The international BREEAM® ES Vivienda certificate for sustainable construction has updated its technical manual in Spain which, exceeding the requirements set by the different national regulations, provides technical guidance to assessors who evaluate the sustainability of buildings by introducing new approaches and new indicators, such as circularity. or life cycle of the building, thus allowing to analyze more aspects than in the previous version of 2011.
This new version of the manual is the result of BREEAM® ES commitment to improve and update its evaluation standards, which translates into more sustainable and better-built homes. BREEAM ES Vivienda 2020 incorporates best environmental practices during the planning, design, construction and operation of the building and the site, providing innovative and profitable solutions to minimize their environmental impact. At the same time it seeks to create awareness among owners, occupants, designers and operators about the benefits and value of buildings that have a reduced impact on the environment.
The BREEAM® ES Vivienda 2020 Manual includes 47 requirements grouped into 9 major categories. On the one hand, Management is a totally renewed category that seeks to promote innovative practices not only during construction (as in the 2011 Manual) but also encompassing the design, commissioning of the facilities and delivery. For its part, the Health and Well-being category focuses on the health and well-being of the occupants where new concepts appear such as indoor air quality, accessibility to the building, reducing the risk of water pollution, promoting spaces where people feel safe, reducing harmful products for pool users or guaranteeing good levels of digital connectivity.
The Energy category requirements focus on evaluating measures to improve the building’s inherent energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and enable efficient management during the building’s operation. As a novelty, modeling is required taking into account best practice specifications defined by BREEAM® ES and external control of the energy efficiency certification and the promotion of a low-carbon design that helps reduce energy consumption of the building and carbon emissions.
Transport is analyzed through a category that seeks to promote the use of sustainable means, that is, public transport and other alternative solutions for the users of the building with the creation of a Mobility Plan linked to the building. It is a category that rewards solutions that promote reductions in trips by private vehicle. The sustainable use of water is also promoted through a specific category that focuses on identifying ways to reduce drinking water consumption and minimize water losses due to leaks.
BREEAM® ES also rewards the promotion of Materials that reduce the environmental and social impact of construction products and encourages the reduction of Waste during construction and during the entire useful life of the building, also incorporating new requirements that seek to increase resilience and adaptability of the building to climate change.
In the same way, the Sustainable Use of the Land, the protection of its biodiversity and the creation of new habitats are promoted. To address the prevention and control of pollution and surface waters. Other novelties that the new manual contemplates is the Attenuation of Noise derived from the fixed installations of the building that affect nearby buildings sensitive to noise.