BREEAM - Gaining Eco Credits

Posted by Hannah Maben - BSc (Hons) MIEEM on 27/07/2010

The Government’s drive towards zero carbon housing took a major step forward with the announcement that from the 1 May 2008 all new homes are to be rated on their green credentials as part of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

There are generally no less than seven credits available within BREEAM assessments with respect to Ecology / Biodiversity. With respect to EcoHomes, Eco1 – Eco4 comprise 9.23% of the total score, which can make the difference between a ‘Pass’ and ‘Good’ and significantly contribute to achieving ‘Very Good’ and ‘Excellent’.

ecosulis ltd has worked closely with a number of developers and BREEAM Assessors to successfully gain such scores. To maximise your credits it is best to consider ecological issues and opportunities within the early stages of development.

Effective steps to achieving this are:

  • Having an IEEM qualified ecologist undertake survey pre-design
  • Retain and protect areas of high quality habitat
  • Use native species or species of known benefit to wildlife within landscaping proposals
  • Incorporate features of ecological enhancement, such as bird and bat boxes
  • Prepare a post development Ecological Management Plan