Do you know when a great crested newt hibernates or when a white-clawed crayfish is releasing its young? Knowing what species is protected and notable is one challenge when a development site is chosen, but understanding the optimum time to survey is another. Ecology is one of the most complicated aspects of the planning process, and many an application has fallen at the first hurdle due to the ecological issues on a site not being addressed. An ecological assessment by a suitably qualified ecologist will not only help with your planning requirements, it can add extra credits in terms of BREEAM

The WELL Building Standard™ (WELL) was once again top of the agenda and generating a significant amount of interest at a seminar last week which attracted a range of stakeholders from across the commercial building sector.  This new system for measuring, certifying and monitoring the performance of building features that impact health and wellbeing is very much in its infancy, however there was a palpable buzz amongst attendees at the Healthy Buildings Conference.

Sceptics among us might say that we don’t need another building standard, but when you consider that we spend over 90% of our time indoors, it would seem prudent that the physical places where we live, work and play should be built for health and wellness. The WELL Building Standard™ (WELL) is the first building standard to focus on just that – the health and wellness of the people in buildings – and is set to become the benchmark across the globe.