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 have established indicators to ensure that all these aspects are taken into account at every stage of a construction project.

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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

The BiodiverCity® label was made for you!

The label

The BiodiverCity® label concerns all urban development projects on an urban, suburban or natural site. The indicators are all the more relevant when a building is comprised of users and significant outdoor spaces. It becomes a tool for risk mitigation, or a technical solution in some sensitive sites.

The indicators apply to construction operations that aim for excellence in terms of sustainable construction, ecology or brand image, particularly if it includes vegetation and gardens on or near the site.

The BiodiverCity® label assess and rates the performance of construction projects that take biodiversity into account. Drawing on an innovative approach that combines organic features and construction, it aims to promote the design and construction of a new kind of building system that reserves an important place for nature in the city.

The BiodiverCity® label 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.

The four elements of performance

To assess performance of urban projects in relation to biodiversity, BiodiverCity® relies on a multi-criteria approach. A number of key success factors have been identified that take into account the multiple aspects of a construction operation.

The assessment is conducted based on 4 main elements, subdivided into 27 issues and 63 objectives to aim for through specific actions.

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 label 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 label 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.