At the end of 2021, the ASR Dutch Prime Retail Fund received a BREEAM-NL In Use certificate for 146 retail buildings and centres. This means that the entire retail portfolio of the fund is certified. The certifications provide an insight into the sustainability performances and the potential for improvement of the buildings in the portfolio. The recommendations from the reports form the starting point for making the buildings more sustainable.
Full certification of the portfolio, one of the objectives pursued in the CSR-policy of the ASR Dutch Prime Retail Fund, was thus achieved in 2021. A structural effort is being made to achieve the other objectives, such as installing solar panels and making buildings climate-adaptive by using green and white roofs.
Edwin van de Woestijne, fund director of the ASR Dutch Prime Retail Fund, said: “In addition to making our buildings more sustainable and actively contributing to the energy transition, we are committed to reducing energy consumption and the associated CO2 emissions. We are aiming for a Paris Proof portfolio by 2045.”
CFP led the BREEAM certification process. First, a BREEAM Quick Scan was carried out, which provided insight into the sustainability performance of the buildings within a very short space of time. Next, the entire portfolio was certified according to the BREEAM-NL In-Use methodology.
BREEAM-NL In-Use Certificate
BREEAM stands for Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method and is used in more than 80 countries worldwide. The method was originally developed by the Building Research Establishment (BRE). The Dutch Green Building Council (DGBC) has made BREEAM suitable for the Netherlands, hence BREEAM-NL. BREEAM-NL has been the certification method for sustainability of the built environment since 2009. This method can be used to assess projects for integral sustainability.