Thomson’s specialists can provide help with the specialised ecological input for BREEAM assessment and the Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH) in line with current technical guidance manuals (BREEAM UK Non-Domestic Refurbishment & Fit-Out 2014 and New Construction 2014 Technical Manual, BREEAM New Construction UK 2011, BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment 2012 and CfSH Technical Guide 2010).
Our consultants have years of experience when it comes to assisting with BREEAM assessments, providing advice, making recommendations and carrying out the ecological reports required.
What is a BREEAM certification/assessment?
BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method), first published by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) in 1990, is the world’s longest established method of assessing, rating, and certifying the sustainability of buildings. At Thomson, we can assist you with the ecological side of your BREEAM assessment.
What does BREEAM assessment involve?
Ecological data will be collected by our teams of ecologists on an initial site visit. This is then used to prepare a BREEAM assessment report to fulfil the specific requirements of each issue.
The work undertaken includes:
- an assessment of the ecological value of the site and how this will change post-development,
- recommendations for protection of ecological features and mitigating impact,
- recommendations on how to enhance the site for ecology, and
- an assessment of the long term impact on biodiversity, which can involve production of a five-year management plan for the development.
You are in safe hands
Our consultants meet the Suitably Qualified Ecologist (SQE) criteria as stipulated in the BRE guidelines. Working with our clients, they will maximise the credits available for each criteria. Additionally, at the post-construction stage, site visits can be undertake in order to assess and verify ecological compliance. The evidence gathered at this stage facilitates the allocation of credits for gaining certification.
To talk to us about how we can help with the ecological aspects of your BREEAM assessment, get in touch today.