Last edited 12 Nov 2020

BREEAM Indoor air quality plan


[edit] Aim and benefits

To recognise and encourage a healthy internal environment through the specification and installation of appropriate ventilation, equipment and finishes.

Poor indoor air quality is linked to health deterioration, and so this issue seeks to minimise sources of pollution and optimise indoor air quality.

There are many pollutants present inside buildings and the materials used to construct them. Of particular concern are volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions and formaldehyde as these are known to cause cancer in animals.

Indoor Air Quality Plans (IAQP) should be produced to manage the contaminants within new buildings and provide information about:

By specifying materials in accordance with the plan and flushing out the pollutants from the construction process sufficiently prior to building occupation, it is possible to provide healthier work and living spaces, reducing the potential for indoor air pollution and supporting the physical health of building occupants.

[edit] When to consider

Fully fitted out buildings: As early as possible. The objectives of the Plan should be used in the ventilation strategy, so it is best to prepare them prior to RIBA stage 2 to feed into HVAC design and complete them prior to Detailed Design Stage (RIBA Stage 3 freeze) so that architects can implement into their specifications.

Shell and Core and Simple Buildings Projects – N/A

[edit] Step-by-step guidance


Design Stage:

[edit] Questions to ask while seeking compliance

Who is writing the indoor air quality plan?

[edit] Tools and resources

[edit] Tips and best practice


Best practice:

[edit] Typical evidence

Compliant Indoor Air Quality Plan - Typically you will receive a written report as an “Indoor Air Quality Plan”, however any form of evidence which complies with the BREEAM evidence principals would be acceptable for this purpose.

It may be helpful to provide clients with a template report, which contains each of the headings required. An example of this can be found in Tools and Resources.

[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.

This document was originally created on 10/01/18 in a collaboration of the following BREEAM Professionals: Jane Morning, Cat Clarkson, Azita Dezfouli, Rebecca Day, Joe Hodgkinson and Tom Abbott

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

--Multiple Author Article 21:55, 21 Apr 2018 (BST)

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