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Last edited 02 Dec 2020
BREEAM Enhancing site ecology
 When to consider
 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.
--Multiple Author Article 22:15, 21 Apr 2018 (BST)
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