BREEAM Assessment for Midlands Prison, Portlaoise 

Client: Glenbeigh Construction Ltd

Recording aquatic invertebrates from a nearby stream, photo by Simon Barron

BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methods) is an assessment and certification scheme that is widely considered best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation. It measures a building’s environmental performance, in categories ranging from energy to ecology.

In 2011, BEC Consultants produced a BREEAM ecology report in relation to the development of an extension to the Midlands Prison, Portlaoise.  The report was based upon a botanical survey, incidental fauna recording and kick-sampling of a nearby stream and clearly outlined the recommended actions for fulfilment of the BREEAM assessment criteria.