Last edited 20 Dec 2020

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Tom Blois-Brooke Engineer Website

BREEAM Drying space


[edit] Aim and benefits

The aim of this credit is to allow residents a space to dry clothes which is not energy intensive (tumble drying), and does not cause damp in the home.

This issue offers the following potential benefits to end users and clients:

[edit] When to consider

During RIBA Stage 2, establish whether drying space in individual residences is more appropriate, or a communal drying area.

If a communal drying area is suggested, allow sufficient space in the concept design.

Drying spaces in residences can be considered relatively late on in the process, around RIBA Stage 3 to 4, as there are very space efficient methods of achieving the credit, so premium space is not necessarily required.

[edit] Step by step guidance

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[edit] Questions to ask while seeking compliance

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[edit] Tools and resources

Ideas for alternative styles of drying rack to typical solution:

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[edit] Tips and best practice

Often clients do not particularly want to include drying space. This is because the standard solution (a pull out rack over a bath) isn't the most attractive of options. It may be that you need to remind the client of what the purpose of this credit is, and perhaps suggest alternative drying rack options which still meet the aims of the credit but meet the aesthetic of the property better.

[edit] Typical evidence

[edit] Design Stage

[edit] Individual drying space:

[edit] Communal drying space:

[edit] Post Construction Stage

[edit] Applicable Schemes

The guidelines collated in this ISD aim to support sustainable best practice in the topic described. This issue may apply in multiple BREEAM schemes covering different stages in the life of a building, different building types and different year versions. Some content may be generic but scheme nuances should also be taken into account. Refer to the comments below and related articles to this one to understand these nuances. See this document for further guidelines.

BRE Global does not endorse any of the content posted and use of the content will not guarantee the meeting of certification criteria.

--Tom Blois-Brooke 16:45, 01 Jul 2019 (BST)

--Multiple Author Article 21:59, 21 Apr 2018 (BST)

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