BREEAM Services – Air, Acoustic, Thermal, Materials
HEA02 Indoor Air Quality
BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) is a sustainability assessment method for buildings that is widely used in the UK and other countries around the world. One of the categories that is assessed in the BREEAM certification process is Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). IAQ testing is a critical component of BREEAM certification, and it involves measuring various pollutants and parameters in indoor air to ensure that they are within acceptable levels.
BREEAM IAQ testing typically involves measuring a range of pollutants and parameters, including carbon dioxide (CO2), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), particulate matter (PM), and humidity levels. These measurements are usually taken over a period of time, often several days or weeks, to obtain a representative sample of the indoor air quality.
HEA05 Acoustic Testing
To achieve the HEA05 credit, the building must meet certain acoustic performance requirements, including:
- Sound insulation: The building must be designed to provide adequate sound insulation between rooms and between the building and its surroundings.
- Reverberation time: The building must have an appropriate reverberation time, which is the time it takes for sound to decay to an inaudible level.
- Noise from building services: The building must be designed to minimize noise from building services such as HVAC systems and elevators.
- Noise from external sources: The building must be designed to minimize noise from external sources such as traffic, railways, and airports.
Man 04 Commissioning and handover – Thermographic survey
To achieve the Man 04 credit, the building must undergo a thermographic survey during the commissioning process. The survey should be conducted after the building envelope is complete and the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are operational. The results of the survey should be compared to established benchmarks and guidelines to ensure that the building is operating as intended.
Overall, the use of thermographic surveys is an important aspect of achieving the Man 04 credit and can help to ensure that the building is operating efficiently and effectively. By identifying areas where improvements can be made, the building owner or operator can take action to reduce energy consumption, improve occupant comfort, and meet the sustainability criteria outlined in the BREEAM certification process.
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