The Communities and Local Government’s Code for Sustainable Homes (the “Code”) is the national standard for the sustainable design and construction of new homes. The Code aims to reduce carbon emissions and create homes that are more sustainable. The Code has been developed using the Building Research Establishment’s (BRE) EcoHomes System, which has achieved success in reducing the ecological impact of affordable housing projects, in particular within the social housing sector. The Code is intended as a single national standard to guide industry in the design and construction of sustainable homes, with ecology as a category for consideration. From May 2008 it is now mandatory for all new homes to be rated against the Code

GreenLink Ecology Ltd has gained substantial experience of this relatively new scheme and using suitably qualified ecologists, who are full members of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, can undertake ecological appraisals, to determine how to gain maximum credit within the scheme. Ecological appraisals make an assessment of:

The plant species associated with each habitat type within a site
The presence of, or potential for, legally protected species and species of conservation concern (notable species)
Any legal and/or planning policy constraints relevant to nature conservation which may be of relevance
The potential to achieve credits under Code assessment criteria Eco 1-4
Any potential further ecological issues
The need for further surveys and mitigation/compensation
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