BREEAM Air Monitoring
Air quality within and around buildings, particularly relating to the health and comfort of occupants, is proving a growing concern for business and home owners in the UK.
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) impacts on health depend on potential exposure to a variety of pollutants and their concentrations in the air, as well as toxicity.
BREEAM Air Monitoring Services
These concerns have been addressed within BREEAM, with the introduction of a section recognising and encouraging a healthy internal environment through the specification and installation of appropriate ventilation, equipment and finishes, with credits available for achieving these aims. The Assessment Criteria under BREEAM Health & Wellbeing Hea 02 – Indoor Air Quality are split into three parts with up to three credits obtained for minimising sources of air pollution.
REC’s Air Quality Consultants can assist you in obtaining credits for undertaking measurements (post construction but pre occupancy) of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and formaldehyde concentrations from within rooms for comparison with the set limit values. Monitoring is undertaken in accordance with the following standards:
- BS EN ISO 16000-4: 2004 Diffusive sampling of formaldehyde in air
- EN ISO 16000-6: 2011 VOCs in air by active sampling
- BS EN 16017-2: 2003 VOCs – Indoor, ambient and workplace air by passive sampling
- BS EN ISO 16000-3: 2001 formaldehyde and other carbonyls in air by pumped sampling
Your Local BREEAM Air Monitoring Experts
REC also undertakes a wide range of indoor air quality monitoring covering potential temperature and humidity issues (comfort, dry eyes), as well as sampling for a wide range of potential pollutants in the office environment including ozone, carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), dusts and solvents.