Current Projects

EcoHomes Assessments for Social Housing Schemes

EcoHomesEcoHomes is the homes version of BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method). EcoHomes covers houses as well as apartment buildings and can be applied to both new and renovated homes. The EcoHomes scheme balances environmental performance with the need for a high quality of life and a safe and healthy internal environment. The scheme measures the performance of housing developments in eight categories: management, energy, water, pollution, materials, transport, land use and ecology and health and well-being.  All the issues are optional, ensuring EcoHomes is flexible enough to be tailored to a particular development or market. EcoHomes assessments are carried out by independent assessors who are trained and licensed by BRE.

Aulino Wann & Associates have been commissioned by BIH Housing Association to assess the performance of housing schemes in Belfast and Groomsport in relation to their impact on land use and ecology by carrying out an ecological survey and subsequently making recommendations on how to enhance each development site for biodiversity with a view of achieving as high a rating as possible for this performance criterion.

Stream corridor Co. FermanaghHay meadow Co. FermanaghStands of Poplar Populus sp., Co. Tyrone

Local Biodiversity Action Plans for Co. Monaghan and Co. Cavan

Biological diversity is experiencing serious and accelerating losses at international, national and local levels. In 1992 the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (‘the Rio de Janeiro earth summit’) was held resulting in the drawing up of a Convention on Biological Diversity which was opened for signature in 1996. It represents the charter within which nature conservation and other issues relevant to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity must be addressed on a worldwide basis. By becoming a signatory in 1992 to the Convention, Ireland was obliged to implement its provisions relating to the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity.

The National Biodiversity Plan (completed in 2002 by the then Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands) sets out the framework through which Ireland will provide for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity over a five year period. The production of Local Biodiversity Plans by local authorities is a key means to achieving the integration of biodiversity concerns into all relevant sectors.

Aulino Wann & Associates were commissioned by the Heritage Council, Republic of Ireland to compile draft local biodiversity action plans for Co. Cavan and Co. Monaghan. This is a joint project between the Heritage Council and the relevant local authorities.

Kilbogget Park, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Kilbogget Park, Co. DublinAulino Wann & Associates were commissioned to carry out an ecological survey and associated habitat mapping using standard methodologies along a section of river through Kilbogget Park, Dun Laoghaire for Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Co. Council prior to engineering works being carried out as part of a flood attenuation scheme to ensure that no ecological features of importance are affected by the development. Recommendations were made on how to enhance the river corridor for biodiversity.