BREEAM and Home Quality Mark Assessments

For assistance with the specialised ecological input for BREEAM or Home Quality Mark (HQM) Assessments in line with current technical guidance manuals (BREEAM UK New Construction Non-Domestic Buildings (All UK) 2018, Home Quality Mark (HQM) One England or Home Quality Mark (HQM) One Wales), talk to our team of experts at Wildwood Ecology.

What do BREEAM and HQM assessments involve?

Ecological data will be collected by our qualified ecologists on an initial site visit. This is then used to prepare either a BREEAM or HQM assessment report to fulfil the specific requirements of each issue. The work undertaken includes:

  • identifying ecological risks and opportunities for achieving the best outcomes for ecosystem services and biodiversity
  • managing impacts on ecology to avoid, or limit as far as possible, negative impacts on the ecology of the site
  • improving local biodiversity by identifying positive ecological change and enhancement at your site
  • providing detailed and targeted long-term ecological management and maintenance planning and prescriptions

Good to know

Our consultants meet the Suitably Qualified Ecologist (SQE) criteria as stipulated in the BRE guidelines. Working with our clients, they will maximise the credits available for criteria under the ‘Land Use and Ecology’ category for BREEAM or ‘Our Surroundings: Outdoors’ category for HQM. Additionally, at the post-construction stage, site visits can be undertaken in order to assess and verify ecological compliance. The evidence gathered at this stage facilitates the allocation of credits for gaining certification.

To talk to us about how we can help with the ecological aspects of your BREEAM or HQM assessment, get in touch today.

BREEAM and Home Quality Mark

What is a BREEAM assessment?

BREEAM is the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for masterplanning projects, infrastructure and buildings. It recognises and reflects the value in higher performing assets across the built environment lifecycle, from new construction to in-use and refurbishment. At Wildwood Ecology, we can assist you with your BREEAM Land Use and Ecology credits.

What is a Home Quality Mark (HQM) assessment?

The Home Quality Mark (HQM) is a customer- focused, third-party assessment and certification scheme. HQM can be used to assess the environmental, social and economic impacts of new-build homes in England and Wales. It recognises new homes where performance meets best-practice standards that are often significantly above those required by regulation. It defines a rigorous, evidence based, relevant and independent voluntary standard for new homes, and is built on tried and tested processes commonly used in the UK and the rest of the world.