10599414_lUK: Daikin Europe is leading the way across Europe for the number of employees qualified under the BREEAM Accredited Professional programme.

The BREEAM Accredited Professional (AP) programme is designed to give individuals a full understanding of requirements for the internationally-recognised BREEAM environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings.

Daikin Europe now has 23 individuals trained and qualified under the BREEAM programme – the largest number of APs from any one single organisation, according to the BRE.

The 23 Daikin employees are across 12 countries – Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Slovakia, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Romania and UK – and could play an important role in the helping Daikin clients understand and excel in the requirements of BREEAM.

“APs play a pivotal role in achieving a high BREEAM score, providing the client and design team with expert advice on built environment sustainability, environmental design and assessment within the BREEAM framework,” says Gavin Dunn, director of BREEAM. “They facilitate the team’s efforts to successfully schedule activities and set priorities to achieve a target BREEAM rating.”

“BREEAM is the most popular sustainable building certificate in Europe and is becoming more and more important to our customers,” says Wim Vangeenberghe, Daikin Europe’s general manager sales. “Having such a solid base of APs is another step in the right direction to make sure Daikin can give it’s customers the best support they need to obtain their BREEAM certificate.”

To be considered for the AP qualification, a building professional needs at least three years post graduate (or equivalent) professional experience working in a role covering the sustainability of the built environment. Successful candidates must also demonstrate knowledge of integrated environmental design with an appreciation of life cycle assessment and cost analysis.

The training for a BREEAM AP consists of pre-course online learning plus a one day workshop and an exam.