To encourage long term protection and enhancement of biodiversity on the site and surrounding area.
The following is required to demonstrate compliance:
Up to two credits
|1||Where a SQE is appointed prior to commencement of activities on site and they confirm that all relevant EU, local and national regulations or legislation requirements relating to the protection and enhancement of ecology have been complied with during the refurbishment or fit-out process.|
|2.a||Management of any protected features on site|
|2.b||Management of any new, existing or enhanced habitats|
|2.c||A reference to any current or future legislation requirements (local, national or regional) that apply to the site regarding the protection of species and habitats (and where applicable refer to biodiversity action strategies or action plans)|
|2.d||Confirmation from the SQE that all relevant aspects of ecology are included within the plan.|
|3||Where additional measures to improve the assessed site's long term biodiversity are adopted, according to Table 65.|
|No. of credits||No. of additional measures|
Where the SQE confirms that some of the additional measures listed in Table 65 are not applicable to the assessed development, the credits can be awarded as follows:
|Applicable additional measures|
|Credits||Number of additional measures to assess|
Checklists and tables
|Ref||Additional measure for the improvement of long term biodiversity|
|1||The principal contractor nominates a biodiversity champion with the authority to influence site activities and ensure that detrimental impacts on site biodiversity are minimised in line with the recommendations of a SQE.|
|2||The principal contractor trains the site workforce on how to protect site ecology during the project. Specific training must be carried out for the entire site workforce to ensure they are aware of how to avoid damaging site ecology during operations on site. Training should be based on the findings and recommendations for protection of ecological features highlighted within a report prepared by a SQE.|
|3||The principal contractor records actions taken to protect biodiversity and monitor their effectiveness throughout key stages of the refurbishment or fit-out process. The requirement commits the principal contractor to make such records available where publicly requested.|
|4||Where a new ecologically valuable habitat appropriate to the local area is created. This includes a habitat that supports nationally, regionally or locally important biodiversity, or which is nationally, regionally or locally important itself. Local biodiversity expertise should be sought before the end of the Concept Design stage to help identify species of local biodiversity importance on site and ensure that the proposals support local priorities.|
|5||Where flora and fauna habitats exist on site, the contractor programmes site works to minimise disturbance to wildlife. For example, site preparation, ground works, and soft landscape works have been, or will be, scheduled at an appropriate time of year to minimise disturbance to wildlife. Timing of works may have a significant impact on, for example, breeding birds, flowering plants, seed germination, amphibians etc. Actions such as phased clearance of vegetation may help to mitigate ecological impacts. This additional requirement will be achieved where a clear plan has been produced detailing how activities will be timed to avoid any impact on site biodiversity in line with the recommendations of a SQE.|
Education buildings (preschools, schools and colleges only)
A partnership has been set up by the design team with a local group that has wildlife expertise and the group has:
|Applicable assessment criteria|
|Parts: 1, 2, 3 and 4||This issue is only applicable where works to external soft landscaping are within the scope of the refurbishment or fit-out zone, or where the occupier of the refurbishment or fit-out zone will have responsibility for ongoing management of soft landscaped areas.|
Where additional measures are not applicable.
See criterion 3 .
In all cases it is necessary to employ a SQE to achieve credits for this BREEAM issue. As a minimum the SQE must provide the following in writing:
Where the SQE confirms that none of the additional measures are applicable (due to the nature of the site and its surroundings) full credits can be awarded for demonstrating compliance with criteria 1 and 2 .
Education (preschool and school buildings only). Additional measure 6: Ongoing support and advice
|This could take the form of meetings several times a year with a staff or pupils or students working party to help them plan conservation and ecological enhancement work, or activities relating to the ecology in or near the school or college grounds.|
|Criteria||Interim design stage||Final post-construction stage|
One or more of the appropriate evidence types listed in 4.0 The BREEAM evidential requirements section can be used to demonstrate compliance with these criteria.
- Biodiversity is defined as the variety of life on earth. It includes all species, animal, plants, fungi, algae, bacteria and the habitats that they depend upon.
- Biodiversity action plan
- A plan which sets specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time bound conservation targets for species and habitats.
- Biodiversity champion
- An individual formally tasked by the principal contractor with the responsibility for monitoring and influencing site activities and minimising detrimental impacts on biodiversity. The individual must have sufficient authority and knowledge of ecology and construction, and also spend sufficient time on site in order to carry out the role. The biodiversity champion need not be an ecologist or ecological expert. This may be the same person as the sustainability champion in Man 03 Responsible construction practices.
- Local group with wildlife expertise
- A local group with wildlife expertise could be the local Wildlife Trust or an alternative group that has been involved in local wildlife conservation or enhancement projects.
- Refurbishment and fit-out zone
- As defined for BREEAM issue LE 02 Protection of ecological features.
- An individual achieving all the following items can be considered to be 'suitably qualified' for the purposes of compliance with BREEAM:
- Holds a degree or equivalent qualification in ecology or a related subject comprising a significant ecology component.
- Is a practising ecologist, with a minimum of three years relevant experience (within the last five years). Such experience must clearly demonstrate a practical understanding of factors affecting ecology in relation to construction and the built environment; including, acting in an advisory capacity to provide recommendations for ecological protection, enhancement and mitigation measures. The relevant experience must relate to the country that the assessment is being carried out in.
Suitably Qualified Ecologist (SQE)Refer to LE 02 Protection of ecological features.
Guidance on relating ecology reports to BREEAM is provided in the Guidance Note available on the BREEAM website.
The following are examples of what to include in long term management plans for habitats, species and biodiversity features:
- Description and evaluation of features to be managed
- Ecological trends and constraints on site that could influence management
- Aims and objectives of management
- Appropriate management options for achieving aims and objectives
- Prescriptions for management actions
- Preparation of a work schedule (including an annual work plan capable of being rolled forward over a five year period)
- Body or organisation personnel responsible for implementation of the plan
- Monitoring and remedial measures
- Funding resources and mechanisms to ensure sustainable long term delivery of the proposed management.
The level of detail required for any given site should be that which is necessary to ensure the effective management of the biodiversity features present.
BREEAM International Non-Domestic Refurbishment 2015
Reference: SD225 – Issue: 1.4
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