Insulated panels and achieving BREEAM ratings
Insulated panel systems can help achieve BREEAM ratings of Excellent, or even Outstanding, primarily through the reduction of CO2 emissions. They do this by providing a highly energy efficient building envelope in terms of both insulation and airtightness. Panels are available which can achieve U-values as low as 0.16 W/m2.K, with excellent insulation continuity and minimal cold bridging also contributing to the overall thermal performance.
Another key element is the very low level of air leakage that can be achieved – factory engineered joints make sure that an air tightness of 5m3/hr/m2 or better is commonplace, whilst figures lower than 2m3/hr/m2 have also been achieved.
These attributes can provide an excellent starting point for the long term conservation of energy and the achievement of optimum BREEAM credits, with the assurance of a durable, high performing building envelope.
What is BREEAM?
The Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method, or BREEAM, is one of the most fully developed and widely used environmental assessment tools for buildings in the world. It takes building design and construction performance above and beyond the regulatory requirements to provide a widely recognised benchmark of sustainable best practice.
The aims behind BREEAM are to provide recognition of that best practice, to encourage design that reduces the impact of buildings on the environment, and to raise awareness of and facilitate more sustainable lifestyles. BREEAM ratings therefore represent highly regarded third party accreditation of construction standards.