An Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) is the initial scoping assessment used to identify any potential ecological constraints to a project. The outcome of which will often determine recommendations for applicable survey and/or mitigation work necessary to adhere to relevant UK and European wildlife laws. Constraints may include European Protected Species, invasive species or nearby statutory designated sites.
The Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) is a widely used tool which addresses a wide-range of environmental and sustainability issues and enables developers and designers to prove the environmental credentials of their buildings to planners and clients. There are several variations of the BREEAM assessments which deal with various building uses including: Offices, Retail, Education and ecoHomes. The Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH) is the national standard for the sustainable design and construction of new homes. It aims to reduce carbon emissions and promote higher standards of sustainable design above the current minimum standards set out by the building regulations.