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Balfour Beatty resi building lands world’s first BREEAM In-Use award

25 August 2020

The Cargo building, a 324-apartment residential property in Liverpool, has been awarded the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) In-Use residential certification the first of its kind worldwide.

Built by Balfour Beatty, with Faithful+Gould appointed the project’s surveyor, the Cargo building is part of a portfolio managed by Federated Homes, located close to the city’s Albert Dock, and is the city’s first build-to-rent scheme.

The BREEAM In-Use assessment, the latest version of which was introduced earlier this year, measures buildings against a range of variables, such as energy efficiency, health and wellbeing, water and land use, pollution and resilience. 

Assessors BRE said the project recorded a rating of 70.8% and an ‘Excellent’ rating, scoring particularly well in the categories of resilience, transport and energy.

James Fisher, strategic real estate lead at BRE Global, said: “The high score in the resilience category shows that the asset is well-prepared and future-ready, giving assurance to the tenants regarding the asset’s sustainability credentials.”