BREEAM is an effective environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings. It is globally appreciated as a method of assessment and ranking, having certified 250,000 buildings to date and with more than a million further projects registered to be assessed and rated.

BREEAM was introduced in 1990 and it has evolved since then to become recognised as the most reliable, accurate and practical measure of a building’s environmental credentials.

The BREEAM assessment covers the viability of a building’s design, construction and operation and ensures compliance with recognised standards and regulations. The process considers a broad range of relevant factors and credits can be gained for aspects such as energy efficiency, water quality, health and safety, waste allocation, pollution, transport etc.


It has been shown that poor indoor air quality is linked to health deterioration and poor performance of building occupants. For this reason, BREEAM rewards projects that produce an Indoor Air Quality Plan (IAQP) which seeks to minimise sources of pollution and optimise indoor air quality.

A further credit can also be achieved by confirmation that Formaldehyde and Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) concentrations are within BREEAM defined guidelines at the post-construction phase.

The aim is to recognise and encourage a healthy indoor environment through the specification and installation of appropriate ventilation, equipment and construction materials and subsequently, appropriate operation and maintenance.

Air Quality Plan Ltd can prepare the necessary BREEAM Indoor Air Quality Plan documentation and on project completion, can carry out the required indoor air quality testing. We only use our own in-house consultants who have significant experience and training in air quality monitoring.

It is essential that testing for Formaldehyde and VOCs is done to the exacting standards specified in BREEAM Hea02 which are as follows:

  • BS EN ISO 16000-4:2004 Diffusive sampling of Formaldehyde in air
  • BS EN ISO 16000-6: VOCs in air by active sampling
  • BS EN ISO 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
  • Tests must be analysed in a UKAS accredited laboratory.

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Case Studies

Case Study One

John Lewis Distribution Centre
Magna Park, Milton Keynes, UK

Case Study Two

HM Prison Cookham Wood
Rochester, Kent, UK

Case Study Three

The University of Nottingham
Nottingham, UK

Case Study Four

Belfast City Hospital
Belfast, Northern Ireland