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BREEAM Environmental Rating

APA Products and Achieving a BREEAM Rating Score

The BRE Environmental Assessment Method  (BREEAM) sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design. It provides an environmental assessment method for buildings and communities based on the number of points accredited to a building.

This has become internationally recognised method for rating a building’s environmental performance, ranging from a minimum score with 30 points and an ‘outstanding’ rating requiring 85 points.

APA-trademarked plywood, OSB and LVL products can be included in a building’s overall BREEAM rating when they can demonstrate that they meet specific materials and indoor air quality requirements of EN 13986 and EN 717-1 (test methods).

These include being able to verify they have only the lowest classification level of formaldehyde (E1) and can show the percentage of responsible sourcing materials (RSM) in the product. Manufacturers must also be certified by one of the following schemes:  Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

The British Research Establishment (BRE) and the US Underwriters Laboratories  now recognise each other’s certified EPD making it simpler for APA member mills to gain BREEAM environmental performance ratings.