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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’.

Posted by on 27/07/2010

Details are yet to be finalised; however, what is certain is that amendments to the Conservation (Natural Habitats & c.) Regulations 1994 are due to be implemented from April 2007. This is a very complicated subject but the headlines of relevance to all those involved in development projects, are:

The European Protected Species (EPS) licensing system is to be changed because the UK was found lacking in the transposition of the Habitats Directive 1992 by a European Court Judgement in October 2005.