BREEAM also known as Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method is the worlds longest established and most widely used voluntary environment assessment scheme. BREEAM has the most sustainable assessment method for master planning projects, building and infrastructure. Carrying out one of these tests will allow you to see the value in higher performing assets from new construction to refurbishments.

The three aims of BREEAM is to:

  • Encourage
  • Empower
  • Build Confidence and Value

Many clients throughout many industries will use BREEAM as it will help to validate and deliver the sustainable value of your asset costs effectively, doing this through BREEAM certification allows you to have this done so in an internationally recognised and robust standard. BREEAM has been tried and tested multiple times since it first launched in 1990.

BREEAM is known for helping clients to manage and eliminate any risks that could arise though the planning, design, construction, operation or refurbishment stages which therefore allows the client to minimize their running costs while maximising their market value.

Here at Patterson Lifts we can help you to generate 2 BREEAM credits, this can be done by complying with the below:


Where either lifts, escalators or moving walks are required:

  • An analysis of the transportation demand and usage patterns for the building must be carried out by the design team to determine the optimum number and size of lifts, escalators and/or moving walks.
  • The energy consumption must be estimated for one of the following: 
  1. At least two types of system (for each transportation type required)
  2. An arrangement of systems (e.g. for lifts, hydraulic, traction, MRL)
  3. A system strategy which is ‘fit for purpose’ (scheduling)
  • The lift/escalator/moving walk system/strategy with the lowest energy consumption is specified.


To be able to achieve two credits, the above criteria for one credit must be achieved.

  • For lifts, of the following energy-efficient features the three that offer the greatest potential energy savings are specified:
  1. The lifts operate in a stand-by condition during off-peak periods. For example, the power side of the lift controller and other operating equipment such as lift car lighting, user displays, and ventilation fans switch off when the lift has been idle for a prescribed length of time.
  2. The lift car uses energy-efficient lighting and display lighting i.e. an average lamp efficacy, across all fittings in the car, of 55 lamp lumens/ circuit watt and lighting switches off after the lift has been idle for a prescribed length of time.
  3. The lift uses a drive controller capable of variable-speed, variable-voltage, variable-frequency (VVVF) control of the drive motor.
  4. The lift has a regenerative drive unit so that any energy generated by a traction lift (due to running up loaded to less than the counterbalancing ratio or running down loaded to more than the counter balancing ratio) or by a hydraulic lift (due to running down) is returned to the electricity utility supplier or used elsewhere in the building.
  • For escalators and/or moving walks, each escalator and/or moving walk complies with EITHER of the following:
  1. It is fitted with a load sensing device that synchronises motor output to passenger demand through a variable speed drive. OR
  2. It is fitted with a passenger sensing device for automated operation (auto walk), so the escalator operates in stand-by mode when there is no passenger demand.
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