CfSH Ecology Assessment Surveys
Access Ecology employ Suitably Qualified Ecologists for CfSH assessments. We always strive to achieve the maximum number of possible credits on each project.
- 1. Background Information
- 2. Survey Methodology
The Code for Sustainable Homes was developed by the Building Research Establishment, based on their EcoHomes scheme, as a national standard to encourage and develop more sustainable building practices for homes. A housing development – single or multiple – is awarded points for a number of criteria from energy to surface water runoff, including Ecology, and rewards more sustainable developments whilst discouraging less sustainable developments.
The site and development proposal is assessed by a suitable qualified ecologist based on 5 ecological criteria;
- Ecological Value of the Site
- Ecological Enhancement
- Protection of Ecological Features
- Change in Ecological Value of the Site
- Building Footprint
A phase 1 habitat survey will be conducted to assess the ecological value of the site before the development and where trees are present arboricultural assessments will be carried out. A score is then calculated for the current ecological value of the land following the Code for Sustainable Homes Guidelines.
Our suitably qualified ecologists can recommend mitigation guidelines to reduce the impact on biodiversity, and features and schemes to enhance the ecological value of the site, which if adhered to can help minimise the ecological impact of the development and improve the Code for Sustainable Homes score.