How to use BREEAM, one of the leading and most widely used environmental assessment methods in the UK.
The UK-based Building Research Establishment (BRE) uses a variety of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodologies to help companies understand how their products, materials and systems will perform and how they might improve the environmental performance of their buildings. BREEAM is one of the leading and most widely used environmental assessment methods for buildings in the UK. The standard covers ten categories of sustainability including:
• Health & Wellbeing
• Land Use and Ecology • Pollution
BREEAM is then dissected into building types, or ‘schemes’, such as Prisons, Courts, Healthcare, Office, Retail, Industrial, etc. and within these schemes there is a medium sized scope that applies to interior design, in terms of refurbishment and fit-out. BREEAM Retail and BREEAM Offices have the most information on common commercial interior design issues that are related to sustainability. BREEAM published a green guide to specification , the ratings within the guide are based on LCA (life cycle assessment) the BREEAM manuals include the British Standards’ required Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emission levels from various interior products and finishes. BREEAM only focuses on lighting efficiency and emission levels of basic interior finishes.
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