We can help you gain environmental credits with detailed and highly accurate flood risk reports
Getting your development accredited as sustainable and environmentally conscious can have a number of benefits. Our flood risk reports can be tailored for use in specific applications for national standard environmental accreditations using the BREEAM codes for commercial, new construction, and residential developments.
The environmental requirements for developments to achieve BREEAM certification
In high flood risk areas, the Flood Risk Assessment for the planning application must satisfy the local planning authority and statutory body. This means the development must be designed to deal efficiently with surface water run-off and reduce the risk of localised flooding.
In low flood risk areas, the development must allow for safe access and escape routes if it flood and use construction methods that are resilient to flooding.
How we can help with environmental credits
We can assess the risk to your site, advise you on any potential design issues, and compile a tailored risk assessment report. This report will satisfy the local planning policy and will include a surface water run-off assessment to satisfy the relevant components of BREEAM.
If you’re interested in achieving BREEAM certification for your development, make sure to mention it during your initial consultation with our specialists and they can advise you on what exactly you’ll need to achieve the required environmental credits.
Get in contact with us today on +44 (0) 1273 006 900 or request a free quote and one of our friendly specialists will be in touch
How long does a flood risk assessment for BREEAM certification take?
The data required for the relevant flood risk analysis comes from the Environmental Agency (EA) or relevant governing body. The EA has a statutory 20 working days turnaround for all enquires, including data. This can sometimes be shortened if their workload is low, but generally it takes the full 20 days. Other governing bodies tend to work to a similar timescale.
Once we get the data, we then have to conduct analysis using in-house GIS software. The data is then reviewed by our team of qualified consultants and then passed on to you. Together, we’ll examine how the design proposal or asset may be at risk of flooding before we proceed with finishing the report and sending it to you.
There is the option to fast-track the report if you’re looking to get your planning application validated with away. However, the final timescale is still primarily determined by the time it takes us to receive the relevant data.
Our flood risk services form a vital part of the environmental accreditations process by
- Making the right decisions regarding environmental development
- Reassuring clients and customers that you’re meeting requirements for environmental sustainability
- Meeting compliance requirements and demonstrate your commitment to the environment