BREEAM extends coverage of VOC schemes to a number of European-based schemes
In September 2015, BRE announced that it had extended recognition of third party certification schemes for demonstrating compliance with the BREEAM criteria for volatile organic compound (VOC) emission levels with approval of a number of European-based schemes, including the Eurofins Indoor Air Comfort and Indoor Air Comfort GOLD scheme. This followed the earlier approval of North American-based schemes from SCS Global Services Ltd and UL LLC.
This additional means of compliance is applicable to the following current BREEAM schemes:
- BREEAM International: New Construction 2013 (Hea 02) & Non-Domestic Refurbishment and Fit-out 2015 (Hea 02)
- BREEAM UK: New Construction 2014 (Hea 02), Domestic Refurbishment 2014 (Hea 03) & Non-Domestic Refurbishment and Fit-out 2014 (Hea 02)
It can also be applied retrospectively to superseded versions of these schemes that include similar VOC criteria.
Alan Yates, Technical Director for BREEAM said, “This is a further move to recognising additional certification schemes which address the important issue of VOCs in construction and fit-out products. We are pleased to recognise these European schemes that increases BREEAM’s international coverage and applicability in this area”
Soren Junker Nielsen, General Manager of Eurofins Product Testing A/S said “The inclusion of the Indoor Air Comfort certification in the list of third party certification schemes that are accepted by BREEAM to show compliance with the BREEAM criteria on VOC levels demonstrates the ambition of BREEAM to make use of existing state-of-art programmes, and to ease life for building planners to identify compliant products. We also welcome the acceptance of other European schemes such as the EMICODE, M1 and AgBB"
A full listing of the third party schemes currently recognised by BREEAM can be found in Guidance Note GN 22: BREEAM Recognised Schemes for VOC Emissions from Building Products available from the Resources section of the BREEAM website.
Featured articles and news
Find out about the different types of delays on construction projects.
Researchers at Wien university have developed new system to create an inflatable concrete structure.
ICE responds to the first consultation on the government's industrial strategy post-Brexit.
Take a look at this newly-opened tower in Chicago with a remarkable 20:1 height-to-base ratio.
An Arc de Triomphe for the late-20th century, the La Grande Arche of Paris.
Richard Hayward of Legrand asks whether technology could help developers meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population.
Thomas Heatherwick's ambitious steel structure begins construction.
The principles, practice and formwork of one of the most important components of modern architecture.
New report claims that inappropriate standards and regulations are holding back the use of composites.
The global smart homes and smart light commercial market will grow fastest in the UK.