Ecology in BREEAM

Ecology is one of a series of key categories included across the BREEAM family of schemes comprising BREEAM, CEEQUAL and the Home Quality Mark. Added in 1993 it broadly aims to encourage design, project and facilities management teams to:

  • identify ecologically valuable features and opportunities,
  • protect and enhance habitats,
  • mitigate unavoidable impacts

In particular, it seeks to improve long term ecological outcomes through design and management practices and strategies that address impacts and opportunities relating to both the assessed sites and their wider zone of influence. This webpage collects all resources and documents relating to the Ecology section of the BREEAM family of schemes into one centralised location to help assessors and other interested parties to better understand the scope of the Ecology section.

Developing the Ecology Section

BRE’s BREEAM team recognises that best practice in the evaluation, protection and enhancement of ecological features continue to evolve and change. This change is ongoing, with a number of key policy areas under development, including work on ecosystem services and natural capital.

To ensure a clear understanding of these developments, BRE has worked with a wide range of stakeholders, including professional bodies such as Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), the Landscape Institute, the UK Green Building Council, and, and a range of consultants, developers, designers, constructors, managers and policy makers.

This stakeholder consultation fed into the development of a consistent strategic framework for evaluating ecology related issues across all schemes that are applied in the UK. This Strategic Ecology Framework aims to ensure a fair and balanced framework for evaluating ecological impact, mitigation and enhancement issues across the BREEAM family of schemes, whilst reflecting current best practice and future direction.

BREEAM UK’s Strategic Ecology Framework

BREEAM UK’s Strategic Ecology Framework provides a wider understanding of the objectives of BREEAM and sets out a common basis on which appropriate ecology related assessment criteria is developed as part of new schemes and existing scheme updates in the UK. It has been published to enable those working in the built environment to better understand the basis of BREEAM evaluations, and to take account of this in their future planning (click image to download).

In addition, there are number of published resources available to support those involved in interpreting and applying the Ecology related BREEAM, CEEQUAL and HQM assessment criteria in projects (see below).

Ecology-related resources

Webinar - Updating Ecology in BREEAM: Past, Present and Implementing the SEF
Webinar – Updating Ecology in BREEAM: Past, Present and Implementing the SEF
This webinar, recorded in 2018, summarises the background to the development of the Strategic Ecology Framework. It provides an overview ... Read more and download
Webinar - An Overview of BREEAMs new Change in Ecological Value Methodology
Webinar – An Overview of BREEAMs new Change in Ecological Value Methodology
This BRE Academy webinar (recorded in 2018) will take you through the new BREEAM methodology for calculating change in ecological ... Read more and download
Strategic Ecology Framework - Consultation (archived)
Strategic Ecology Framework – Consultation (archived)
The Strategic Ecology Framework (SEF) provides a wider understanding of the objectives of BREEAM and sets out a common basis on ... Read more and download
Greening the Built Environment - Briefing Paper
Greening the Built Environment – Briefing Paper
The Benefits of Selecting Ecological Options This briefing paper has been primarily written to support clients, developers and project teams ... Read more and download
Ecology in BREEAM
Ecology in BREEAM
Following the implementation of the Strategic Ecology Framework (SEF) into HQM ONE and BREEAM UK Non-Domestic New Construction 2018 we ... Read more and download
Ecology in BREEAM, CEEQUAL and HQM - Updating and Expanding the Approach
Ecology in BREEAM, CEEQUAL and HQM – Updating and Expanding the Approach
Bulletin of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) – December 2018 This joint article by CIEEM and ... Read more and download
BREEAM UK Strategic Ecology Framework
BREEAM UK Strategic Ecology Framework
This document sets out the aims and detail of BREEAM UK’s Strategic Ecology Framework (SEF), which has been developed to ... Read more and download
Ecology Calculation Methodology - Route 1 (GN35)
Ecology Calculation Methodology – Route 1 (GN35)
Guidance Note 35 outlines the methodology to be adopted by Route 1 assessments for each of the core assessment issues relating ... Read more and download
Ecology Assessment Issues Reporting Template (GN40)
Ecology Assessment Issues Reporting Template (GN40)
The purpose of Guidance Note 40 is to help the Assessor relate the information generated during the project to the ... Read more and download
Ecology Risk Evaluation Checklist (GN34)
Ecology Risk Evaluation Checklist (GN34)
Guidance Note 34 is the checklist for Ecology Risk Evaluation for the relevant assessment issue(s) in the BREEAM, CEEQUAL and ... Read more and download
Ecology Risk Evaluation Checklist (GN34)
Ecology Risk Evaluation Checklist (GN34)
Guidance Note 34 is the checklist for Ecology Risk Evaluation for the relevant assessment issue(s) in the UK versions of BREEAM, ... Read more and download
Ecology Calculation Methodology - Route 2 (GN36 including Appendix C)
Ecology Calculation Methodology – Route 2 (GN36 including Appendix C)
Guidance Note 36 is applicable for BREEAM, CEEQUAL and HQM schemes used in the UK which opened for registrations from 2018 ... Read more and download
Implementing the Strategic Ecology Framework in BREEAM
Implementing the Strategic Ecology Framework in BREEAM
Our quick video guide to why ecology is relevant to BREEAM standards and what are the opportunities for the new ... Read more and download