(4 credits available)
To reduce local air pollution by using no or low emission heating and hot water systems in the asset.
Do the asset’s heating and hot water systems generate local emissions of nitrogen oxides, particulate matter or volatile organic compounds?
|Credits||Answer||Select a single answer option|
|0||A||Question not answered|
|0||B||Yes, emissions from combustion appliance(s) exceed the limits in Table 23|
|1||C||Yes, emissions from biomass or solid fuel combustion appliance(s) comply with the limits in Table 23|
|2||D||Yes, emissions from oil combustion appliance(s) comply with the limits in Table 23|
|3||E||Yes, emissions from gas combustion appliance(s) comply with the limits in Table 23|
|4||F||No, all heating and hot water is supplied by non-combustion system(s), e.g. powered by electricity|
|Criterion||Assessment criteria||Applicable answer|
Where the asset is connected to a district heating system that is outside the control of the building owner or manager, this issue can be filtered out of the assessment.
|2||Credits are awarded where emissions from the asset’s combustion appliance(s), that provide space heating and domestic hot water to the asset, do not exceed the limits set in Table 23.||B-E|
The emission limits in Table 23 use the following units of measurement:
To demonstrate compliance with the emission limits, emission measurement information must be provided by the appliance(s) manufacturer(s). Where emission information is not available in these units of measurement, the correct information must be obtained from the appliance manufacturer.
|4||Where multiple appliances are installed, credits are awarded based on the worst performing appliance. This applies whether the systems use the same fuel or different fuels. E.g. a building uses a biomass boiler for heating and a gas-fuelled boiler for hot water. If both boilers meet the emission levels in Table 23 one credit can be awarded, because assessment is based on the biomass boiler.||B-F|
|5||Back-up space or water heating appliances can be excluded from assessment. This is on the basis that these appliances will only be used in emergencies, so their impact will be limited.||B-F|
|6||No credits may be awarded if any combustion appliances are not covered in Table 23 (e.g. open fronted heaters, or open flue heaters not fitted with nonreturn valves) or if any do not meet the emission levels stated in Table 23.||B-E|
|7||Where a project is connected to a district heating system that is outside the control of the building owner or manager, the system does not need to be assessed. Where the building owner or manager does have control over the system, then it must be assessed.||B-F|
Checklists and Tables
Table 23: Emissions limit for combustion appliance
|-||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.|
|All||Copy of manufacturer’s details for installed appliance(s) and their emissions levels.|
|All||Photographic evidence of heating and hot water system(s).|
The emission limits and measurement units are based on the requirements of the European Union Ecodesign Directive (2009/125/EC) and its associated regulations for energy-related products. These set performance requirements for combustion-powered heating systems and requires manufacturers to publish the NOₓ, particulate matter and VOC emission levels for their products.
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