BREEAM Thermal comfort
 Aim and benefits
To make sure buildings users are warm enough in the winter, cool enough in the summer, and can have control over their own heating.
(In UK NC 2014) There are 3 credits:
- Is your building cool enough in the summer and warm enough in the winter?
- In the future with climate change, will your building still be thermally comfortable?
- Have you got thermal zones and controls so building users can control their own thermal comfort?
 When to consider
See Step by step guidance below for some guidance on actions with regards to the RIBA timeline.
 Step by step guidance
Is your building comfort cooled? If yes, you should achieve credits 1 and 2, as long as your system is sized OK.
Is your building mechanically ventilated? If yes, you’ll probably achieve the credits. Is your building fully naturally ventilated? If yes, you should achieve the first credit, but the climate change one will be really tricky.
There’s no excuse in this day and age for not achieving the 3rd credit. Note, in a school situation, it might only be that FM can control the heating/cooling so that kids don’t keep changing TRVs etc. In retail buildings/prisons etc the credit only refers to staff controlling temperature.
- the type of people that will use the building
- how au fait they will be with the different types of equipment
- how often they’ll be using the spaces and what the spaces will be used for
- How do individuals want to interact with heating/cooling controls?
- How can you balance different peoples’ requirements?
- How will the systems interact with each other?
- Does there need to be an override so systems aren’t used totally inefficiently?
If you’re working for an M&E sub contractor you may need to produce a markup of an as built drawing showing the zones and controls. You may also have to confirm formally that there have been no changes to the design which would affect the overheating risk, or make the building too cold in the winter. The BREEAM assessor will take a bunch of photos of the site showing that there are heating and cooling systems as per the design.
 Questions to ask while seeking compliance
What is the thermal comfort criteria?
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 Tips and best practice
Don't forget winter time thermal comfort
TM52 isn’t a limiting stop. A building won’t necessarily be comfortable because you met TM52. Try not to let the thermal zoning exercise feel like “something you just have to do for BREEAM” – control strategies are a really important part of soft landings and trying to reduce the performance gap
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 Typical evidence
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 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.
- (eg) International New Construction 2016
--Sarah Peterson 15:39, 20 Feb 2018 (BST)
Issue support documents
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Issue support documents are written for named BREEAM Issues or sub-issues. More info. (ac) = awaiting content
- BREEAM Sustainability champion
- BREEAM Environmental management
- BREEAM Considerate construction
- BREEAM Monitoring of construction site impacts
- BREEAM Aftercare support
- BREEAM Seasonal commissioning
- BREEAM Life cycle cost and service life planning
- BREEAM Stakeholder consultation (ac)
- BREEAM Commissioning (ac)
- BREEAM Handover (ac)
- BREEAM Inclusive and accessible design (ac)
- BREEAM Post occupancy evaluation (ac)
 Health and Wellbeing
- BREEAM Visual comfort Daylighting (partly ac)
- BREEAM Visual comfort View out
- BREEAM Visual comfort Glare control
- BREEAM Indoor air quality plan
- BREEAM Indoor air quality Ventilation
- BREEAM Thermal comfort
- BREEAM Internal and external lighting (ac)
- BREEAM Indoor pollutants VOCs (ac)
- BREEAM Potential for natural ventilation (ac)
- BREEAM Safe containment in laboratories (ac)
- BREEAM Acoustic performance (ac)
- BREEAM Safety and security (ac)
- BREEAM Reduction of energy use and carbon emissions
- BREEAM Energy monitoring
- BREEAM External lighting (ac)
- BREEAM Low carbon design
- BREEAM Passive design
- BREEAM Free cooling
- BREEAM LZC technologies
- BREEAM Energy efficient cold storage (partly ac)
- BREEAM Energy efficient transportation systems (ac)
- BREEAM Energy efficient laboratory systems
- BREEAM Energy efficient equipment (partly ac)
- BREEAM Drying space
- BREEAM Public transport accessibility
- BREEAM Proximity to amenities (ac)
- BREEAM Cyclist facilities
- BREEAM Alternative modes of transport (ac)
- BREEAM Maximum car parking capacity
- BREEAM Travel plan
- BREEAM Home office (ac)
- BREEAM Water consumption
- BREEAM Water efficient equipment
- BREEAM Water monitoring (ac)
- BREEAM Water leak detection (ac)
- BREEAM Hard landscaping and boundary protection
- BREEAM Responsible sourcing of materials
- BREEAM Insulation
- BREEAM Designing for durability and resilience
- BREEAM Life cycle impacts (ac)
- BREEAM Material efficiency (ac)
- BREEAM Construction waste management
- BREEAM Recycled aggregates
- BREEAM Speculative floor & ceiling finishes
- BREEAM Adaptation to climate change
- BREEAM Operational waste (ac)
- BREEAM Functional adaptability (ac)
 Land Use and Ecology
- BREEAM Site Selection
- BREEAM Ecological value of site
- BREEAM Protection of ecological features
- BREEAM Minimising impact on existing site ecology
- BREEAM Enhancing site ecology
- BREEAM Long term impact on biodiversity (ac)
- BREEAM Impact of refrigerants
- BREEAM NOx emissions
- BREEAM Flood risk management (ac)
- BREEAM Surface water run-off (ac)
- BREEAM Reduction of night time light pollution (partly ac)
- BREEAM Reduction of noise pollution
Once an ISD has been initially created the '(ac)' marker can be removed
This particular index is based around the structure of the New Construction and RFO schemes.