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What is BREEEAM?

BREEAM stands for Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method. BREEAM is a global, leading sustainability assessment method that is used to set standards for the environmental performance of buildings throughout the design, specification, construction and operation phases. The assessment can be applied to new developments or refurbishment schemes.

BREEAM evaluates buildings against a range of performance benchmark targets in a variety of categories:

  • Water
  • Energy
  • Land use and ecology
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Pollution
  • Transport
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Management


Why is BREEAM important?


BREEAM provides clients, developers, designers and others with:


  • Market recognition for low environmental impact buildings
  • Assurance that best environmental practice is incorporated into a building
  • Inspiration to find innovative solutions that minimise the environmental impact
  • A benchmark that is higher than regulation
  • A tool to help reduce running costs, improve working and living environments
  • A standard that demonstrates progress towards corporate and organisational environmental objectives


BREEAM addresses wide-ranging environmental and sustainability issues and enables developers and designers to prove the environmental credentials of their buildings to planners and clients. It:


  • Uses a straightforward scoring system that is transparent, easy to understand and supported by evidence-based research
  • Has a positive influence on the design, construction and management of buildings
  • Sets and maintains a robust technical standard with rigorous quality assurance and certification


What criteria and credits apply to water?

The BREEAM assessment carries four criteria that relate specifically to water. A summary of these criteria, and the credits available if they are complied with, are:


BREEAM WAT 01 water consumption
  • Up to five credits - ‘water consumption (litres/person/day) for the assessed building is compared against a baseline performance’
BREEAM WAT02 water monitoring
  • One credit – ‘leak detection system capable of detecting a major water leak on the mains water supply within the building and between the building and the utilities water meter’
BREEAM WAT 03 water leak detection
  • One credit – ‘detecting a major water leak on the mains water supply within the building and between the building and the utilities water meter’
  • One credit – ‘flow control device is fitted to each WC area/facility to ensure water is supplied only when needed’
Breeam WAT 04 water efficient equipment
  • One credit – ‘detecting a major water leak on the mains water supply within the building and between the building and the utilities water meter’
  • One credit – ‘flow control device is fitted to each WC area/facility to ensure water is supplied only when needed’


How can Aqualeak help you meet these criteria?

Aqualeak played a significant role in the development of the BREAAM leak detection criteria when the standards were originally drafted. As a result, Aqualeak has an excellent understanding of how its technology can help its customers comply with the BREAAM assessment method.

Today, Aqualeak offers a range of BREEAM-compliant products and systems. Further details of these can be found here.    

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