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and Code for Sustainable Homes

As the demand for industry and housing rises with the increasing population, care must be taken to ensure that new buildings consume minimal environmental resources throughout their construction and lifetime. The Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methods (BREEAM) and Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH) aim to ensure that new developments and houses have a reduced impact on the environment and improved all-round sustainability.

BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes

BL Ecology Ltd provides BREEAM and Code assessments and reports for the Ecology / Land Use and Ecology category. All of our staff exceed the requirements for a Suitably Qualified Ecologist as specified by the BRE guidelines, guaranteeing that our BREEAM / Code surveys and reports hold the utmost integrity.

The rating of a new house under CfSH Ecology is determined by the achievement of credit points through satisfying particular conditions or standards during construction. Credit points for Ecology are awarded based on the following criteria:

  • The current ecological value of the site;
  • Protection of ecological features;
  • Change in the ecological value of the site; and
  • Enhancement of the ecology on site.

Some credit points can only be achieved following a site visit and report by a Suitably Qualified Ecologist. During the site visit, an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Assessment will be conducted to assess the ecology on site and the likely level of impact of the development. Reports outline the number of credit points available, recommendations for protection and enhancement of the ecology on site, and advice on achieving additional credit points. BL Ecology’s BREEAM and Code reports are clear and informative, and are produced in line with BRE guidelines.

With a wide range of experience on projects ranging from single houses to large industrial developments, BL Ecology can provide a fast, clear and professional BREEAM or Code service which greatly benefits the environment and developers alike. Undertaking a BREEAM or CfSH Ecology assessment with the support of BL Ecology’s experience and expertise can be a straightforward and cost-effective way to maximise the rating of a development.

Contact us on 01274 816800 to get started with your BREEAM or Code assessment.

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BL Ecology is a trading name of BL Ecology Ltd. Registered office: Office 9/10, Beck Mill, Reva Syke Road, Clayton BD14  6QY
Company number 07193722. VAT Registration: 987 8948 17.
Directors: William Lever BSc Hons MIEEM and Jennifer Clarke BSc Hons MSc MIEEM

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