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2014-03-17

LKS ranks as a leading company in LEED and BREEAM certifications

LKS has over thirty LEED and BREEAM certifications with a variety of references both at national and international level. Among its staff, there are LEED AP professionals accredited by the United States Green Building Council (LEED certification issuing entity) and professionals accredited as BREEAM assessors by the Building Research Establishment (BREEAM certification issuing entity) for the implementation of this building assessment and certification system. LKS is also certified as an authorized agent to give training courses to potential BREEAM ES assessors and has signed several agreements with national and international universities to participate as a collaborator in various graduate and postgraduate degrees. As a result of this experience LKS Learning has emerged,  an online  sustainability and energy efficiency training website aimed at technicians and professionals across the value chain of the construction industry.

Increasingly, investors demand a sustainable building label among their requirements and LKS is one of the leading companies in this field. In addition to certifying LEED and BREEAM, LKS can also advise on other certifications such as PASSIVHAUS and other national and international labels. These sustainability labels provide added value to the works, essential for the commercialization and enhancement of the asset. LKS has a wide experience in LEED derived from the management and support of certifying a number of projects such as the headquarters of CASS in Colombia, the Puerto Venecia shopping centre in Zaragoza, the Banc Sabadell service centre, the Naturgas headquarters or the Orona technology centre, where LKS is applying both the LEED and BREEAM certification processes.  Other BREEAM projects managed by LKS, include the extension to the Buesa Arena in Vitoria, the Ekogunea sustainability Park in San Sebastián, a shopping centre in Barcelona promoted by Neinver or the Eroski Zero Emissions store. Recently LKS also obtained 16 new BREEAM ES En Uso certificates for Redevco in existing buildings occupied by international brands like Zara, C & A, Stradivarius, Pimkie, Massimo Dutti, H & M, Springfield or Barclays Bank. With these certificates, LKS has registered 24 buildings, 17 of which have the BREEAM ES final certificate.

The LEED certification system (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) was created in the United States and it is an evaluation system for the development of sustainable buildings of very high performance with a global character which has spread to over 40 countries worldwide. It is aimed at all building typologies and seeks leading and innovative strategies for sustainable development, considering six key areas: Sustainable Plots, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Air Quality and Innovation in management.

BREEAM (Building Research Establishment's Environmental Assessment Method) is a British established and prestigious brand, with a track record of over 20 years in the sustainable building market. It evaluates the environmental impact of buildings in 10 categories: Management, Health and Wellness, Energy, Transport, Water, Materials, Waste, Land Use and Ecology, Pollution and Innovation, allowing certification according to different levels of sustainability, and serving both as reference and as a technical guide for a more sustainable construction.