What is BREEAM?
- BREEAM Stands for the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method and is a tool that allows the designers/constructors of buildings to review and improve the environmental performance of a building. It assesses all areas of design and construction to give an overall rating in terms of how green and sustainable a building is.
- BREEAM helps Schools, Offices and residential buildings along with many other types of building to set environmental targets for both new and refurbished buildings.
- The ‘Code for Sustainable Homes’ is the BREEAM assessment method for new residential dwellings, which recently took over from Ecohomes. This either requires that more testing be carried out compared to Part E requirements or that the walls and floors are designed to higher targets such as +3, +5 or +8 when compared to Part E of the Building Regulations.
- BREEAM for offices mainly looks at internal ambient noise levels and noise emissions, whilst BREEAM for schools focuses on Sound insulation, Reverberation, Ambient noise, the impact of rain noise and an increased design targets for music spaces.
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MACH Testing is fully accredited under UKAS, to provide sound insulation testing and air tightness testing nationwide.
MACH Testing is also accredited under the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC). The Association’s pre-completion testing scheme provides accreditation and certification for pre-completion sound testing, meaning that our services are fully compliant with UK building control requirements.
MACH Testing engineers hold accreditation under the Air Tightness Testing and Measurement Association (ATTMA), for provision of air testing services in the UK.