EnviroCentre has experience of providing a wide range of environmental consultancy services to the construction and property development sector; supporting the development process from the pre-planning stages all the way through to post-construction monitoring.
The quantitative (noise, air quality, flood risk, ecology & trees), qualitative (landscape & visual, cultural heritage) and design elements of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), are all to accompany a planning application and assess potentially significant environmental effects.
The need for an EIA will be determined by the site (Schedule 1 or 2) and the current thresholds within that country. Schedule 1 sites such as refineries, motorways and quarries over 25ha will always require an EIA, whereas Schedule 2 urban development sites will be subject to thresholds.
Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method
With the construction sector striving to become more sustainable, assessment methods such as BREEAM, can be a powerful tool to demonstrate sustainable development.
Our BREEAM Assessor, Dr Ian Buchan, is qualified to undertake all types of Non-Domestic BREEAM Assessments under the BREEAM New Construction 2014 scheme.
To determine the BREEAM rating, each building development is assessed across 10 BREEAM categories comprising:
In each category, there are minimum criteria that must be achieved, and additional credits can be made for specific innovations. These BREEAM credits are then combined to produce a single overall score and rating: Pass, Good, Very Good, Excellent and Outstanding.
There are three stages to the BREEAM assessment procedure:
The BREEAM pre-assessment provides advice on the sustainability of a development and the elements that need to be incorporated into the detailed design and cost plan.
The BREEAM design stage assessment is based upon evidence supplied by the design team; the scheme is assessed against the credit criteria and a design stage certificate is provided.
At the BREEAM post-construction stage assessment, the final certified BREEAM assessment is carried out prior to handover and based on the evidence collected and a site inspection; a final certificate is presented with the rating of the building.
In addition to our qualified BREEAM Assessor, EnviroCentre can also provide the following complementary services:
Provision of suitably qualified ecologists
Development of Travel Plans
Flood Risk Assessments
Development of Site Waste Management Plans
Stakeholder engagement and consultation
On-site supervision (Environmental And Ecological Clerks of Works)
Contact us today to discuss your project requirements and learn more about EnviroCentre's services for the construction and property development sector.