Our vision is for a built environment industry that acts as a source of recovery. This is vital if we are to reverse the damage that has already been done to biodiversity. The sector must not just aim to protect nature, but restore it.
This means we continually develop standards to ensure meaningful benefits locally, avoid unacceptable losses whilst being transparent and ethical.
How BREEAM supports biodiversity:
- Developing strategies that restore and protect biodiversity.
- Aligning with initiatives such as the SDG’s to help apply high-level nature protection principles.
- Through nature to improve the health and wellbeing of building users.
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Biodiversity in context
World leaders have made ambitious commitments to protect the natural world in the coming years, including the protection of 30% of the Earth’s lands and oceans by 2030. The post-2020 global biodiversity framework aims to transform society’s relationship with biodiversity to ensure that we in harmony with nature by 2050.
To make this happen, all sectors need to do their part. BREEAM provides a tangible pathway for the built environment to apply high level policies in practice.
Biodiversity in BREEAM
BREEAM’s strategy towards the natural environment is based on the following propositions:
Experience of reducing the impact of the built environment in 89 countries
Natural systems are inherently complex. BREEAM uses consistent principles that are applied globally to make sure that benchmarks are meaningful, while recognising local expertise.
BREEAM is ideally placed to provide global approaches from Europe, the US and China, customers across the world and experience from certified buildings in over 80 countries.
With increased urbanisation, ecosystems become more fragmented and populations of species more vulnerable to local extinctions.
BREEAM supports connectivity and ecological networks by encouraging stakeholders to consider the wider zone of influence, the value of wildlife corridors and features that can support local species and ecosystems.
Driving nature recovery with the built environment
BREEAM already provides a pathway towards ecological protection, enhancement and recovery by following the mitigation hierarchy and delivering a meaningful net-benefit for biodiversity.
Strategic Ecology Framework
BREEAM has worked with stakeholders, including professional bodies and experts in ecology and landscape architecture to produce a consistent framework for approaching ecological protection and enhancement across lifecycle stages and sectors. BREEAM’s approach to the natural environment builds upon the Strategic Ecology Framework (SEF) to develop principles and evolve its approach to ecology across the world by recognising local policies and pushing further to go beyond mitigation towards a focus on biodiversity net-gain and nature recovery.
Train with BREEAM
Train with us to provide built environment sustainability solutions and learn how to support projects in achieving their biodiversity goals.
Our BREEAM training courses teach you how to use the world’s leading green building tool to achieve sustainability success. Millions of assets all over the world are registered with BREEAM and starting their journey to sustainability success.
BREEAM Case studies
Browse the latest case studies from BREEAM
IKEA Greenwich was designed and built with sustainability at its core, reflecting IKEA’s people and planet positive ambition
Highest scoring BREEAM 2014 Refurbishment and Fit-out project in the world creating a workplace that truly benefits people and the planet
With an overall score of 99.4% New Logic III delivers exceptionally high performance – The Tube, Netherlands
Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP, Constructed above Charing Cross station, it is the first air rights building in the UK