IBPC presents a definition of biodiversity applied to the city.
We have established indicators to ensure that all these aspects are taken into account at every stage of a construction project.
EPAD housing, student residences
Headquarters, office premises
Learning (schools, faculties) health facilities, leisure facilities
retail parks, other high density zones (stations, airports)
logistic platforms, factories, data centres
Special planning zones, eco-quarters, activity and leisure parks, major projects
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.
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.
Adopting a biodiversity strategic plan tailored to the construction project
Designing an ecological architecture
Optimising the ecological output of the project in terms of its urban, suburban or rural environment
Highlighting expected benefits for users’ well-being
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.