BREEAM is an environmental assessment method for rating and certifying the performance of a wide range of building types, that was first launched in 1990. The New Construction technical guide for non-domestic buildings was published in 2011.
Credits are achieved for meeting acoustic requirements.
Requirements for internal acoustics and performance of the building in noise terms are determined by the useage of the building.
Acoustic performance is contained within the Health and Well-being section (Hea 05) of the document, its purpose being to "ensure the buildings' acoustic performance including sound insulation meet the appropriate standards for its purpose".
External sources of noise impacting the chosen site; site layout and zoning of the building for good acoustics; acoustic requirements for users with special hearing and communication needs; and aAcoustic treatment of different zones and facades should be considered at an early stage.
Courts, Data Centres, Pre-schools, schools and sixth form colleges, Healthcare, Industrial, Residential, Multi-residential, Offices, Prisons and Retail developments are all included.
Noise attenuation under the Pollution section (Pol 05) and aims to "reduce the likelihood of noise arising from fixed installations on the new development affecting nearby noise-sensitive buildings".