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Construction Codes: BREEAM, CSH, CEEQUAL

Our BREEAM and CSH compliant surveys provide all the information necessary to maximise the number of credits that can be awarded. Our reports have been developed in line with BRE guidelines and provide clear recommendations for the Ecological Credit Points available.

The construction codes

BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) is an industry standard environmental assessment method for building developments. Whilst this is not mandatory, it is often imposed as a condition in the planning permission process, as well as being used to assure prospective home-owners of the quality of the build.

CEEQUAL is the assessment and awards scheme for improving sustainability in civil engineering, landscaping and the public realm, and celebrates the achievement of high environmental and social performance.

The Building Research Establishment (BRE) Group's ‘Code for Sustainable Homes’ (CSH) was removed by the Government in 2015, consolidating some standards into Building Regulations. However, the Code may still be required for certain “legacy projects”, where planning permission granted prior to 27th March 2015 stipulated CSH as a planning condition.

The BREEAM and CSH assessments operate a credit system where points are awarded in different categories, such as energy, transport and water as well as ecology. The performance of the development is assessed against each of these categories and an overall score awarded depending on the number of points achieved.

Earning ecology points under BREEAM and CSH

Some of the ecology credits are only available following site assessment visits during the design and post-construction stages and production of a report by a Suitably Qualified Ecologist (SQE).

Our experience demonstrates the best scores are achieved when ecology credits are considered early in the design stage of the project. For more information and advice on the requirements of BREEAM and CSH please call us and one of our ecologists will be happy to talk you through the process.

Ecology and biodiversity credits under CEEQUAL

Those seeking a CEEQUAL award for their project will be aware that scores are weighted such that nearly 9% of the total can be awarded for exceptional handling of ecology and biodiversity issues. The CEEQUAL scheme seeks to extend the legal requirements under law to exemplary performance against social and environmental targets.

When brought in at an early stage, ECOSA can assist a CEEQUAL Assessor in maximising the opportunities for conservation, mitigation and habitat creation as appropriate. ECOSA can provide an independent assessment of the extent to which conservation objectives have been realised and how the status of key species and habitats, during and following the project works, have been maintained or enhanced.

ECOSA has extensive experience in streamlining ecological surveys and works with Project Managers and construction teams. Our management plans for SSSIs and public open spaces have produced positive results for both wildlife and local people. Please call us to discuss how we can work with your team and CEEQUAL Assessor to efficiently maximise your ecological credentials.

Site-ready staff

ECOSA is a fully registered member of the Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) forum, through ‘Safety Management Advisory Services' (SMAS) accreditation. SSIP registration demonstrates that ECOSA have an appropriate level of competence in their Health and Safety management systems.  In addition, all key ECOSA ecologists are Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) operative certified, and all staff are committed to the ECOSA Health and Safety policy.

Call 02380 261065 to discuss with an ecologist how we can work with you to maximise your ecological scores; or email