Occupant control – spaces requiring user controls

The following guidance is intended to clarify the types of area for which user controls are required or would be considered beneficial. Please refer to the specific requirements of the applicable BREEAM Scheme to interpret this guidance appropriately.

User controls which allow independent adjustment of heating/cooling systems within the building are required/considered beneficial in the following areas:

  • Owned spaces: small rooms for one or two people, e.g. cellular offices
  • Shared spaces: multi-occupied areas, e.g. open-plan offices, workshops.
  • Temporarily owned spaces: where occupants expect to operate the heating/ cooling controls while they are there, e.g. meeting rooms, hotel bedrooms.

User controls which allow independent adjustment of heating/cooling systems within the building are not required in the following areas:

  • Occasionally visited spaces: e.g. storerooms, bookstacks in libraries, aisles of warehouses, toilets.
  • Unowned spaces:  where areas are expected to be heated but the controls are not operated by the occupants, e.g. circulation areas.
  • Managed spaces: where someone is in charge of the heating/ cooling, but the controls are not operated by individual occupants, e.g. atria, concourses, entrance halls, function halls, restaurants, libraries, and shops.

Please note that zoning is required in all areas of the building where specified in the assessment criteria for this issue.

 

User controls are required/considered beneficial in spaces which are owned, shared or temporarily owned by individual building occupants. User controls are not required in occasionally visited spaces or spaces where individual occupants are not expected to have control over the thermal conditions.