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BREEAM & code for sustainable homes

BREEAM & CSH

The Building Research Establishment Environment Assessment Method (BREEAM), Defense Related Environmental Assessment Methodology(DREAM) , Home Quality Mark (HQM) and Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) are tools used to assess and appraise the environmental performance of buildings.

Although BREEAM assessments are not a compulsory condition for development, accomplishing a certain rating is increasingly a mandatory condition of planning.

CSH rates the performance of new homes. Code for Sustainable Homes was withdrawn by Government in March 2015 for new developments. The Code continues to operate for “legacy developments” in England and in Wales and Northern Ireland.

In addition to ecology BREEAM covers other aspects of sustainable design including:

  • Management
  • Health and well being
  • Energy
  • Transport
  • Water
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Pollution
  • Innovation
  • Land use and ecology

Within every category, developments score points – called credits – for achieving targets, and their final total determines their rating from pass to outstanding.

Our team are able to complete ecological assessments to input into all four of these assessments including species area calculations and supporting documents such as Landscape and Habitat Management Plans produced in accordance with BS42020:2013.

The land use and ecology credits LCECO can assist with include:

  • Ecological value of land and protection of ecological features
  • Minimising impact on existing site ecology
  • Enhancing site ecology
  • Long term impact on biodiversity

We have a number of ‘Suitably Qualified Ecologists’ (SQE) who have Full memberships with the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), relevant degrees and many years experience.

Lindsay Carrington Ecological Services has completed the ecology components of BREEAM assessment for a range of building types with tailored criteria, for instance schools and hotels, and CSH for numerous residential developments. We are familiar with BREEAM 2008, BREEAM 2011 to BREEAM New Construction 2014, and CSH 2008 and 2010. We have more recently been involved with DREAM and HQM assessments ecology elements.

Within our team our senior ecologists have been undertaking BREEAM and CSH for the last 12 years, which allows us to use our experience to deliver maximum ecological benefits while still having regard to other concerns (costs etc.).