What is BREEAM?

BREEAM stands for Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method.

BREEAM sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and is recognised both nationally and internationally as a measure of a building’s environmental performance. It provides an environmental performance benchmark across 51 sustainability issues.

What is the Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH or sometimes abbreviated to just ‘Code’)?

Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) is an environmental assessment system for rating new build dwellings.

The Key to achieving the best possible score is early involvement, HRS’s BREEAM and CSH Assessors are highly experienced and pro-active so you can be assured of a client focused cost effective service. (click here for testimonials).

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BREEAM LogoWhy and when do I need it?
If you are working on a commercial project, you need to check if BREEAM is a requirement. Many Local Planning Authorities require BREEAM Assessment as part of planning.

What do I need to do?
To ensure you do not miss out on the important early BREEAM credits, it is imperative that you contact a BREEAM assessor as early as possible. If the design is already well underway, don’t worry, contact HRS and our BREEAM assessor will work closely with you to ensure that you can still achieve your target rating.

The earlier we talk, the sooner HRS can start helping you gain BREEAM credits and prevent delays or unexpected costs. HRS pride ourselves on open lines of communication, providing you with a proactive service, working with you as part of your team.

For more information please contact 0800 030 4391 / email: info@hrsservices.co.uk

IES Tap and BREEAM Tracker Plus logosBREEAM Assessments – Project Management
HRS can use any project management system that you and your team are happy with, the popular ones that we have found our clients like to use are Tracker Plus and IESTaP.

There are many benefits to using software like the above, one of the main benefits is that it gives you your real time BREEAM score, and it gives a clear view of what credits are still required and what evidence is needed to ensure you achieve your BREEAM rating.

For more information on Project Management and related services, please contact 0800 030 4391 / email: info@hrsservices.co.uk

BREEAM SCORING Fully Fitted Shell Only Shell & Core Only
Management 12% 12.5% 11%
Health & Wellbeing 15% 10% 10.5%
Energy 15% 14.4% 15%
Transport 9% 11.5% 10%
Water 7% 4% 7.5%
Materials 13.5% 17.5% 14.5%
Waste 8.5% 11% 9.5%
Land Use & Ecology 10% 13% 11%
Pollution 10% 6% 11%
Innovation 10% 10% 10%

BREEAM Assessments – the benchmark for sustainable standards
Having a BREEAM rated building can be part of a local authority’s planning conditions, especially if you are working on an educational, healthcare or new government building. If you are not sure if you have a BREEAM requirement, ask your client or check planning, the earlier you know the sooner you can plan – don’t miss the early credits.

Only an accredited BREEAM Assessor can carry out BREEAM assessments. HRS has a full team of assessors, who regularly receive thanks from HRS clients for their proactive client focussed approach (click here for client endorsements).

BREEAM credits can be awarded across 51 sustainable issues. These are put into categories which will then be given an assigned credit(s) target weighting.

Please note that BREEAM Assessment criteria are tailored to the type of building that is being assessed. Part of HRS’s BREEAM Assessor role is to ensure that you achieve the maximum number of credits. To ensure HRS are able to do this, it is important that HRS are involved at the early stages (RIBA Stages 0,1 previously called A, B). (please click here for more information on RIBA Stages and gaining credits).

For more information about the ratings, credits, categories or building types, please click here or contact a HRS BREEAM Assessor on 0800 030 4391 or email info@hrsservices.co.uk

BREEAM Stages
There are 3 BREEAM stages:
Pre-assessment »
Design Stage Assessment »
Post Construction Stage Assessment »

What this means to you and what you need to know
Regardless of what stage you have got involved in the project, if you have a project that requires BREEAM it is imperative that you contact a BREEAM assessor at the earliest possible stage, as unfortunately far too often HRS BREEAM Assessors have to inform our clients that they have missed out on the early credits because we were not working with them at an early stage.

Information on all the stages and what they entail can be found by clicking the link to the KNOWLEDGE Hub.

Benefits to having a HRS BREEAM Assessor at the pre-assessment stage and what they can do for you:

HRS BREEAM Assessor will listen to your requirements and discuss with the design/construction team, giving them advice on how credits can be achieved in the most cost-effective way.

An action plan is then put together, giving a list of what information is required and who is responsible for listed items, making it clear for all concerned from the start.

The HRS BREEAM Assessor is there to help and support you at every stage, and their aim is to get you the best possible BREEAM rating. (Please click here to see what other people have said about HRS BREEAM Assessors)

How you can earn Extra BREEAM Credits?
There is still much confusion when it comes to BREEAM, this often leads to many of the earlier BREEAM credits being missed which can then lead to the desired BREEAM rating not being achieved.

HRS can help you gain these much needed extra credits, in addition to HRS having BREEAM assessors that will work along side you throughout the life of your project, HRS also provide the following in-house services that can help you gain those much needed extra BREEAM credits.

Design Stage Credits:
Thermal Modelling (1 credit)
Daylight Modelling (1-2 credits)
BREEAM Accredited Professional (1-3 credits)
Renewable Feasibility Study (1 credit)
Acoustic Consultancy (1-5 credits)
Indoor Air Quality Plan (1 credit)

Post Construction Credits:
Thermographic Survey (1 credit)
Indoor Air Quality Testing (1 credit)
Acoustic Testing (1-5 credits)
Building User Guide (1 credit)

For more information on any of the above services click here or call 0800 030 4391 / email info@hrsservices.co.uk and one of the HRS team would be happy to help you. Budget costs for the above services can be provided on request.

Key to achieving your specified BREEAM rating:
Early Planning – don’t miss the early credits

Understanding – what BREEAM target has been set i.e. Good, Very Good, Excellent?

Mandatory credits – what are the mandatory credits for the rating needed?

Registration – i.e. registered under BREEAM 2011 or 2014?

Understanding how you can gain Extra Credits –  in addition to HRS having a team of BREEAM assessors to work along side you throughout the life of your project, HRS can also provide you with a range of in-house services to help you gain those much needed extra BREEAM credits.

For more information please contact a HRS BREEAM Assessor on 0800 030 4391 or email info@hrsservices.co.uk

BREEAM credits for acoustic performance are awarded under two issues, Hea 05 and Pol 05, concerning internal acoustic performance and the control of noise pollution, respectively.

Depending on the scheme type, up to four credits are available through achieving the requirements of Hea 05. One credit is available through Pol 05, and is not dependent upon scheme type.

In some instances, such as for school design, the requirements of Hea 05 can be met by working to the standards required for Building Regulations compliance; other instances such as residential developments award credits on the basis of exceeding the baseline performance standards required by Building Regulations will require specialist design input from an early stage.

To find out more about BREEAM requirements specific to your scheme call HRS, or view our spreadsheet detailing the specifics of the Hea 05 and Pol 05 credits.

BREEAM 2014 Hea 05 – BREEAM Credits by Building Type
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Feasibility Study – Low and Zero Carbon (Ene 04 LZC)

What is a Feasibility Study and why should I have one?
A feasibility study can provide you with a much needed BREEAM credit. It is an independent energy study looking at all aspects of site, such as site location, building design and building materials. Recommendations are then put together detailing what can be done to achieve a low or Zero Carbon development.

HRS are Energy and BREEAM experts in sustainability, and so by asking HRS to carry out a feasibility study you would be ensuring that you achieve your BREEAM credit and that you are being made aware of the most appropriate, cost effective solutions in sustainable products. HRS keep up to date on all the latest developments in renewable energy sources so we can recommend the best ones for your project.

A feasibility study is mandatory to achieve BREEAM Excellent.

If you would like any advice, more information or a quote, please contact HRS, visit our KNOWLEDGE Hub or  request a quote.

What is thermal comfort modelling?

Thermal comfort modelling involves taking the design and building specifications, representing them in a 3 dimensional model and running a yearlong simulation to provide detailed results showing that required thermal comfort for the building users is indeed within the CIBSE standard tolerable values. More than often it is the predicted internal temperatures which are of concern mainly during the summer in free running mode. There are also instances where thermal comfort modelling is carried out all year round to see if the services strategy with the building fabric can deliver the CIBSE target comfort bands for both winter and summer seasons.

HRS have a highly trained team that would be happy to discuss how it can be used to provide cost savings. If you would like more information or a quote, please contact HRS on 0800 030 4391 / email: info@hrsservices.co.uk or click to go to the KNOWLEDGE Hub.

Thermal modelling involves taking designs and building specifications, representing them in a 3 dimensional model and running a year-long simulation to provide detailed results.

The thermal model is a bespoke model for a particular building with a specific location and orientation. Once the thermal model has been constructed, it can be used to influence the building’s design specifications. Changes can be made to U-Values and to building services specifications to assess the effect those changes may have on controlling internal temperatures.

Benefits of using thermal model early in the design process:

  • It can really help in making critical decisions which could lead to reduction in building costs and a highly energy efficient building with lower running costs
  • Predict the likelihood of overheating during the summer months
  • Predict the energy demands for lighting, heating etc for certain months or for a year
  • Daylight calculations can help designers to minimise artificial lighting and maximise available natural light
  • Can be used to demonstrate compliance with BREEAM 2011 Hea 03 and BREEAM 2008 Hea 10
  • Likely energy requirements can be tied in with associated CO2 emissions and fed back into sustainability/planning reports
  • Solar shading analysis can be used to assist summer shading requirements or selecting most appropriate solar panel locations

HRS have a highly trained team that would be happy to discuss how it can be used to provide cost savings. If you would like more information or a quote, please contact HRS on 0800 030 4391 / email: info@hrsservices.co.uk or click to go to the KNOWLEDGE Hub.

Thermal modelling exampleA thermographic survey is a collection of photographs taken using a thermal imaging camera which show the temperature of a building or object. These highly detailed images show differences in temperatures which can tell you a lot about a building which you may not be able to detect in any other way.

Thermographic Surveys/Thermal Imaging Surveys have many benefits:

  • A thermographic survey report can provide you with much needed BREEAM credits
  • They can show where heat loss is occurring in a building, highlighting inadequate or missing insulation
  • They can locate and quantify thermal bridges
  • They can show the location of air leakage paths through the building envelope
  • They can show water leakage tracing from building envelope or internal systems failures
  • You can locate with ease hidden or buried systems like pipes, central heating, under floor heating
  • They are great for examining all buildings, but in the case of a historic or listed building a thermographic survey is a way you can undertake a non-intrusive visualisation of structural or other components.

If you would like more information, advice or a quotation, one of HRS’s very experienced thermographers would be happy to discuss if a thermographic survey would be beneficial to you. Please contact us on 0800 030 4391 / email: info@hrsservices.co.uk or click to go to the KNOWLEDGE Hub ».

IAQUK-Membership-LogoBREEAM 2014 Hea 02 Credits – Indoor Air Quality – achieve easy, low cost BREEAM credits
HRS can help you achieve those much needed BREEAM credits by putting together an Indoor Air Quality Plan (IAQP) and carrying out Indoor Air Quality Testing.

The difference between BREEAM 2014 Hea 02 and BREEAM 2011 Hea 02 is that under BREEAM 2014 Hea 02 you can now get two BREEAM credits, one credit for having an IAQP prepared and one credit for carrying out the Indoor Air Quality Testing.

This is a low cost way of achieving two BREEAM credits, something many people are not aware of but it is worth knowing that even if you fail the Indoor Air Quality Test, you can still get the credit for having the plan.

BREEAM 2011 Hea 02 Credits – Indoor Air Quality – achieve an easy, low cost BREEAM credit
HRS can help you achieve those much needed BREEAM credits by putting together an Indoor Air Quality Plan (IAQP) and carrying out Indoor Air Quality Testing.

This is a low cost way of achieving a BREEAM credit. Please call HRS on 0800 030 4391 or e-mail info@hrsservices.co.uk to discuss or arrange for these services to be carried out.

Why were the BREEAM 2014 / 2011 Hea 02 Credits Introduced?
The reason and aim of the BREEAM 2011 Hea 02 Credits (Indoor Air Quality) is to recognise and encourage a healthy internal environment through the specification and installation of appropriate ventilation, equipment and finishes.

The test is carried out post-construction but pre-occupancy and involves looking for the presence of volatile organic compounds, formaldehyde, moulds etc.

The percentage credit weighting for Hea 02 is approximately 1% which makes this a simple and attractive BREEAM claim.

Is your building ready for Indoor Air Quality Testing?
Prior to testing, your project will need to be at or near completion with your HVAC system fully operational for a building purge.

Please also note that where levels of detected VOCs/formaldehyde/moulds are found to exceed the prescribed limits, the project team will need to confirm the measures that have or will be undertaken in accordance with the IAQ Plan to reduce the levels so that they fall within the limits.

Please call 0800 030 4391 or e-mail info@hrsservices.co.uk to discuss or arrange for these services to be carried out.

BREEAM 2014 Hea 05 – BREEAM Credits by Building Type
BREEAM credits for acoustic performance are awarded under two issues, Hea 05 and Pol 05, concerning internal acoustic performance and the control of noise pollution, respectively.

Depending on the scheme type, up to four credits are available through achieving the requirements of Hea 05. One credit is available through Pol 05, and is not dependent upon scheme type.

In some instances, such as for school design, the requirements of Hea 05 can be met by working to the standards required for Building Regulations compliance; other instances such as residential developments award credits on the basis of exceeding the baseline performance standards required by Building Regulations will require specialist design input from an early stage.

To find out more about BREEAM requirements specific to your scheme call HRS, or view our spreadsheet detailing the specifics of the Hea 05 and Pol 05 credits.

BREEAM 2014 Hea 05 – BREEAM Credits by Building Type
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Sustainability Champion (previously known as BREEAM Accredited Professional or BREEAM AP)

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What does a Sustainability champion do? How can they help me?
The role of the HRS Sustainability Champion (previously known as BREEAM AP) is to work closely with you and guide you through the RIBA stages, looking at your designs to ensure you achieve the maximum amount of BREEAM credits in the most cost effective way.

What is the difference between a Sustainability Champion and a BREEAM Assessor?
A Sustainability Champion cannot sign off that the final BREEAM rating has been achieved, their role is advisory, whereas a BREEAM Assessor’s role is to review and confirm. HRS Sustainability Champions are also BREEAM Assessors who have a wealth of in-depth experience in helping clients to achieve their desired BREEAM Rating.

If you would like any advice or more information, please contact HRS or click here for our KNOWLEDGE Hub or click here to request a quote.

Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH or sometimes abbreviated to just ‘Code’)

Code for Sustainable Homes logoWhy and when do I need to do a CSH assessment?
You will need a CSH assessment if you are working on new housing that is funded by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), or on any new dwelling that is supported/promoted by the Welsh Assembly Government.

Some but not all local authorities also require CSH standards to be met as a condition of planning approval.

What you need to know
You need to contact a CSH assessor early. CSH have rating levels which range from 1 to 6. There are mandatory minimum requirements for some areas.

HRS have a team of CSH Assessors who will work closely with you to ensure you achieve your desired rating.
If you would like any advice, more information or a quote, please contact HRS or click here for our knowledge hub or here to request a quote.

HRS can provide you with a complete range of building environmental and sustainability services, meaning you can save time and money, avoid inconvenience and your risks are minimised.

From concept design stage to completion, HRS can work alongside you every step of the way. You and your project would be supported by HRS’s extensive knowledge that has been built up over 30 years, whether you need consultancy or on site advice and guidance, HRS’s large team of consultants and on site technicians are here to support you to make sure that your project hands over on time and within budget.

At HRS we believe strongly in being pro-active and customer focused, providing you with innovative cost-effective solutions.

All you need to do is make one phone call to 0800 030 4391 or email: info@hrsservices.co.uk sending one set of drawings stating what services you require, and HRS will take it from there.

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