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Indoor Air Quality Plan


Do you want your project to be certified to BREEAM HEA 02 standard?
If so, you will need a BREEAM indoor air quality plan (IAQP).
IAQPs encourage a healthy internal environment through the specification of appropriate ventilation, materials and maintenance protocols. The plans are used for public and commercial buildings and are a requirement for BREEAM HEA 02. 
The key components of a good IAQP include the following:

A good IAQP should:


Describe the ventilation system design and its capacity to provide adequate fresh air to building occupants, and include details about ventilation rates and strategies for maintaining indoor air quality.

Indoor Air Quality Control

Discuss measures in place to control indoor air pollutants, such as particulate matter, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and other potential contaminants. This may involve specifying low-VOC materials and ensuring proper maintenance of HVAC systems.

Materials Selection 

Identify building materials and finishes that meet low-emission standards. These materials release fewer VOCs and other harmful compounds into the indoor air. You should provide a list of materials and products that comply with the relevant standards.

Monitoring & Testing 

Describe the strategies for monitoring and testing indoor air quality regularly. This may involve periodic assessments of pollutant levels and ensure that they remain within acceptable limits.

Maintenance Procedures

Include details on how the building's HVAC and air filtration systems will be maintained to ensure their efficiency in controlling indoor air quality.

Occupant Education

Explain how building occupants will be educated on maintaining good indoor air quality. This can include guidance on not introducing pollutants like smoking or excessive use of volatile chemicals.

Exposure Control

Describe measures in place to control occupant exposure to outdoor pollutants, especially in areas with high outdoor pollution levels. This could involve air filtration or building design strategies.


Maintain records of materials used, HVAC system maintenance schedules, air quality testing results, and other relevant documentation. These records can be used for BREEAM assessments and certification.

Compliance with Standards

Ensure that the indoor air quality air quality plan complies with BREEAM's air quality standards and any relevant local regulations or standards.

Post-Occupancy Assessment

Include plans for conducting post-occupancy assessments to evaluate whether the building's air quality management strategies are effective and to make any necessary adjustments.

With ARM Environments, you work with an experienced air quality consultant who can help tailor the indoor air quality plan to the specific project and its requirements while ensuring compliance with BREEAM standards.

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