BREEAM is the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for masterplanning 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.
BREEAM does this through third party certification of the assessment of an asset’s environmental, social and economic sustainability performance, using standards developed by BRE.
We know that a growing number of clients incorporate a requirement for BREEAM within their specification and procurement processes. The recognition of the importance of environmental responsibility can of course be supported by the commercial kitchen environment. BREEAM is now assessed within non-domestic newly constructed buildings and the refurbishment and fit-out of existing buildings.
Kitchens by their very nature can be perceived as big energy users. A variety of BREEAM categories are applicable when it comes to kitchen equipment and the Mechline product range, including waste management, water consumption and efficiency.
By choosing Mechline products you have the opportunity to contribute to your project’s BREEAM rating. Mechline products can assist in demonstrating compliance to BREEAM ratings when installed and shown to be delivering environmental, comfort or health benefits.
Wat 01 – Water Consumption.
BREEAM Aim: To reduce the consumption of potable water for sanitary use in new buildings through the use of water efficient components and water recycling systems.
Wat 04 – Water Efficient Equipment.
BREEAM Aim: To reduce water consumption for uses not assessed under Wat 01 by encouraging specification of water efficient equipment.
A selection of our water products have WRAS Approval (please take a look at the individual item in the catalogue, which will be identified with the WRAS Approved logo). Although BREEAM does not require equipment to be WRAS Approved, it is a guaranteed indicator that components of the equipment do not adversely affect water quality or cause water wastage.
Suggested product options for compliance:
Mechline offers Electronic Sensor Taps to accompany wash hand basins. The Delabie Tempomatic 4 offers a flow rate of 3 litres per minute, equivalent to water savings of up to 90%
Our AquaJet range of pre-rinse sprays, when fitted with a Fan Blade Gun, or an ECO Gun meet the litre per minute requirements of the BREEAM standard. As an example, the AJPR30 fitted with the optional EcO ‘Super’ Water-Saving Gun offers a 62% reduction in water usage.
The AquaTechnix range of pre-rinse sprays has been designed to meet flow rate requirements of BREEAM compliance. Every pre-rinse spray in the range is supplied with a water saving face plate, reducing flow rates to less than 5 litres per minute to achieve maximum water savings
Water saving diffuser options are also available on the AquaTechnix tap and faucet range to provide significantly reduced flow rates.
Wst 03 – Operational Waste
BREEAM Aim: To encourage the recycling of operational waste through the provision of dedicated storage facilities and space.
The Mechline Waste2O food waste bio-digester can assist in demonstrating compliance for the kitchen’s waste management strategy.
Please visit www.breeam.com to find out more about each rating and the associated assessment criteria. Contact us if you require any supporting evidence in a written format to present during the design or post construction stage for BREEAM Assessment.