BREEAM Assessment (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method) is the world’s leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. The environmental performance of new developments is measured by their ability to attain credits within different categories. Local Planning Authorities can condition BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes Assessments, with some developments requiring higher credit ratings or the achievement of compulsory levels.
The ‘Land Use and Ecology’ category accounts for 10% of the total credits available within a BREEAM assessment. With funding frequently tied to a project’s ability to attain a set BREEAM rating, or planning permission only granted if ‘good’ or ‘very good’ is achieved, money spent on ecological surveys and guidance often pays for itself time and again.
The Ecology Partnership can undertake the ecological and landscape appraisals of the BREEAM assessment, and include the following BREEAM credits:
- Site selection including recognition of previous developed and contaminated land
- The ecological value of the site and protection of ecological features
- Minimising impact on existing site ecology
- Enhancing site ecology
- The long term impact on biodiversity
BREEAM assessments can be undertaken for various types of site such as industrial sites, offices, retail, and schools.
The Ecology Partnership provides a professional service incorporating appropriate ecological mitigation and environmental enhancement measures, which can be included within the development design. BREEAM assessments are undertaken by experienced ecologists who are full members of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (MCIEEM), and assist the developer in maximising credit rating.
The Code for Sustainable Homes has been developed to enable a change in building practice for new homes. It has been prepared by the Government in close working consultation with the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA). The Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) is an environmental assessment method for rating and certifying the performance of new homes.
The Code for Sustainable Homes consists of nine categories, of which The Ecology Partnership covers the ‘Ecology and Land Use’ category. This includes:
- Assessing the ecological value of the site
- Identifying any areas of high ecological value
- Calculating the change in ecological value of the site pre and post development
- Provision of recommendations of ecological enhancements
- Ensuring legal compliance
The Ecology Partnership provides a professional service incorporating appropriate ecological mitigation and environmental enhancement measures, which can be included within the development design. As The Ecology Partnership ecologists are full members of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (MCIEEM) they are considered to be ‘suitably qualified ecologists’, which is a requirement of Code for Sustainable Homes assessments.
If you require more information on BREEAM Assessment or further ecological consultancy, please call us on 01372 364 133, email us or use our enquiry form at the bottom of the page.