BREEAM Assessments (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method) are for commercial developments.
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BREEAM assessments are the world’s leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for commercial buildings. As with the Code for Sustainable Homes it is completed via a two stage process.
There are nine sections to consider which are as follows:-
- Health & Well Being
- Land Use & Ecology
Within each of the above sections there are numerous sub sections which vary dependent upon the type of BREEAM assessments that the building is being assessed under.
Developments for BREEAM Assessments are rated based upon their overall score as well as compliance with the mandatory requirements and can attain either a Pass, Good, Very Good, Excellent or Outstanding rating.
- Schools (Including further and higher education)
- Multi residential
For Building Regulation purposes new non residential buildings need to comply with Approved Document L2A
Recap on the Code for Sustainable Homes.
Residential assessments are completed via the Code for Sustainable Homes assessment which is the nationally recognised accreditation that defines the environmental performance of new homes. It is completed via a two stage process that assesses not only the design stage commitments but also the post completion stage of the developments.
There a 9 categories to the Code For Sustainable Homes.
Category 1 – Energy/CO2
- Dwelling Emission Rate
- Building Fabric
- Internal Lighting
- Drying Space
- Energy Labelled White Goods
- External Lighting
- Low or Zero Carbon (LZC) Technologies
- Cycle Storage
- Home Office
Category 2 – Water
- Indoor Water Use
- External Water Use
Category 3 – Materials
- Environmental Impact of Materials
- Responsible Sourcing of Materials – Basic Building Elements
- Responsible Sourcing of Materials – Finishing Elements
Category 4 – Surface Water Run-off
- Management of Surface Water Runoff from developments
- Flood Risk
Category 5 – Waste
- Storage of non-recyclable waste and recyclable household waste
- Construction Site Waste Management
Category 6 – Pollution
- Global Warming Potential (GWP) of Insulants
- NOx Emissions
Category 7 – Health and well-being
- Sound Insulation
- Private Space
- Lifetime Homes
Category 8 – Management
- Home User Guide
- Considerate Constructors Scheme
- Construction Site Impacts
Category 9 – Ecology
- Ecological Value of Site
- Ecological Enhancement
- Protection of Ecological Features
- Change in Ecological Value of Site
- Building Footprint
For Building Regulation purposes new dwellings need to comply with Approved Document L1A
Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the Code for Sustainable Homes or BREEAM Assessments.
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