BREEAM USA In-Use Guideline

BREEAM USA currently focuses on In-Use assessments for existing buildings (BREEAM In-Use). There are no pre-requisites and begins by performing a self-assessment with an unverified score to help create an action plan. Since BREEAM USA In-use focuses on performance and management of existing buildings, renovation projects are a big part of the rating system. The rating systems is made up of three sections and mostly sections refer to facility operations and policies and are not relevant to product use.
 

But if you’re making upgrades to the building envelope on your BREEAM renovation project then review the guide below to understand how Kawneer products can help contribute to the project.

 

Category
Potential Points
Requirements
Kawneer Products + Services
ASSET PERFORMANCE
Health and Wellbeing

         33 + 75

 
HEA 01 - Glazing
To ensure building users have access to sufficient daylight.
2
What percentage of the building envelope is glazed?
0 - <1%
1 - >1% to <=10%
2 - >10%
Glazed areas include roof lights that let daylight pass directly into the building.
HEA 03 - Thermal control
To recognize the provision of asset temperature controls that allow for independent adjustment of heating/cooling systems.
4
Do occupants of the asset have personal control over the temperature in their work area?
0 - No
1 - Yes, can open windows
2 - yes, can adjust temperature (using thermostat or thermostatic radiator valve)
3 - Yes, can adjust air speed
4 - Yes, can adjust more than one of the above
HEA 04 - Ventilation controls
To recognize the provision of controls allowing comfort level optimization by builidng occupants.
2
Is there a provision for personal control of ventilation for building occupants by enabling them to open windows or modify rates of air supply?
0 - No
2 - Yes
HEA 10 - Inclusive design
To recognize and encourage assets that are functional and inclusive for all its users.
3
Does the asset contain features, beyond those specified by applicable legislations, which enable full use by individuals with disabilities?
0 - No
3 - Yes
HEA 11 - Ventilation requirements
To ensure that ventilation systems within the asset do not circulate air that has the potential to be contaminated with exterior sources of pollution and that re-circulation within the asset is minimized.
2
Does the asset meet the requirements for either natural ventilation or mechanical ventilation as outlined in the Assessment criteria?
0 - No
2 - Yes

For natural ventilation
Operable windows/ventilators within the building are located at least 33 feet from roads, parking lots and other potential sources of pollution, and all extracts are at least 33 feet from any opening to minimize recirculation within the building.
HEA 28 - View out
To enhance wellbeing within the workspace by allowing building occupants to refocus their eyes from close work activities to reduce the risk of eyestrain or dry eyes.
2
Is there a policy or practice in place to ensure that all workstations or desks for building users have an adequate external view out of a window?
0 - No
2 - Yes
Energy

           108

 
ENE 02 - Ventilation strategy
This data is required to generate the asset energy rating.
Calculated based on energy model
What is the ventilation strategy for the building (Natural or Mechanical)?
ENE 03 - Heat loss
This data is required to generate the asset energy rating.

 

Please provide the design u-values of the external walls (Btu/hr ft^2 F)
ENE 04 - Pressure/air leakage test
This data is required to generate the asset energy rating.

 

What is the result of the building pressure/air leakage test?
ENE 18 - Glazing

 

What percentage of the external elevation is glazed?
ENE 30 - Onsite renewables
To understand if renewable energy technologies are being used on site and how much these offset energy requirements for the site.
5
What percentage of the total energy consumption is offset by onsite renewables and renewable micro grids?
0 - There is no onsite or renewable micro grid energy generation
1 - >0% to <5%
2 - >=5% to <10%
3 - >=10% to <15%
4 - >=15% to <20%
Materials

       20 + 26 + 86

 
MAT 05 - Natural hazards
To ensure the asset is protected against the potential impacts of natural hazards.
4
Have emergency plans been developed to deal with threats from all relevant natural hazards?
0 - No
2 - Yes
4 - No, asset is in an area where no risks exist
MAT 10 - Sustainable procurement initiatives
To aim and encourage measures which ensure that environmental impacts associated with the management of the building are minimized by setting environmental standards for procurement of goods and services.
4
What initiatives are included in the scope of the environmental/sustainable procurement policy?
0 - None
1 - Asset owner works with supply chain to reduce environmental impact of procurements
1 - Environmental impacts of materials are taken into account with targets to reduce negative impacts
1 - CO2 emissions arising from transport of materials are taken into account and targets set to reduce CO2 emissions
1 - The asset owner has targets to reduce the consumption of hazardous materials
Category
Potential Points
Requirements
Kawneer Products + Services
BUILDING MANAGEMENT
Management

        46

 
MAN 13 - Building adaptation
To encourage the asset management team to have appropriate strategies/procedures in place that outline possible adaptation to the asset to meet future demands.
4
Is an asset strategy in place that outlines possible adaptation strategies/procedures to meet future demands, including those relating to climate change and changes in functionality?
0 - No
4 - Yes
The scope of the strategy should cover, but is not limited to, the potential for major refurbishment, including replacing the facade.
Health and Wellbeing

        37

 
HEA 18 - VOCs
To recognize and encourage a healthy internal environment through the use of finishes, fittings and cleaning products with reduced/no emissions of VOCs.
2
Is there a strategy/policy in place for minimizing the use of harmful volatile organic compound (VOC) emitting materials/substances?
0 - No
2 - Yes
HEA 20 - Acoustic conditions
To ensure the acoustic performance of the building meets the appropriate best practice standards.
4
Have internal acoustic conditions been monitored by a suitably qualified third part acoustician?
0 - No
2 - Yes
4 - Yes, and all recommendations have been implemented
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