BREEAM and CfSH Assessments
Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation and has become one of the most comprehensive and widely-recognised measures of a building's environmental performance.
A BREEAM assessment uses recognised measures of performance which are set against established benchmarks. This is to evaluate a building’s specification, design, construction and use. The measures used represent a broad range of categories and criteria from energy to ecology.
Similar to BREEAM and launched in late 2006, the Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH) is the principal legislation which aims to drive forward the step change in building practices by setting new standards for energy efficiency and sustainability for new housing in England.
Wold Ecology staff meet the criteria for suitably qualified ecologists by:
- Holding a degree or equivalent qualification in ecology or a related subject.
- Being employed as practising ecologists, with a minimum of three years' relevant experience within the last five years.
- Being full members of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (which subjects the surveyor to peer review and binds them to a professional code of conduct).
BREEAM/CfSH reports are reviewed to confirm that they:
- Represent sound industry practice.
- Report and recommend correctly, truthfully, and objectively.
- Are appropriate, given the local site conditions and scope of works proposed.
- Avoid invalid, biased, and exaggerated statements.
Testimonial - Chris Toohie is an excellent individual to work with, giving sound initial advice, followed by punctual, clearly presented reports. Gez Pegram, Director (York Office) at Alan Wood & Partners.