(4 credits available)
To ensure building users have appropriate access to amenities near to the asset, consequently reducing transport-related impacts.
Is the asset within walking distance of amenities?
|Credits||Answer||Select a single answer|
|0||A||Question not answered|
|1||B||2 amenities are within 1km of the asset via a safe pedestrian route|
|2||C||2 amenities are within 500m of the asset via a safe pedestrian route|
|2||D||4 amenities are within 1km of the asset via a safe pedestrian route|
|4||E||4 amenities are within 500m of the asset via a safe pedestrian route|
|0||F||None of the above|
|Criterion||Assessment criteria||Applicable answer|
|1||All amenities listed must be open during employee working hours.||B-E|
|2||The distance must be measured via safe pedestrian routes and not be measured in a straight line.||B-E|
Note: each amenity type can only be counted once.
|-||The evidence below is not exhaustive, please also refer to the ‘BREEAM evidential requirements’ section in the scope of the Guidance for appropriate evidence types which can be used to demonstrate compliance.|
Where amenities listed are external to the asset:
Where amenities listed are contained within the asset:
Access to an outdoor open space (public or private, suitably sized and accessible to building users):
A space that enables building users to take an appropriate break from internal building activities, for example, an office building would benefit from a space to sit outside and have lunch. These spaces will need to be suitably sized to ensure that the space supports a reasonable number of building users associated with the project and should not form a part of the public highway.
Access to a recreation or leisure facility:
A facility that will allow building users to exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This could include a local leisure centre, tennis courts, an on-site gym or, for a school, a local playground.
Access to cash:
Access to cash should be available to the building users at all relevant times of the day. This should not require a prior purchase of goods and should provide access to other services, such as checking account balances. An ATM inside a building would be acceptable provided that its opening hours are similar to those of the assessed building, regardless of whether there is a nominal charge for the service. Cash-back from the till in a retail outlet is not compliant.
Appropriate food outlet:
A means of accessing a food supply that is affordable to the majority of the building's users, as well as being appropriate for their day-to-day needs. For example, a small office building would benefit from having a small shop selling sandwiches or snacks or a residential institution would benefit from having a restaurant in the local area.
Childcare or school:
The intention of this amenity is to provide child support for potential building users; this could include a nursery, child minding facilities or a school local to the development. A school cannot be considered an amenity to a BREEAM assessment of the same school.
An internal space that is inclusive to the majority of building users who will occupy the assessed building or development. The facility will serve to facilitate community activities for the assessed building and its users. For example, or a residential institution this could be a community hall or for an office building it could be a public house.
Employee working hours:
Where shift patterns see the majority of building users (over 80%) working within the asset. For example, for an office building where the majority of office workers arrive between 08.00-10.00 and leave between 16.00-18.00, the amenities should be open between 08:00-18:00.
Safe pedestrian routes:
These include, but are not limited to, pavements and safe crossing points or, where provided, dedicated pedestrian crossing points. An element of Assessor judgement is required and if in doubt, their justification of safe crossing points should be provided.
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