BREEAM is a system that can be used to demonstrate high standards of environmental performance, a proxy for sustainable development. BREEAM criteria include Land Use and Ecology credits. These are included to recognise and encourage actions taken to maintain and enhance the ecological value of the site as a result of development.
Assessment under BREEAM is a requirement for many developments. We have worked throughout the UK (including the Channel Islands) on BREEAM schemes for both public and private sector clients, and have considerable experience applying both 2018 and 2014 guidance.
Ecology Consultancy Services
A key element of BREEAM is the calculation of the change in ecological value of a site and measures to enhance its ecology value. BSG Ecology is able to advise on native planting, species mixes and management regimes that can be employed to maximise the number of credits achievable under the ecology criteria of each scheme. Our staff are also practiced in the application of the BREEAM Calculator (which follows the Defra metric).
Many schemes for which BREEAM is a requirement are very spatially constrained. Where space is at a premium, the fabric of the built environment itself can be used to deliver cost-effective gains for biodiversity.