BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method) is the world’s leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. The environmental performance of new developments is measured by their ability to attain credits within different categories. Local Planning Authorities can condition BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes Assessments, with some developments requiring higher credit ratings or the achievement of compulsory levels.
The ‘Land Use and Ecology’ category accounts for 10% of the total credits available within a BREEAM Assessment. With funding frequently tied to a project’s ability to attain a set BREEAM rating, or planning permission only granted if ‘good’ or ‘very good’ is achieved, money spent on ecological surveys and guidance often pays for itself time and again.
PJC Consultancy can undertake the ecological and landscape appraisals of the BREEAM assessment, and include the following BREEAM credits:
- Previous land use of the proposed development site
- The ecological value of the site
- Any predicted negative impact on ecological features
- Calculate the change in the ecological value of the site pre and post development
- The potential to enhance any ecological features
- Ensure legal compliance and appropriate land management
- Develop appropriate enhancement measures
BREEAM assessments can be undertaken for various types of site such as industrial sites (Industrial BREEAM), BREEAM for Offices, BREEAM Retail, multi-residential, BREEAM for Schools and Bespoke. PJC Consultancy has experience of working in all areas.
PJC Consultancy provides a professional service incorporating appropriate ecological mitigation and environmental enhancement measures, which can be included within the development design. BREEAM assessments are undertaken by experienced ecologists who are full members of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (MIEEM), who assist the developer in maximising credit rating.