Mastering BREEAM España Credits for Projects in Spain

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Written by Patrick Chopson
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When it comes to sustainable building in Spain, BREEAM España is the gold standard. This localized adaptation of the global BREEAM rating system addresses the unique climatic and regulatory conditions of the Spanish landscape. However, meeting its stringent criteria can often be a complex task. analysis.tool simplifies this process by aligning its features with BREEAM España's specific benchmarks. Below, let's dissect how you can achieve these credits in detail.

What is BREEAM España?

BREEAM España is a sustainability certification tailored to Spain's building sector. It evaluates buildings on several categories, from energy efficiency to pollution control.

Core BREEAM España Categories:

  • Energy Efficiency

  • Water Use

  • Health & Well-being

  • Pollution Control

  • Material Selection

  • Waste Management

  • Land Use & Ecology

  • Transport

  • Management

analysis.tool’s Role in BREEAM España Compliance

HEA 01 - Visual Comfort & Daylight

Control of Glare from Sunlight (1 credit)

  • BREEAM Benchmark: Less than 20% of space should receive direct sunlight of 1000 lux or more.

  • analysis.tool Input: Use analysis.tool's Annual Solar Exposure (ASE) analysis to calculate the percentage of space receiving too much direct sunlight.

  • analysis.tool Output: ASE values, percentage of space exceeding 1000 lux.

Daylighting (Up to 2 credits)

  • BREEAM Benchmark: At least 80% of regularly occupied spaces should receive a minimum of 300 lux for annual occupied hours (8am-6pm).

  • analysis.tool Input: Utilize analysis.tool’s Spatial Daylight Autonomy (sDA) feature.

  • analysis.tool Output: sDA values, percentage of space achieving 300 lux.

View Out (1 credit)

  • BREEAM Benchmark: 80% of the workspace should be within a viewing distance to an external window.

  • analysis.tool Input: Use analysis.tool’s view analysis feature.

  • analysis.tool Output: Percentage of workspace within the required viewing distance.

ENE 01 - Reduction of Energy Use and Carbon Emissions

  • BREEAM Benchmark: Achieve at least a 10% reduction in carbon emissions compared to baseline.

  • analysis.tool Input: Use analysis.tool's EnergyPlus engine for detailed energy modeling.

  • analysis.tool Output: Calculated Baseline EUI, EUI target, and percentage reduction in carbon emissions.

WAT 01 - Water Consumption

  • BREEAM Benchmark: Achieve a minimum 20% reduction in water consumption compared to baseline.

  • analysis.tool Input: Utilize analysis.tool’s indoor water use calculator.

  • analysis.tool Output: Baseline water consumption, target water consumption, and percentage improvement.

Pol 02 - Local Air Quality (Up to 2 credits)

  • BREEAM Benchmark: All heating and hot water supplied by non-combustion systems.

  • analysis.tool Input: Select primary energy type under the general tab.

  • analysis.tool Output: Confirmation of non-combustion energy systems.

Pol 04 - Nighttime Light Pollution (1 credit)

  • BREEAM Benchmark: No external lighting.

  • analysis.tool Input: Set external lighting to zero on the baseline page.

  • analysis.tool Output: Verification that no external lighting is used.

Mat 01 - Life Cycle Impact

Embodied Carbon (Up to 6 credits)

  • BREEAM Benchmark: A 15-30% reduction in embodied carbon compared to a baseline.

  • analysis.tool Input: Utilize analysis.tool's embodied carbon calculator which accounts for materials, construction methods, and lifespans.

  • analysis.tool Output: Detailed report showing embodied carbon values and percentage reduction against the baseline.

Operational Carbon (Up to 5 credits)

  • BREEAM Benchmark: At least a 20% reduction in operational carbon emissions compared to a baseline.

  • analysis.tool Input: Use analysis.tool's operational carbon calculation feature.

  • analysis.tool Output: Calculated operational carbon emissions, showing the percentage reduction against the baseline.


Achieving BREEAM España certification is a fair amount of work, but with analysis.tool, you have a trusted ally that not only simplifies the process but ensures precision in meeting specific benchmarks. Armed with data-driven insights, you can optimize your project for both sustainability and performance.

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