according to the client’s wishes and expectations. As the project progresses, we follow it up (studies, correct site execution, documentation of the measures). At the end of the process, a report is drawn up after which the certificate is issued. For the effective certification, we rely on our regular partner BOPRO.

With some 70 parameters or credits in 10 categories, BREEAM focuses mainly on the sustainability of buildings. Obvious topics, such as energy, waste, water use and mobility, are supplemented by, among other things, sustainable management practices and the use of sustainable materials. INGENIUM has several BREEAM APs (accredited professional) who, in consultation with the design team, define and secure the sustainable KPIs during the construction process.

Other sustainability indicators that we use are GRO - a new label for the valuation of office buildings - and TOTEM. The latter is a new tool from the Flemish government to compare the environmental impact of different building systems. In this way, we cannot only correctly estimate the direct but also the indirect environmental cost. This fits in perfectly with the life cycle analysis (TCO), which, for Ingenium, is a matter of course for every construction project. We can also offer support within the various sub-studies of WELL.

For the various sub-studies of the different sustainability indicators, we have experts in house who analyse the topics in more detail. For example, we offer comfort simulation, daylight studies, commissioning, etc.

Ingenium also makes its experience and expertise available to authorities and builders who want to create their own sustainability meter. This can be used as an extra evaluation tool during tenders or competitions.