BREEAM for Lifts, Escalators & Moving Walkways

BREEAM or 'Building Research Establishment's Environmental Assessment Method' is the best way to ensure sustainable value and efficiency in your projects. Stannah passenger lifts, escalators and moving walkways can generate BREEAM credits which can help the building achieve the best rating possible. 

BREEAM (Building Research Establishment's Environmental Assessment Method)

The updated BREEAM UK construction 2018 rating system awards points for passenger lifts, moving walkways and escalators in newly constructed buildings. Vertical transportation falls under the energy section, with the aim to recognise and encourage the specification of energy-efficient systems. Find out what the requirements and how Stannah can help you to achieve your greener goals!UKNC2018-217x300

Ene 06 Energy efficient transportation - credit requirements

Although issues such as safety, space restrictions and users’ comfort are the priority when selecting a lift or escalator, energy efficiency of transportation systems has been an increasing concern in the last decades.

An increase in lift and escalator provision is expected in the near future due to the need for convenience and comfort, the growing ageing population and the urbanisation effect. The energy consumption of lifts and escalators is approximately 5% of the overall consumption of a building.

With Stannah’s passenger lifts, escalators and moving walkways it is possible to contribute up to three BREEAM credits to your project. To do this, the specification needs to comply to criteria stated in Ene06. 

How Stannah can help you to get your BREEAM UK NC 2018 - En06 credits

We've outlined the BREEAM lift requirements and how we can help in a simple format.

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The use of regenerative drives can add significant cost to your lift and is only suitable in limited circumstances - typically high travel and high intensity use. Therefore BREEAM recommends a regenerative drive should only be considered where it produces an energy-saving greater than the additional standby energy used to support the drives. 


Relevant other BREEAM criteria

In accordance with requirements elsewhere for HEA02 - Indoor air quality, MAT02-05 - Materials, WST01- Construction site waste management and MAN04 - Commissioning and handover, Stannah can work with you and supply supporting information to these requirements. 

Looking for technical information or Energy Analysis?

We are able to provide energy consumption figures and BREEAM compliance reports pre-installation to support your evidential requirements. For advice on your lift, escalator or moving walkway selection, please get in touch and we will be happy to advise further. 

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FAQs on BREEAM and Lifts

What about Machinery Directive lifts?

The BREEAM criteria does not apply to platform lifts, wheelchair platform stairlifts or goods lifts which fall under the Machinery Directive. However, any lifting device that has a speed greater than 0.15m/s must be assessed by BREEAM, this is inclusive of goods, vehicle and passenger lifts.

What if my Building has no lifts, escalators or moving walks? 

Ene 06 Energy efficient transportation systems will not be assessed where a building contains no lifts, escalators or moving walks.

What are the maximum points I can get for my BREEAM project from my vertical transportation?

Where only either lifts, escalators or moving walks are present a maximum of two credits is possible. Where both lifts and escalators/moving walks are present then three credits are available.

What about extensions?

If assessing a new extension to an existing building, lifts present in the existing building fall outside the Ene 06 scope and do not need to be assessed. The above applies only where the lifts are not being renewed or undergoing a major refurbishment.

What about modernising an existing lift, escalator or moving walkway?

If BREEAM requirements are applied to, it can lead to situations that include expensive removal of machines and drive systems which could continue to give more years of useful life - purely on the basis of savings in energy usage. Such modernisation may not make sense if the full environmental impact of the new equipment, and removal of the replaced equipment, is taken into account.

Are there other regulations regarding vertical transportation I need to be aware of?

There's a whole host of standards when it comes to lifts. If you'd like to understand a little more then Building regulations: key guidance for lifts, Lift standards glossary and escalator and moving walkways standards glossary are good places to start. But don't worry! A knowledgeable lift company is capable of guiding you through the relevant standards as part of your lift specification.

BREEAM Credits Available

A total of three points can be awarded where both lifts, escalators and/or moving walkways are specified. This helpful table shows our standard product range and the maximum credits available for each:

 Type  Credits available
 Escalators  up to 2
 Moving walkways up to 2
 Passenger lifts up to 2
 Platform lifts  n/a – fall under Machinery Directive 
 Goods lifts  n/a
 Service lifts  n/a 

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Looking for technical information or Energy Analysis?

We are able to provide energy consumption figures and BREEAM compliance reports pre-installation to support your evidential requirements. For advice on your lift, escalator or moving walkway selection, please get in touch and we will be happy to advise further. 

For free to go to our technical resources to support your project, simply visit our download area

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