A Look at BREEAM with Breana Wheeler and Greg Patton

Breana Wheeler became BRE’s Director of Operations in the US in June 2016, launching BREEAM USA in the US market. BREEAM is the world’s first green building rating system and today is the most widely used program worldwide with over 2.2 million registered buildings and over 560,000 certifications. Breana organizes and oversees the daily operations of the business in the United States, including the development and maintenance of the BREEAM USA technical standards. Prior to joining BRE, Breana worked for ten years as an internal advisor on environmental and sustainability risk management for large, multinational corporations and was based in London, England.

Breana is a Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and a LEED® Green Associate. She was a Fellow with the Royal Geographical Society from 2010 to 2014. She has a double BA in Geography and Political Science from San Francisco State University and an MA in Environment, Politics and Globalization from Kings College London.

Expertise: BREEAM, LEED O+M, environmental risk assessment and management, carbon reporting and management, sustainability communications, training, auditing, assessment, sustainable travel planning and strategy, development of sustainability strategies, Environmental Management Systems (14001), sustainable procurement.

Gregory Patton is a member of the Sustainability Consulting Team at Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) as a Senior Sustainability & Energy Consultant. In this role, he oversees multiple projects related to Sustainable and Healthy Buildings. In addition to managing LEED, WELL, and Fitwel projects for clients, he also provides support to SIG’s Engineering Team for ENERGY STAR, Commissioning, and technical expertise centered around existing buildings.  

Gregory joined SIG in January of 2022 and brings two decades of operational experience to the team. Throughout his career he has successfully operated and managed numerous large commercial buildings as well as sustainability programs for clients. Gregory’s deep understanding of building systems and his passion to create a Sustainable and Healthy Future has enabled him to excel in the sustainability space. Gregory holds professional accreditations for LEED O+M, LEED BD+C, LEED ID+C, LEED HOMES, LEED Green Rater, WELL, and is a Fitwel Ambassador and BREEAM In-Use Assessor. 

Originally from Florida (GO GATORS), Gregory has adapted to Colorado life and can be found outside enjoying the 300+ days of sunshine and blue skies that Colorado has to offer. He enjoys hiking, kayaking, live sporting events, and traveling with his wife and son

Show Highlights

  • Learn 3 things sustainability needs to deliver value and go beyond green for better outcomes. 
  • BREEAM’s science based solutions, certification and footprint.
  • Programs for life cycle stages for all types of buildings to make significant improvements and not just gain certifications. 
  • The 9 categories to BREEAM’s holistic approach to handle the integrity of managing the asset in confirming data.
  • Science driven tools and resources to identify gaps and add value to builds 
  • Understanding the specific BREEAM Professional roles and licenses, educational requirements, and assessment process.
  • Unpacking BREEAM
    • Cost and price points 
    • Carbon and energy efficiency vs Energy Star
    • Regional components
    • Comparisons with LEED, WELL, and Living Building
    • Transparency and clients choice

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