BREEAM is a credit based assessment of new and existing buildings in relation to the Environmental Assessment Method, and provides a sustainability rating. The purpose of BREEAM is to reduce the negative impact of buildings on the environment.
BREEAM and Platform Lifts
At present BREEAM only assesses the installation of conventional lifts that form an integral part of the building within the energy section. Although this excludes platform lifts from the assessment criteria, projects specifying platform lifts will not be penalised, as the credits available for the lifts assessment will be omitted from the overall assessment. This is because the platform lift is not a permanent part of the building structure.
By specifying a platform lift, the BREAAM count requirement is reduced by two credits and the whole project score recalculated.
BREEAM Criteria for Platform Lifts
The following features and design criteria are relevant to this assessment in relation to platform lifts:
- First Impact: No hazardous materials are used in its production and there is no hazardous emission in its use.
- Installation: Installation does not involve environmentally unfriendly activities. No significant power is required.
- Commissioning: Commissioning does not result in any emissions or require any excessive power.
- Power Usage: prime power source is a 3 phase 2.2 kW electric motor which is only energised when the lift is operating. Normal running current is 4.7 Amps. The product is fitted as standard with ability to set the lift into a quiescent state after a settable interval following use. In this state the lift draws less than 10 watts.
- Lighting: Impact is reduced by the use of LEDs.
- Consumables: These are limited to lubricating oil and conventional cleaning materials. An automatic lubrication system is fitted that can be adjusted to prevent waste whilst reducing the possibility of over oiling and maintaining optimum low friction running conditions.
- Lift Maintenance: A digital control system is fitted which allows rapid fault finding and can also be interrogated as an aide for efficient maintenance.
- End Of Service: The lift contains virtually no hazardous materials, the vast majority is recyclable (steel). The power to dissemble is minimal as this can be carried out with the use of hand tools. If required the lift can be economically re sited.
- Life Span: Low total cost over life cycle. For normal usage the design life expectancy of the major components is at least 18 years.
To find out more about BREEAM assessments, please visit the BREEAM website.