BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes

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  • Competitive pricing
  • Pragmatic solutions

Smart Ecology offer competitively priced ecology credit assessments for BREEAM and CfSH.

Ecology credits are a key part of BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Home (CfSH) assessments. This requires an ecologist to undertake an assessment of the change in ecological value of the site and provide advice on protecting and enhancing site ecology.

Our team includes Suitably Qualified Ecologists (SQE) who will work closely with landscape architects to achieve maximum ecology credits for your development.

What we offer:

  • BREEAM land use and ecology credit assessments
  • CfSH ecology credit assessments
  • Advice on how to maximise credits achieved
  • Production of landscape and habitat management plans (required under BREEAM credit LE 05)

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Not sure exactly what you require? Our experienced ecologists will provide free, no obligation advice, just ask.

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BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method) is the leading sustainability assessment for buildings. It works on a credit system encouraging environmental performance. Some types of new development are required to obtain an excellent or above BREEAM score, additionally local planning authorities can condition a BREEAM assessment as part of planning permission.

CfSH (Code for Sustainable Homes) is the government owned standard for sustainable house building. Although it has been withdrawn in England, legacy cases remain and will require assessment. Additionally the Welsh Government continues to require a CfSH assessment for all new housing funded by the Welsh Government or located on land under Government ownership.

Both assessments involve an ecologist visiting the site to assess the baseline conditions. Back in the office an assessment of change in ecological value between the current baseline and the proposed plan for the site will be undertaken.

We will provide you with an ecology report detailing the results of the assessment and advising on how to maximise land use and ecology credits.

We will also complete the BREEAM form on how to relate an ecology report to BREEAM credits.