BREEAM (British Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) is used to assess the sustainability of new developments.

There are several different types of BREEAM scheme, and within each of the schemes there are categories in which credits are awarded. These categories are:

  • Management
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Energy
  • Transport
  • Water
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Land Use and Ecology
  • Pollution
  • Innovation

Land Use and Ecology within BREEAM

Within the Land Use and Ecology section there are usually five categories (more are available under certain BREEAM schemes). These are:

  • LE 01 Site selection
  • LE 02 Ecological value of site and protection of ecological features
  • LE 03 Mitigating ecological impact
  • LE 04 Enhancing site ecology
  • LE 05 Long term impact on biodiversity

To gain certain credits a Suitably Qualified Ecologist (SQE) is required to survey the site and make recommendations. Quants Environmental has Suitably Qualified Ecologists with sufficient experience and full membership of The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), which is one of the specifications for the SQE.

Quants is able to supply SQEs qualified to complete ecology assessments for the Land Use and Ecology section of a BREEAM scheme.

Further information about Biodiversity in BREEAM BREEAM biodiversity – BRE Group