What do I need to know about BREEAM Land Use and Ecology assessments?
The Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) is the world’s longest established method of assessing, rating and certifying the sustainability of buildings. It is increasingly used for development projects in Jersey. More information about BREEAM can be found here.
There are 9 categories for which credits are awarded, and the total number of credits achieved determines the BREEAM rating for the development (Good, Very Good, Excellent or Outstanding).
What does a BREEAM assessment involve?
10 credits (10% of the overall total) are available for the Land Use and Ecology section of the assessment, which is broken down into the following sections:
- LE 01 Site Selection
- LE 02 Ecological Value of Site and Protection of Ecological Features
- LE 03 Mitigating Ecological Impact
- LE 04 Enhancing Site Ecology
- LE 05 Long Term Impact on Biodiversity
Our team of Ecologists are fully qualified to undertake the necessary ecological surveys, documentation and can advise on how to maximise on the achievable credits under the Land Use and Ecology section of BREEAM
What happens next?
Once the site has been assessed, we will then work with project managers, architects and landscape architects to ensure that considerations for Land Use and Ecology are integrated into the scheme design at an early stage in the development process, in order to minimise ecological impacts and to maximise biodiversity benefits.
We have worked closely with the Nurture Ecology Team over a number of years. In all instances, we have found the Team to be very professional and willing to assist. Their knowledge base of the requirements and the rigours associated with the Natural Environment and Planning requirements have often proved to be a real asset to the delivery of complex projects
Carlo Riva, Riva Architects