Building with Nature provides an assessment and accreditation service. There are different levels of support available to suit your needs.
A set of core standards are our starting point. These define the basic approach to green infrastructure. They include alignment with the local policy context and a commitment to long-term maintenance.
Next, there are three key themes: wellbeing, water and wildlife.
Require delivery of health and wellbeing benefits through the green and blue features on the site, making sure they can be easily accessed by people close to where they live and work.
Secure a commitment to improving water quality, on site and in the wider area; reducing the risk of flooding; and managing water naturally for maximum benefit.
Aim to protect and enhance wildlife, creating networks where nature can thrive, and supporting the creation of places which more effectively deliver a net gain for wildlife.
As an applicant for Building with Nature accreditation, there are three possible outcomes: Candidate status, Achieved and Excellent.
It’s possible to apply for an award at any stage in the development process. For phased developments, the award can be granted for each phase as it’s completed. It is also possible to apply for certification of a scheme which has already been built out, or for a policy document which has already been adopted.