Posted: 11th June 2021
BREEAM – the Building and Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method – is an important strategy for achieving sustainable design, construction, and operation of building projects in the UK. The international scheme awards credits according to the environmental performance of buildings.
BREEAM assessments were designed as a cost-effective way to recognise the importance of sustainable development, helping investors, designers, developers, and builders to use resources efficiently. Impartial, licensed experts assess buildings or construction projects to ensure they meet the scheme’s quality standards, focusing on a range of categories including energy, carbon emissions, durability, and acoustic performance. At ACA Acoustics, we conduct expert noise assessments to ensure your projects comply with BREEAM criteria for noise levels and acoustic performance.
BREEAM ratings range from outstanding to acceptable, with stars awarded on a BREEAM certificate according to the level of performance for each category. The categories are sub-divided into different assessment criteria, with their own aims, targets, and benchmarks. Once the BREEAM-qualified consultant determines the benchmark has been reached, credits are awarded, with the sum of the category scores determining the final BREEAM performance rating.
BREEAM noise and vibration assessments are undertaken by qualified acoustic consultants, taking into account building and environmental acoustics.
What is included in a noise impact assessment depends on the use and location of a new development; however, two sections of BREEAM relate to acoustic design and noise pollution, with five credits available under HEA 05 and POL 05 (subject to the type of building). The assessment typically focuses on two areas:
Because the requirements of a noise survey for BREEAM varies according to the type and planned use of the buildings, it’s vital to consider the issue of noise from the outset and throughout the design phase. Partnership with an experienced and qualified acoustics consultant is invaluable, so that you can be confident of achieving the highest BREEAM grading for sound emissions and acoustics.
BREEAM requires the design stage assessments for HEA 05 and analysis of POL 05 to be carried out by a Suitably Qualified Acoustician. This is defined as being an acoustic consultant with a minimum of three years’ relevant experience, a recognised acoustic qualification, and a member of the Institute of Acoustics.
All of ACA Acoustics’s consultants comply with the requirements for a Suitably Qualified Acoustician.
If you’re seeking a professional acoustics consultant for your BREEAM assessment, get in touch with our specialists at ACA Acoustics. We support clients in a range of industries to meet the benchmark for BREEAM compliance and obtain outstanding status in acoustics, and we can also provide noise assessments as part of a detailed planning application. For more information, get in touch with ACA Acoustics today.
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