Sustainable design and certification of buildings

BREEAM, Sustainable design, Sustainable assessment, Environmental impact, Health indoor environment, BREEM, Sustainability

The aim of sustainable design and assessment is to reduce environmental impacts of the built environment, create a more productive and healthy indoor environment and lower maintenance demand.

EFLA employs licenced BREEAM assessors and BREEAM accredited professionals who provide consultancy on sustainability assessments and certifications.


To enhance sustainability of the built environment, sustainability assessment methods have been developed. In recent years, the demand for assessment and certification of construction projects has been on the rise. EFLA has been a leading consultant in this field in Iceland and offers service on sustainable design of buildings and infrastructure projects as well as sustainability assessment and certification, e.g. in accordance with BREEAM.

BREEAM sustainability assessment method

Using the BREEAM International sustainability assessment method, various issues are addressed, including energy efficiency, water use, waste management and more.

The broader benefits

The benefits of sustainable design, in addition to reduced environmental impacts, are healthier indoor environment, reduced operational costs and more attractive constructions to let, sell or retain.

Among services provided are

Using the BREEAM international sustainability assessment method, EFLA addresses:

  • Sustainable management practices
  • Healthy indoor environment
  • Energy efficiency
  • Sustainable water use
  • Choice of construction materials
  • Waste management
  • Sustainable land use
  • Prevention and control of pollution

Furthermore, EFLA provides technical solutions for sustainable design in various fields:

  • Electrical systems and lighting
  • Ventilation systems
  • Energy efficiency
  • Acoustics and material selection
  • Air pollution
  • Waste management
  • Wastewater management
  • Ecological value of land
  • Green roofs
  • Sustainable transport
  • HSE management
  • Life cycle cost analysis
  • Commissioning
  • BREEAM assessment and certification

Example of BREEAM certified buildings that EFLA has been involved in include the Visitor Centre for Vatnajökull National Park and an office building at Höfðabakki 9 in Reykjavík, Iceland. 

Additionally, EFLA is involved in several projects currently undergoing interim BREEAM assessment.