BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) is an environmental assessment method for rating and certifying the performance of new commercial buildings. It is a national standard for use in the design and construction of new buildings with a view to encouraging continuous improvement in sustainable building. Certain developments such as those on the Government Estate and non-domestic public sector buildings are required to meet at least a BREAAM Excellent score. In addition, BREEAM assessments are occasionally compulsory via a planning condition on a new development.
A key element of BREEAM is the calculation of the change in ecological value of a site and the measures required to enhance its ecological value. Green Ecology provide Suitably Qualified Ecologists (SQEs) as defined by BRE to advise on native planting, species mixes and management regimes that can be employed to maximise the number of credits achievable under the ecology criteria of the scheme.
Green Ecology work closely with many architects and developers who are designing modern sustainable commercial buildings, meaning we have acquired a vast experience of the BREEAM process built up over multiple assessments, where we work closely to incorporate ecology seamlessly into the development design whilst maximizing their credit gain.