If your scheme is registered with BREEAM you may require indoor air quality testing to fulfill the requirements of the ‘Health and Wellbeing’ credits, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our specialist team today to find out how we can help you achieve the extra BREEAM credits associated with Hea02 for indoor air quality (VOC) testing.
Extra BREEAM Credits for Hea 02 ‘Indoor Air Quality Testing.
The internal environment of new structures and/or refurbished buildings, although newly developed can pose a health risk to occupants. This can occur as a result of the emission of harmful pollutants from materials utilised as part of the construction, fit out and finishing works, such as paints and furnishings. In addition to materials, improperly designed ventilation systems can lead to a build-up of airborne compounds. Collectively these issues can cause a deterioration in the quality of internal air and lead to adverse health effects for those exposed.
Trying to achieve the criteria set out in Hea 02 ‘Indoor Air Quality’ facilitates an active approach to reducing internal pollutant concentrations during design, construction and completion. This minimises emissions and potential exposure to harmful indoor pollutants such as VOC’s and Formaldehyde. As a result, improving the internal environment of a development should improve the health and wellbeing of its occupants.
For further information on our BREEAM Indoor air quality testing guidance, why not read our latest news release.
The new updates to BREEAM Hea02 Air Quality Credits
The emissions from construction products credit have been updated to amend the emission standards against which building products must be compared. This will increase BREEAMs applicability and ease the process of identifying compliant products. Lastly, the total volatile organic compound (TVOC) concentration criteria against which post-construction monitoring must be compared has been increased from 300μg/m3 to 500μg/m3 over the 8-hour period. This change is likely to allow consistency with the criteria and bring it in line with the American WELL building standard, which has gained popularity throughout Europe over the last couple of years.
We are the Indoor Air Quality Testing Experts
APT Sound Testing has a large amount of experience in the provision of BREEAM Indoor Air Quality Testing services. This ensures we are able to address all elements of Hea 02 ‘Indoor Air Quality. We have supported a wide range of BREEAM projects within the commercial and industrial sectors. These have included hospitals, health centres, laboratories.
Please get in touch with a member of our engineering team today at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01525 303905 to find out more about how we can help with the indoor air quality testing aspect of your BREEAM development or visit our case studies to review recently completed projects such as The Annexe (Imperial War Museum) and The Heals Building in Central London.