The ambition: BREEAM-NL Excellent
The bar was set high in terms of BREEAM for this ambitious real estate project in Deventer. The goal was to achieve BREEAM-NL Excellent certification. We, along with the stakeholders, explored the potential credits we could obtain for this project to achieve a score of over 70% and make BREEAM-NL Excellent certification possible. What did we find? The contribution of credit HEA 02 Emissions of Building Products and Finishing Materials with an Exemplary Performance (EP) point of 1% towards the total score gave us the confidence that we can achieve BREEAM-NL Excellent. The choice of building products and finishing materials plays a crucial role here. Let's get to work!
Setting requirements for building products and finishing materials
For HEA 02 emissions of building products and finishing materials, you must ensure that at least four of the five included material groups meet the specified requirements for the interior. To achieve the EP point, you must adhere to even stricter guidelines. The described material groups are:
- Interior paint and varnishes*
- Wood-based panel materials
- Floor finishes*
- Suspended ceilings* (partition walls plus acoustic and insulation materials)
- Adhesives and sealants, including floor adhesives*
*Applied in the PLUS project
Maintaining Look & Feel while making sustainability improvements
PLUS has multiple logistics locations. Their desire? That we preserve their own consistent Look & Feel (think of brand-specific interior details) while also meeting the requirements of HEA 02 EP. As a team, we are eager to take on this challenge.
However, the list of suitable suppliers we could work with became significantly shorter due to the requirements. We observed that many suppliers were still relying on HEA 09 from BRL 2014, the predecessor of HEA 02 BRL 2020, and therefore (not yet) meeting the new, stricter requirements. Thus, they could not provide certified products and materials (yet). We are proud that we were still able to meet PLUS's requirements to the maximum extent, despite this.