Certified thermal details and products scheme
BRE is an independent, research-based consultancy, testing and training organisation. BRE Global is an independent third party approvals body offering certification of fire, security and sustainability products and services.
On 31 July 2015, BRE Global launched a Certified Thermal Details and Products Scheme which aims to reduce the level of thermal bridging which can account for as much as 30% of a dwelling’s overall heat losses.
The scheme will provide independent, third party assessment and certification of the designed thermal performance of:
- Building junction details.
- Opening products such as windows, doors and rooflights.
- Major building elements such as walls, roofs and floors.
Assessments of details or products will be carried out by BRE and the approved product or detail will then be uploaded to an online database providing free access for manufacturers, suppliers, specifiers and designers. Certification will give users confidence about the performance of details and products demonstrating that they meet the required standards.
The scheme database will be accessible in Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) 2016 software so that certified details can be used for assessments of energy performance.
The scheme will also be recognised within the Home Quality Mark, a voluntary scheme intended to influence the way consumers choose homes to buy or rent, giving them confidence that they are choosing a well built, cost-effective home. Homes built to the Home Quality Mark are independently evaluated by a licensed BRE Global assessor using a 5-star rating system indicating the overall expected costs, health and wellbeing benefits, and environmental footprint associated with living in the home.
BRE Scheme Technical Manager Graeme Hannah said, ‘The new scheme is a significant step forward in tackling an important issue within building performance that is often overlooked. The development of Government Accredited Construction details was a good starting point, and we are aiming to build on this by providing the industry with a wider range of accurate and independently assessed, readily accessible and searchable performance values in which they can have confidence...’
Managing Director of BRE Global Richard Hardy said, ‘Tougher legislation, rising energy prices and the introduction of the green finance mechanisms have encouraged increased use of insulation in walls, roofs and floors which is a positive step towards reducing heat losses. Now we need to ensure that the increased levels of insulation give the best return on investment by reducing the incidence of heat escaping through thermal bridges and ensuring that damp and mould do not occur.’
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