The BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) was established in the UK in 1990 by the Building Research Establishment (BRE). It considers performance criteria for sustainability in ten categories. Projects certified to BREEAM are rated on a scale of Pass, Good, Very Good, Excellent and Outstanding. BREEAM is used by Green Building Councils in United Kingdom, Holland, Spain, Norway and Sweden. https://www.breeam.com/
6.3.3 German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB)
The DGNB method was developed by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) and the German Government. There are 49 criteria in 6 categories. Certifications are awarded in bronze, silver and gold. DGNB is very closely linked to European standards and is currently in use in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Bulgaria and Denmark, adapted to national standards. http://www.dgnb.de
6.3.4 French Haute Qualité Environnementale (HQE)
HQE is the French system for certification of sustainable buildings. The approach is to promote sustainable buildings in accordance with HQE principles. They comprise 15 goals, whose achievable levels are “high performance”, “performance” or “base”. Several environmental impacts (e.g. energy performance, use of resources, recyclability and indoor air quality) are taken into account. www.behqe.com
The LEED method was developed by the US Green Building Council and is one of the oldest systems. A building can be certified silver, gold and platinum, based on an assessment of eight different categories of indicators. LEED is used in Romania, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Poland, Germany and France. https://new.usgbc.org/leed
6.3.6 Passive House
The Passive House concept has existed in Germany since the 1990s, providing target values for heating requirements, building airtightness and total primary energy demand. The Passive House concept is a certification scheme with calculations for annual energy consumption for heating, hot water and household electricity evaluated against the system's requirements. https://www.passivehouse-international.org/
6.3.7 Green Building Councils
Green Building Councils support a certifications scheme and the development of Green buildings in their area. There is a Green Building Council in more than a 100 countries.
The best place for more information is the World Green Building Council – www.worldgbc.org
– an umbrella organisation for Green Building Councils worldwide.