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BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) Assessments

The Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), and Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) are widely recognised and used environmental assessment and ratings systems for buildings. BREEAM and CSH address wide-ranging environmental and sustainability issues and enables developers, designers and building managers to demonstrate the environmental credentials of their buildings to clients, planners and other parties.

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A BREEAM or CSH assessment involves the evaluation of the performance of a building in terms of specification, design, construction and use. The rating is derived from a standard set of performance measures ranging from management processes to ecology which are set against various benchmarks.

A number of different BREEAM schemes are used to assess a range of common domestic and commercial building types. Bespoke criteria are developed where less common building types require assessment.

'We were pleased with a swift response and final report within 3 weeks of the quotation for the work, thus securing the required credits under the Code for Sustainable Homes'.

Geoffrey Bowman, Chartered Architect

How Five Valleys Ecology Can Help

Five Valleys Ecology can help you obtain ecology credits by providing a 'Suitably Qualified Ecologist' (SQE), as specified by BREEAM, to undertake a BREEAM or Code for Sustainable Homes Ecology Assessment. A survey of the proposed development site by our SQE is required BEFORE site clearance.

Once sufficient baseline information has been collected, this would be summarised in a full report with colour plan in accordance with BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes guidance to provide evidence to support the allocation of ecology credits under the relevant scheme. Recommendations for small scale alterations to the development proposals where this would assist in achieving further credits is also provided, together with evidence where credits are not considered attainable.

For more information, or to obtain a free proposal, please contact us.

Five Valleys Ecology Ltd


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Survey Season Calendar

Download a copy of our latest Ecology Survey Calendar (pdf, 210 K) to help avoid costly delays to your projects due to missing ecology survey windows.

Start of the Great Crested Newt Survey Season

Surveys for great crested newts (GCNs) can be undertaken from mid-March to mid-June depending on weather conditions. Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) require survey information before planning applications are determined in accordance with Paragraphs 98 and 99 of 'ODPM Circular 06/2005 Biodiversity and Geological Conservation'. We recommend that clients consider the requirement for newt surveys now and plan ahead. Do not miss the narrow GCN survey window. Contact us now to book in surveys and for further advice.

Supreme Court Ruling on the 'Deliberate Disturbance' Offence

In the case of Morge vs Hampshire County Council [2011] UKSC 2 on appeal from: [2010] EWCA Civ 608 the Supreme Court has overruled the Court of Appeal and given a more cautious interpretation of the Article 12(1)(b) 'deliberate disturbance' offence. The Supreme Court believed that the Court of Appeal had set the threshold for 'deliberate disturbance' too high. Whilst no minimum threshold was given by the Supreme Court, a leading environmental lawyer has reviewed the case and believes that in some circumstances disturbance of one or two individuals of a European Protected Species (EPS) may fall within the offence.

Five Valleys Ecology Receive an Ethical Award from the Ethical Company Organisation

Five Valleys Ecology are delighted to have received an Ethical Award and accreditation from the Ethical Company Organisation in recognition of our strong commitment to ethical business practices. The research team stated 'Five Valleys Ecology are commended for puting ethical and environmental considerations at the heart of their business and for providing an ethical alternative within their sector'.


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