BREEAM Enhancing site ecology
 Aim and benefits
 When to consider
Refer to BREEAM Minimising impact on existing site ecology for more information
 Questions to ask while seeking compliance
- Was a Suitably Qualified Ecologist appointed during RIBA Stage 1? [Remember, RIBA Stage 1 might have lasted since, for instance, a previous planning application]
- Was an ecology report produced by a Suitably Qualified Ecologist during RIBA Stage 2?
- Did the ecology report include a pack of recommendations?
- Have we included more species post development than pre-development?
 Tips and best practice
- Use any available enhancements to the site in an infill construction where there is no space for ecological enhancements within the site
- The Ecologist must have been on board from early stages
- Seek opportunities for off-site ecological enhancement specially for developments in lands with high ecological value and with the risk of removing species - refer to knowledge base note ref:: KBCN0651
 Typical evidence
- Confirmation that the ecologist was appointed prior to RIBA Stage 1 and that they meet the definition of a Suitably Qualified Ecologist. Where appointed at a later stage, the ecologist must confirm that this has not hindered their ability to make recommendations or maximise potential ecological enhancement.
- Copy the Ecologist’s Report or completed GN13 template listing the ecologist’s recommendations for ecological enhancement and calculations to show the increase in plant species from the existing to the proposed site.
- Landscape/site plans for the existing and proposed site
- Written confirmation from the project team that the recommendations of the ecologist will be included within the final design.
- As built landscape plans
- Assessor site inspection/photos showing the recommendations and planting schemes have been implemented.
- Where the landscape is not complete at the time of the inspection, due to phasing or it not being an appropriate planting season, written confirmation that any planting will be completed within 18months from the completion of the development.
 Applicable Schemes
The guidelines collated in this ISD aim to support sustainable best practice in the topic described. This issue may apply in multiple BREEAM schemes covering different stages in the life of a building, different building types and different year versions. Some content may be generic but scheme nuances should also be taken into account. Refer to the comments below and related articles to this one to understand these nuances. See this document for further guidelines.
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- BREEAM Sustainability champion
- BREEAM Environmental management
- BREEAM Considerate construction
- BREEAM Monitoring of construction site impacts
- BREEAM Aftercare support
- BREEAM Seasonal commissioning
- BREEAM Testing and inspecting building fabric
- BREEAM Life cycle cost and service life planning
- BREEAM Stakeholder consultation (ac)
- BREEAM Commissioning (ac)
- BREEAM Handover (ac)
- BREEAM Inclusive and accessible design (ac)
- BREEAM Post occupancy evaluation
 Health and Wellbeing
- BREEAM Visual comfort Daylighting (partly ac)
- BREEAM Visual comfort View out
- BREEAM Visual comfort Glare control
- BREEAM Indoor air quality plan
- BREEAM Indoor air quality Ventilation
- BREEAM Thermal comfort
- BREEAM Internal and external lighting (ac)
- BREEAM Indoor pollutants VOCs (ac)
- BREEAM Potential for natural ventilation (ac)
- BREEAM Safe containment in laboratories (ac)
- BREEAM Acoustic performance
- BREEAM Safety and security (ac)
- BREEAM Reduction of energy use and carbon emissions
- BREEAM Energy monitoring
- BREEAM External lighting
- BREEAM Low carbon design
- BREEAM Passive design
- BREEAM Free cooling
- BREEAM LZC technologies
- BREEAM Energy efficient cold storage (partly ac)
- BREEAM Energy efficient transportation systems
- BREEAM Energy efficient laboratory systems
- BREEAM Energy efficient equipment (partly ac)
- BREEAM Drying space
- BREEAM Transport assessment and travel plan
- BREEAM Public transport accessibility
- BREEAM Sustainable transport measures
- BREEAM Proximity to amenities
- BREEAM Cyclist facilities
- BREEAM Alternative modes of transport (ac)
- BREEAM Maximum car parking capacity
- BREEAM Travel plan
- BREEAM Home office (ac)
- BREEAM Water consumption
- BREEAM Water efficient equipment
- BREEAM Water monitoring
- BREEAM Water leak detection (ac)
- BREEAM Hard landscaping and boundary protection
- BREEAM Responsible sourcing of materials
- BREEAM Insulation
- BREEAM Designing for durability and resilience
- BREEAM Life cycle impacts
- BREEAM Material efficiency (ac)
- BREEAM Construction waste management
- BREEAM Recycled aggregates
- BREEAM Speculative floor & ceiling finishes
- BREEAM Adaptation to climate change
- BREEAM Operational waste
- BREEAM Functional adaptability (ac)
 Land Use and Ecology
- BREEAM Site Selection
- BREEAM Ecological value of site
- BREEAM Protection of ecological features
- BREEAM Minimising impact on existing site ecology
- BREEAM Enhancing site ecology
- BREEAM Long term impact on biodiversity (ac)
- BREEAM Impact of refrigerants
- BREEAM NOx emissions
- BREEAM Flood risk management (ac)
- BREEAM Surface water run-off (ac)
- BREEAM Reduction of night time light pollution (partly ac)
- BREEAM Reduction of noise pollution
Once an ISD has been initially created the '(ac)' marker can be removed
This particular index is based around the structure of the New Construction and RFO schemes.