TITLE: Conduction of the required reports for BREEAM accreditation for the project “City of Dreams Mediterranean” (Integrated Casino Resort) in Zakaki Area in Limassol.
MINI DESCRIPTION: The main purpose of the Project was to conduct the required reports for BREEAM accreditation for the project “City of Dreams Mediterranean” in Zakaki, Limassol. The conducted reports concerned an ecological assessment, an operational waste assessment and a surface water run-off assessment in order to support the BREEAM application of the development.
CLIENT: Private Sector
REGION: Limassol, Cyprus
TYPE: Environmental Permitting
DURATION: 08/2019 – 12/2019
OTHER PARTNERS: –
DESCRIPTION: BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method) is the world’s first sustainability rating scheme for the built environment, that aims to mitigate the life cycle impacts of buildings on the environment.
BREEAM’s Ecology assessment encourages project teams and facilities managers to reduce and manage impacts on the natural environment and local biodiversity/habitats and identifies opportunities for their enhancement. Assessment issues in this category relate to the use of land of low ecological value, mitigation of impacts and enhancement of identified ecological values, long term ecological and biodiversity management. Furthermore, within the ecological assessment various ways have been assessed in order to maximize the wider benefits to occupants and the broader society through provision of additional amenity and economic value in a manner which is context specific. There are four issues which have been addressed in the framework of the BREEAM’s Ecology category:
- Identification and understanding the risks and opportunities for a project
- Management of negative impacts on habitats and biodiversity
- Enhancement of ecological value
- Long term biodiversity management and maintenance
I.A.CO’s experts carried out the required reports for BREEAM accreditation referring to LE 04 – Enhancing site ecology and LE 05- Long term impact on biodiversity criteria that are included in the BREEAM Technical Manual (2016).
LE 04 criterion – Enhancing site ecology determines that the objective of the Study is to encourage actions taken to enhance the ecological value of the site as a result of the development. This criterion is divided into two parts:
- Ecologist’s report and recommendations, along with a suitably qualified ecologist (SQE) verification report (1 credit)
- Increase in ecological value (2 credits)
LE 05 criterion – Long-term impact on biodiversity determines that the objective of the Study is to minimize the long-term impact of the development on the site and the surrounding area’s biodiversity (2 credits).
Specifically, I.A.CO’s expert carried out the following tasks within the framework of the BREEAM accreditation for the Integrated Casino Resort in Zakaki:
- a) Description of the existing conditions in terms of habitats, flora and fauna species through a desk study and site observations,
- b) Assessment of possible important ecological aspects and
- c) Recommendations on how to enhance the ecology of the site.
The scope of ΒRΕΕΑΜ Operational Waste Report was to develop a general management plan/system for all categories of waste, that are expected to be generated during the operation phase of the development, which aims to ensure the protection of the environment and human health. This will be achieved by preventing or reducing waste production and by providing solutions for appropriate waste management while limiting the overall impact on the use of natural resources. The main objective of the Report was to recognize and encourage the provision of dedicated storage facilities for the casino resort’s operational-related recyclable waste.
Achieving the Wst 03 credit will require the client and contractors to implement the proposed waste management plan and consider the minimum specifications and allowances were given for the recyclable waste storage facilities, labelling, storage location and accessibility. Liaison between the consultant and the architects will also be required.
The surface water run-off assessment followed the “Pol 03 Surface water run-off” of the BREEAM Technical Manual (2016), which aims the avoidance, the reduction and the attenuation of the rainfall discharge to public sewers and watercourses, minimizing the potential environmental impacts. A total of 3 parts with total of 5 credits were used for the assessment of BREEAM Pol 03 and are divided into 3 parts:
- Flood risk (2 credits)
- Surface water run-off (2 credits)
- Minimizing watercourse pollution (1 credit)
Each part is comprised of some criteria which were comprehensively analyzed. The “Flood risk” assessment examined all the potential sources of the development’s flooding (following: fluvial, tidal, surface water, groundwater, sewers, artificial sources and historical flooding). The “Surface water run-off” assessment included the estimation of the peak rate run-off from the site prior and after the construction of the proposed development, taking into account all the proposed sustainable drainage systems (SuDs) and the climate change. The “Minimizing watercourse pollution” assessment is comprised with six criteria which were focused on the prevention of pollution using the appropriate SuDs techniques.