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Approved Assessor Training

We are running a series of 2-day courses, with associated examinations, that qualify you to become an Approved Assessor, at both pre- and post-construction stages.

What is the role of the Assessor?

Design teams, developers and planners wishing to pursue assessment and accreditation, will need to work with an approved Building with Nature Assessor. 

The Assessor will work with those seeking accreditation at the early stages of project development and design to implement the Building with Nature framework. At this stage, an applicant is eligible for Design accreditation. The Assessor will also help demonstrate compliance with the Building with Nature Standards as the scheme progresses to secure full accreditation at the 'Good' or 'Excellent' level, complete a post-construction check, and if successful, support the scheme in their application for a National Award.

Why get qualified?

As one of the first qualified Building with Nature Assessors in the UK, you will:

1)    Develop new skills: Gain an understanding of the characteristics of high-quality green infrastructure are and how to apply them in your sector

2)    Add commercial value: Introduce an attractive additional service to your existing consultancy

3)    Increase competitive advantage: Only Approved Assessors can support Building with Nature Accreditation – you would be one of the first!

What do I get as an Assessor?

1)    Support from Building with Nature - dedicated technical support from Building with Nature Auditor team for each assessment you carry out

2)    Membership of Approved Assessor network - day to day support from those carrying out a similar role, plus an annual face-to-face forum

3)    No additional fees - Unlike other assessor or accreditation schemes, this is a one-off fee, without requirement for payment for further training, refresher courses or subscriptions

Who should get qualified?

Assessor training is suitable for landscape architects, ecologists, engineers, public health practitioners, and other built environment professionals with full or chartered membership of one or more of the following bodies: Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, Landscape Institute, Royal Town Planning Institute, Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.

Tell me more about the assessor training courses...

Both days of the two day course are required to become an approved Building with Nature Assessor.

The course combines presentations and interactive workshops. Your assessment includes a short group presentation and a multiple-choice exam on the second day of the course. Following the course you will also need to complete a trial assessment. On completion of the course and assessments you will be qualified and can act as an Approved Building with Nature Assessor.

Course dates and locations

Select a date and location that suits you, and follow the link to make your booking:

3-4 July 2019 - Birmingham

4-5 September 2019 - London

6-7 November 2019 - Glasgow

8-9 January 2020 - Bristol

Orientation Session

We also offer a half-day (4 hours) ‘orientation session’ which involves a bespoke presentation to a group or individuals and covers the following:

-          The basics of high-quality green infrastructure, why it is important in masterplanning, placemaking and landscape design

-          An explanation of Building with Nature and how can it be applied to improve the outcomes of your business/the business of your clients

-          A tour of the Building with Nature standards framework, including key content, differences between the levels of accreditation, and how the mechanism for accrediting works

-          Case Study review of a Building with Nature accredited scheme, what makes the difference in a high-quality scheme?

-          FAQs and common pitfalls when it comes to green infrastructure design, implementation, and long-term management and maintenance

The cost of an orientation session is £400 + VAT, and includes travel and expenses up to £50 (train travel or equivalent mileage).


Read our article in the TCPA journal special edition: Mainstreaming Green Infrastructure

In the May 2019 edition of the Town and Country Planning Association journal, guest editor Professor Alister Scott looks at ways to mainstream green infrastructure through the planning system.

Using case studies from around the world, this special edition of the TCPA monthly journal explores academic, policy and practice articles to signpost how green infrastructure can be better configured, communicated and employed to deliver responsible placemaking.

In his foreword, Professor Scott, Chairperson of the Building with Nature Standards Board and a leading researcher in green infrastructure policy and practice, argues that the movement towards widespread acceptance of nature-based solutions is stuck in a rudimentary phase, noting that there is still 'widespread resistance to making things happen on the ground'.

This edition looks at the reasons why the movement towards widespread green infrastructure has stalled and how we might start to address these fundamental weaknesses through the planning system.

Our article (2019, pp. 161-165) explains how the Building with Nature framework was developed as an aid to specifying what is meant by, and consequently delivering, high-quality green infrastructure.


Building with Nature standards Board

Building with Nature is delighted to announce the appointment of the organisation’s Standards Board. Eleven additional members join the Chair, Professor Alister Scott, and will act as the guardian body for the Building with Nature standards.  

The Chair, Alister Scott was appointed in Autumn 2018.  The other members are as follows:

Julia Thrift, Town and Country Planning Association

Clare Warburton, Natural England

Helen Wakeham, Environment Agency

Anna Rose, Planning Advisory Service

Nick Rogers, Taylor Wimpey

Jan Bessell, Pinsent Masons

Mike Roberts, Vertigo

Richard Blyth, Royal Town Planning Institute

Sue Young, Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts

Paul Barnard, Plymouth City Council

Peter Madden, Building with Nature

Chair of Building with Nature Standards Board, Professor Scott, says “I am privileged to chair the Standards Board which is stacked with expertise and experience across the built and natural environment professions and sectors.  The creation of a standards board helps ensure that Building with Nature Standards are revised, where appropriate; are fit for purpose and thus enable developers, planners and other interested stakeholders to understand and champion what good green infrastructure looks like, raising the bar on development quality and integrity”.

26 March 2019

Building with Nature Board

Building with Nature is delighted to announce the appointment of the organisation’s Board. Four additional members join the Chair, Professor Peter Madden OBE, and will be responsible for steering Building with Nature as it enters its next phase of growth.  

The Chair, Professor Madden was appointed in July 2018.  The other members are as follows:

Clare Hebbes, Director of Place and Urban Infrastructure at Lendlease, who has previously worked on the redevelopment of King’s Cross, and Battersea Power Station. 

Roger Mortlock, CEO of the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, who was previously Deputy Director of the Soil Association and Chair of the Food for Life Partnership. 

Nigel Riglar, Director for Environment and Community Services at South Gloucestershire and 1st Vice President of ADEPT, who was previously the Commissioning Director for Communities and Infrastructure at Gloucestershire County Council and Stroud District Council’s Deputy Chief Executive.

Alexandra Willey, Head of Regeneration Projects at Clarion Housing Group, who previously headed up the sustainability team at Affinity Sutton and was a Trustee for the UK Green Building Council. 

Chair of Building with Nature Board, Professor Madden, says:

“I’m delighted to have such a fantastic Board with such rich experience to oversee Building with Nature. We intend to make it the go-to framework for green infrastructure in the UK”.

15 February 2019

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Building with Nature were awarded RTPI’s Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement in September 2018. This award recognises the research and stakeholder engagement by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and University of the West of England which revealed that uncertainty surrounds what constitutes high quality green infrastructure, and the inconsistency of delivery as a result. The outcome of the research was the creation of the Building with Nature benchmark which addresses the gap between policy aspirations and practical delivery.