BREEAM aims to reduce the negative impact of new and existing buildings on the environment. Find out how platform lifts can reduce your BREEAM score below.
BREEAM stands for “Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method” – a bit of a mouthful which BREEAM define as:
“The world’s leading sustainability assessment method for master planning projects, infrastructure and buildings. It addresses a number of lifecycle stages such as New Construction, Refurbishment and In-Use”
Founded in 1990, BREEAM was the world’s first sustainability assessment method for buildings – with new alternatives including LEED and Green Star. The main purpose of the scheme is to reduce the negative impact of buildings on the environment – as they make up around 40-50% of the worlds emissions.
A BREEAM advisor (called a BREEAM Champion) reviews your BREEAM rating and runs through the project with you to determine your score:
What Areas Count Towards BREEAM?
BREEAM is a self-assessment system whereby elements of a building design are given a score based on their sustainability features.
The categories that these fall under are shown in the table below, with the weighting/importance that they are given. Different types of building (new build, renovation, community) have minor differences in weighting.
|Energy and Emissions||19%|
|Land Use and Ecology||10%|
|Health and Wellbeing||15%|
As the table shows, the most importance is placed on energy and emissions, so this is the key focus area. Platform lifts can help with your BREEAM requirements in a few areas.
BREEAM and Platform Lifts
When platform lifts are specified on a project, a total of 2 points are held against the platform lift under category “Energy Efficient Transportation Systems”. At present BREEAM only assesses the installation of conventional lifts, not platform lifts, that form an integral part of the building within the energy section.
Although this excludes platform lifts from the assessment criteria, if you specify a platform lift, the 2 points relating to the lift section are wavered reducing the total BREEAM target score by 2 points. This is because the platform lift is not a permanent part of the building structure.
How to Improve your BREEAM Score
Generally to improve your BREEAM score in any segment, the following will be required:
Gartec platform lifts tick the boxes for most of the above requirements. Visit the BREEAM website for more information about BREEAM for all sorts of building projects.
BREEAM Criteria for Platform Lifts
The following features and design criteria are relevant to the BREEAM assessment in relation to platform lifts:
Gartec platform lifts have been designed to fall into all of these, and create a lift that makes sustainability simple.
To find out more about BREEAM assessments, please visit the BREEAM website or speak to your BREEAM Champion for specific site information.
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