What is BREEAM?22nd May 2018
With virgin aggregates and natural resources plummeting at a frightening rate and environmental targets for construction projects becoming more common, ensuring schemes are developed and built for a sustainable future has never been more important – a cause BREEAM have always been passionate about.
Launched in 1990 and recognised internationally, BREEAM is the ‘world’s leading sustainability assessment method for all master planning projects, infrastructure and buildings’.
BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environment Assessment Method) ‘recognises and reflects the value in higher performing assets across the built environment lifecycle’ and uses independent third parties to evaluate a scheme’s environment, social and economic performance.
With a desire to protect natural resources, BREEAM has a number of sustainability goals every project should strive and work towards and provides guidance and assistance on how to achieve the targets set out.
With evidence that ‘BREEAM certified developments are more sustainable and enhance the wellbeing of the people who live and work in them’, it is unsurprising that achieving a BREEAM certification is high on the list of priorities for architects and designers.
BREEAM assessments take place at any stage of a project and are carried out by independent and licenced BREEAM assessors. The impartial surveyors measure sustainability across a number of categories to ensure a project meets the quality and performance standards of the BREEAM scheme.
These categories were developed to reflect some of today’s most important issues such as carbon emissions, durability and adaption to climate change. If an assessor believes a project has met one of BREEAM’s goals, they are rewarded with credits. Once the project has completed, all credits are added together to award the project with its overall certification. The stars featured on the certificate (1 star for a Pass – 5 stars for Outstanding) reflect the performance achieved by the project and provides reassurance to customers, clients, users and stakeholders that the project is one of quality and value.
The areas in which BREEAM assess sustainability include energy, health and wellbeing, innovation, land use, management, pollution, transport, waste, water and materials – it is the latter where UltraScape can help you make a difference.
UltraScape understands the importance of sustainable building solutions and that is why all product development is geared around delivering sustainable solutions for today’s BREEAM requirements. They are constantly investing in research to continuously reduce their use of raw materials by testing new recycled materials.
With this in mind, UltraScape’s team of technical experts enhanced the formulation of their world renowned bedding mortar, Pro-Bed HS, and flowable grout, Flowpoint, to create Pro-Bed HS ECO and Flowpoint ECO – mortar paving products with a difference!
Launched over 20 years ago, Pro-Bed HS ECO and Flowpoint ECO have each been tested by an independent UKAS accredited laboratory and are proven to exceed the strict requirements set out in British Standard 7533. What’s more, both products contain 20% recycled material which means that for every 1,000m² of paving bedded and jointed using Pro-Bed HS ECO and Flowpoint ECO, 12 tonnes of recycled material will be used (based on 30mm bed depth, 10mm joint width and stone size of 600 x 400 x 50mm). This vastly reduces the use of virgin aggregates and helps towards achieving an Outstanding BREEAM certification.
The benefits of using UltraScape Pro-Bed HS ECO and Flowpoint ECO don’t stop there. Discover why you should use UltraScape’s BS 7533 Mortar Paving System on your next project.
For further information on BREEAM and how UltraScape can help you achieve this prestigious certification, please contact UltraScape’s team of technical experts by email or by calling 01827 254402.