BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is a method of assessing the environmental impact of a building. It is a credit based system where credits are awarded to a development that demonstrates the implementation of best practice principles of sustainable design. Depending on the number of credits achieved, a building may be awarded a rating of 'pass', 'good', 'very good' or excellent'. Any type of building, new or refurbished, may be assessed in accordance with BREEAM although residential buildings are assessed to the Code of Sustainable Homes (CSH).
It is becoming increasingly common for Local Planning Authorities (LPAs), who face a statutory requirement to contribute to the sustainable development of their local areas, to specify a minimum BREEAM rating as a planning condition for new developments.
Obtaining BREEAM credits can be challenging and often there are competing objectives in terms of design and acoustic performance. The Miller Goodall team has a wealth of experience in the design of sustainable buildings to achieve the credits available for acoustics under BREEAM. We are registered under the Association of Noise Consultants Registration Scheme and therefore comply with the BREEAM definition for Suitably Qualified Acousticians. In addition, we have experience of providing advice and completing assessments under BREEAM for a number of projects.