Last edited 18 Jan 2018

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BREEAM Ecological value of site

BREEAM Ecological value of site

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[edit] Aim and benefits

To encourage development on land that already has limited value to wildlife and to protect existing ecological features from substantial damage during site preparation and completion of construction works.

[edit] When to consider

Before RIBA stage 1 where possible. A site inspection by an ecologist must be carried out before any works begin on the chosen site. Where there is a choice of sites, inspections will be required of each and where able the site with the lowest ecological value should be selected. If an area of the site needs to be protected then the design and works will have to work around that and the earlier this is known the better.

[edit] Step by step guidance

The ‘BREEAM checklist for defining land of low ecological value’ can be used by the Assessor. Where a project wishes to achieve a BREEAM Very Good rating an ecologist will need to be involved as part of the minimum requirements anyway and so would be best placed to advise on the ecological value of the site too.

Where the BREEAM checklist is being used the assessor will need to be provided with the following information:

When using the BREEAM checklist if any of the answers to the questions are yes then an ecologist will need to become involved to determine if the site if of low ecological value.

For ease, it is best to involve a suitably qualified ecologist from the start.

Before procuring an ecologist, it should be checked that they are suitably qualified in line with BREEAM requirements.

If using an ecologist, they will need to carry out a site inspection prior to any works beginning on site and at appropriate times of the year to determine if there is any ecological value in the site. If the overall value of the site is low the credit will be achievable but if there is value the site cannot gain the credit. See compliance notes in the BREEAM manual if the site was cleared prior to purchase.

Where the ecologist confirms the overall value is low but there are some features that should be retained and protected during construction these should be highlighted to the design team as early as possible.

The contractor should know they must put in place protection measures before they are appointed.

[edit] Questions to ask while seeking compliance

What state is the site in?

Is it mostly hard standing?

Is it a greenfield site or a brown field site?

What surrounds the site, urban, semi rural, rural?

Are there any derelict buildings?

Are there trees on site, if so are they established?

[edit] Tools and resources

Knowledge base - http://kb.breeam.com/section/new-construction/uk/2014-uk/landuseandecology/le02/

http://www.magic.gov.uk/

https://www.gov.uk/check-your-business-protected-area which provides links to sites such as - http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/protectedsites/sacselection/SAC_list.asp?Country=E, http://gateway.snh.gov.uk/sitelink/index.jsp and http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-162

[edit] Tips and best practice

Good ecologist used from the earliest point.

[edit] Typical evidence

Ecology report produced by suitably qualified ecologist.

Confirmation ecologist is suitably qualified

Correspondence from the local authority to demonstrate if an ecology statement was needed.

Maps and extracts from websites and authorities on location of protected areas.

Site photographs

[edit] Disclaimer

BRE Global does not endorse any of the content posted and use of the content will not guarantee the meeting of certification criteria.

--Emma Houston 11:15, 18 Jan 2018 (BST)