The BREEAM-in use certificate and the influence on the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam

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The built environment is responsible for a great amount of greenhouse gas emissions that have a negative influence on the climate. Therefore, several policies and interventions are needed to tackle this major problem. Environmental assessment tools could play a role in here. In this research the focus will be on the Building Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM). The main goal of this tool is to measure the sustainability rate of buildings and to introduce improvements to become a more sustainable building. The Concertgebouw and Rijksmuseum have been qualified on this certificate to contribute to a more sustainable environment. By using the social practice theory, the impact of the certificate on the several practices and thus the influence of the certificate could be analysed. Did the certificate provide certain changes or not? In this research, qualitative research methods, including interviews, are used to answer the following central research question: In what way does the BREEAM-in use certificate influence practices of the employees working at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam? Key words: sustainability, social practices, environmental assessment tools, BREEAM-in use certificate, (internal/external) barriers, initiating change, the Concertgebouw, the Rijksmuseum
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