Ecology in BREEAM, CEEQUAL and HQM – Updating and Expanding the Approach

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Bulletin of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) – December 2018

This joint article by CIEEM and BRE provides a summary of the development of BREEAM’s Strategic Ecology Framework (SEF). Published in 2016, the SEF sets out the strategy for assessing ecology in the BREEAM family of schemes and it is now in the process of being implemented into the individual certification schemes. This article in particular summarises how and why a wide range of industry stakeholders came together to collaborate on a review of BREEAM’s existing approach to assessing ecology-related impacts and opportunities, and the resulting development of the SEF and a new method for calculating the change in ecological value