Is your project registered to be certified by the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) scheme? If so, Redmore Environmental and our Indoor Air Quality Consultants can help your project to achieve credits and reach a desired BREEAM rating. Take a look through our specialist BREEAM Indoor Air Quality Assessment services to find out more.

BREEAM Indoor Air Quality Assessment Services

The criteria of BREEAM Health and Wellbeing sub category Hea 02 ‘Indoor Air Quality’ and Pollution sub category Pol 02 ‘Local air quality’ require the knowledge of an Indoor Air Quality Consultant to help demonstrate compliance with the relevant targets and achieve associated credits. Our team can assist with all aspects of Hea 02 ‘Indoor Air Quality’ and Pol 02 ‘Local air quality’, and our services include:

  • Hea 02: Preparation of a site-specific Indoor Air Quality Plan (IAQP).
  • Hea 02: Detailed review of proposed building ventilation arrangements and associated alarms.
  • Hea 02: Detailed review of potential emissions associated with finishing materials utilised as part of construction and fit out works.
  • Hea 02: Post-construction Indoor Air Quality Testing.
  • Pol 02: Assessment of low emission combustion appliances in the building.

If your project requires an indoor air quality service not listed above, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team who can discuss your requirements in more detail or visit our Indoor Air Quality Testing services page.

Why Should a Project Seek Credits Associated with Hea 02 ‘Indoor Air Quality’?

The internal environment of new structures, or refurbished buildings, although newly developed can pose a health risk to occupants. This can occur as a result of the emission of harmful pollutants from materials utilised as part of the construction, fit out and finishing works, such as paints and furnishings. In addition, improperly designed ventilation strategies can lead to a build-up of airborne compounds. Collectively these issues can cause a deterioration in the quality of internal air and lead to adverse health effects for those exposed. Achieving the criteria set out in Hea 02 ‘Indoor Air Quality’ facilitates an active approach to reducing internal pollutant concentrations during design, construction and completion. This minimises emissions and potential exposure to harmful indoor pollutants. As a result, improving the internal environment of a development and most importantly, the health and wellbeing of its occupants.

For further information on the most recent BREEAM guidance why not read our news story on the release.

Why Should a Project Seek the Credit Associated with Pol 02 ‘Local Air Quality’?

Poor air quality has a detrimental effect on humans, fauna and flora. Combustion gases, including nitrous oxides (NOₓ), can further react in the atmosphere to create substances that have a major impact on health and wellbeing. They can be carcinogenic, affect respiratory function (including asthma and other bronchial complaints), have a sensitising effect for allergy suffers and increase instances of heart disease. Legislation covering the UK sets maximum acceptable limits for measured air pollutants. Under this issue the Pol 02 credit seeks to limit emissions from developments in use that affect local air quality. This can help:

  • Improved air quality for building occupants, visitors and neighbours leading to better health and wellbeing  outcomes.
  • Increased staff satisfaction and productivity.
  • Enhanced acceptability of a building, especially in areas with compromised air quality that have their emissions even more tightly controlled.

The credit is achieved through the selection of low emission combustion appliances for use in the building. This helps to contribute to a reduction in local air pollution.

Air Quality Experts

Redmore Environmental has substantial experience in the provision of BREEAM Indoor Air Quality Assessment services. This ensures we are able to address all elements of Hea 02 ‘Indoor Air Quality’ and Pol 02 ‘Local air quality’. We have supported a wide range of BREEAM projects within the commercial and industrial sectors. These have included health centres, hospitals, office buildings and laboratories.

Please get in touch with a member of our team today to find out more about how we can help with the indoor air quality aspect of your BREEAM development or visit our case studies to review recently completed projects such as XYZ Building, Spinningfields, Manchester.

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