What is urban biodiversity?

IBPC presents a definition of biodiversity applied to the city.

Diversity of regions / ecosystems

ponds or water sources, terraces, green roofing, interior atriums

Diversity of species

birds, insects, vegetation

Human interactions

Habitat, pathways, work areas, resting points, gardening areas

We develop support tools for city stakeholders to transform, renovate, build and exploit real estate assets by integrating urban biodiversity issues into all phases of a project: the BiodiverCity® standards

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Residential areas and social habitat

EPAD housing, student residences


Headquarters, office premises

Public works

Learning (schools, faculties) health facilities, leisure facilities

Shopping centres

retail parks, other high density zones (stations, airports)

Industry and logistics

logistic platforms, factories, data centres

Urban development

Special planning zones, eco-quarters, activity and leisure parks, major projects

BiodiverCity® Labels

Born in 2013 with one objective, to grow within a structured framework the place given to Biodiversity in the act of building and the real estate professions, the Biodivercity® labels support new construction projects and renovation of the island built in the neighborhood as well as existing sites in an approach favorable to a better Man-Nature balance in cities.

3 labels for 3 approaches favorable to more Biodiversity in the city

Biodivercity® labels are support tools for real estate project leaders, asset managers and urban site operators to act for local biodiversity and create ecological value and biophilic use value.

BiodiverCity® labels adds value to the certified property. It complements international certifications (BREEAM®, LEED® and HQE™), which consider biodiversity features without necessarily adopting an in-depth assessment of the same.

Evaluates and promotes construction operations that take account and promote biodiversity in building blocks of benefit of urban residents.

Notes, displays and improves the performance of existing assets with regards to their level of consideration of biodiversity for the benefit of living things and their occupants.

Evaluates and promotes neighborhood development operations that take into account and promote biodiversity in urban projects for benefit of residents.



The strengths of our BiodiverCity® labels

Being accompanied by an ecologist: a network of ecologists with verified ecological skills supports 
projects to rethink the place given to living things.

Rely on operational technical benchmarks: a method built with biodiversity experts around objectives and 
actions to make a biodiversity approach operational in a project.

Mobilize stakeholders for the success of the project: service providers involved in the success of the project 
and the biodiversity bias for a collective project.

Rely on a demanding process but adapted to the project: propose a labeling process adaptable to the project and rigorous.

Involve users and residents: create nature experiences, reconnect residents and users with the living world.

Axe 1


Commitment / Project manager

Adopting a biodiversity strategic plan tailored to the construction project

  • Gain in-depth knowledge of the biodiversity of the site
  • Establish an action plan and an execution timetable
  • Share commitment and knowledge

Axe 2

Available resources

The project / Project management (architects and designers)

Designing an ecological architecture

  • Define an “ecological bias” adapted to the context
  • Design facilities adapted for living

Axe 3

Evaluate ecological advantages

Ecological potential / Ecologist

Optimising the ecological output of the project in terms of its urban, suburban or rural environment

  • Preserve natural elements available in the project and on site as much as possible
  • Maximise useful biotopes and ecological functionalities

Axe 4

Benefits for users

Use / Users

Highlighting expected benefits for users’ well-being

  • Display expected biodiversity on the site
  • Offer nature related services for users of the building
  • Optimise benefits expected

The tag

Much like an energy efficiency tag, the labels assesses and rates ecological performance based on the 4 elements. Each element is independently rated from “A” to “E”, the “A” representing excellence in implementation of issues raised.

The labels can be obtained as long as the score is not a “D” or “E” and with at least an “A” in one of the other elements.