BREEAM is the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for master planning projects, infrastructure and buildings. It recognises and reflects the value in higher performing assets across the built environment lifecycle, from new construction to in-use and refurbishment.

Essentially in the world of acoustics, it is an environmental assessment method for rating and certifying the performance of a wide range of building types. As part of the scheme, credits are achieved by meeting acoustic requirements, with the requirements varying depending on the development type.

Typically acoustic performance is addressed in the Health and Well-being section (Hea 05) of the document. To view Hea 05, click here.

The guidance defines:

  • external sources of noise impacting the chosen site (roads, rail, aircraft & industry)
  • general arrangements of the and its site layout.
  • Performance requirements for good building acoustics to include the internal and external facade of a building.

BREEAM can be considered forecourts, data centres, primary schools, secondary schools, university buildings, hospitals and primary care facilities, industrial buildings, residential, offices and retail developments.

If you require your building designed or tested to BREEAM acoustic standards, ICAN Acoustics are well-positioned to provide you with expert advice.

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Diarmuid Keaney and Minister Eoghan Murphy