BREEAM is one of the most well known building assessment methodologies in the World. It measures the sustainability of a building. BREEAM is a points-based system for rating the environmental performance of buildings. BREEAM stands for Building Research Establishment Energy Assessment Method.
BREEAM is well established “green building” rating system in the UK. The UK building industry recognises the importance of adopting BREEAM on non domestic building as a way of demonstrating their commitment to construction and sustainable excellence.
BREEAM Rating ‘Credits’ are grouped under 9 categories of sustainable compliance with a total of 49 issues across the all the categories: Management, Health and Wellbeing, Energy and Transport, Water, Materials, Waste, Land Use and Ecology, Pollution, Innovation. (View the full detailed Table)
|Reduction of CO2 emissions||Sustainable procurement|
|Low or zero carbon technologies||Stakeholder participation|
|Energy monitoring||Service life planning and costing|
|Energy efficient transportation systems||Responsible construction practices|
|Energy efficient laboratory systems||Construction site impacts|
|Energy efficient external lighting||Pollution|
|Energy efficient equipment (process)||Surface water run-off|
|Energy efficient cold storage||Reduction of night time light pollution|
|Drying space||NOx emissions from heating/cooling source|
|Health and wellbeing||Noise attenuation|
|Water quality||Impact of refrigerants|
|Thermal comfort||Travel plan|
|Safety and security||Public transport accessibility|
|Indoor air quality||Proximity to amenities|
|Acoustic performance||Maximum car parking capacity|
|Land use and ecology||Cyclist amenities|
|Mitigating ecological impact||Water monitoring|
|Long term impact on biodiversity||Water leak detection and prevention|
|Enhancing site ecology||Water efficient equipment (process)|
|Ecological value of site||Water consumption|
|Responsible sourcing of materials||Speculative floor and ceiling finishes|
|Life cycle impacts||Recycled aggregate|
|Hard landscaping and boundary protection||Construction waste management|
|Designing for robustness||Innovation|
Depending on the type of building the number of issues that are appropriate will be selected and have credits allocated to each as the construction progresses. The innovation category allows extra credits to be achieved for exemplary performance within the categories.
The Total number of credits gained will determine the level of BREEAM certification the building will achieve at the design stage and finally at the post construction stage.
- PASS – : ≥35%
- GOOD – : ≥45%
- VERY GOOD – : ≥60%
- EXCELLENT – : ≥70%
The BREEAM NEW Construction assessment covers public and commercial buildings with the exception of non standard buildings that are outside the scope of the New Construction 2011, these buildings will follow the bespoke route.
The BREEAM 2011 New Construction Manual has been launched to replace the 2008 versions of the scheme. The main difference has been to combine many of the different building types that share the same issues and to highlight the differences within the appropriate section.
If your building is attempting to achieve a BREEAM rating, there are a number of minimum requirements (Mandatory), where these have to be met in order to gain the required level of achievement. There is also the opportunity to gain credits from an array optional issues, we can guide you through this process and in many cases provide the analyses and reports in-house to make this process as easy as ticking a box.
Monument Info Search can assists you in achieving the maximum credits available for your project depending on the building type. We also undertake the additional reports / surveys and calculations necessary to make achieving the necessary credits a breeze.
- Thermography Surveys (Man 01)
- Building Log book (Man 01)
- Installation of BMS (Man 01)
- Daylighting calcs (HEA 01)
- Classvent Calcs (HEA 02)
- Natural Vent modelling -AM10 (Hea 02)
- Thermal Modelling (HEA 03)
- Acoustic Testing (Hea 05)
- Low Carbon Assessment (ENE 04)
- Energy Modelling (Pol 02)
- Part L SBEM (Ene 01)
- Thermographic Energy Surveys and Analysis
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