Course: Building with Nature - Approved Assessor Training

Building with Nature

Either 9th-10th May 2022 or 13th-14th July 2022

Cost: £900 + VAT

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology, sustainability

This 2-day online course, with associated desk based coursework, qualifies you to become an Approved Building with Nature Assessor.

Available dates:

9-10 May 2022
13-14 July 2022

What is Building with Nature?

The UK is building hundreds of thousands of new homes and enhancing thousands of existing communities and there is a growing emphasis on the need for quality place-making, healthy communities and development that delivers benefits for the natural world.

Building with Nature is the UK’s first green infrastructure benchmark. It provides a framework of quality standards, an assessment and accreditation service, and national awards recognising the design and delivery of high-quality green infrastructure.

Developers can apply to have their scheme assessed, and planners can apply to have their policy document accredited. Building with Nature offers accreditation at both pre- and post-construction stages, to showcase what best practice looks like at each stage of the green infrastructure life-cycle. We encourage assessment and accreditation for different types of residential and commercial development, and at various scales.

Watch our introductory video to see and hear how Building with Nature is helping clients put nature at the heart of development, available here:

What is the role of the Assessor?

Design teams, developers and planners wishing to pursue assessment and accreditation, will need to work with an approved Building with Nature Assessor. The Assessor works with those seeking accreditation at the early stages of project design to implement the Building with Nature framework. At this stage, an applicant is eligible for Design Award. The Assessor will also verify compliance with the Building with Nature standards as the project progresses to secure a Full Award, complete a post-construction check, and if successful, support the project in their application for a National Award.

Why become qualified?

As a qualified Building with Nature Assessor, you will:

  1. Develop new skills: Gain an understanding of the characteristics of high-quality green infrastructure and how to apply them in your sector
  2. Add commercial value: Introduce an attractive and in-demand additional service to your existing consultancy
  3. Increase competitive advantage: Only Approved Assessors can assess and apply for Building with Nature accreditation

What do I get as an Assessor?

  1. Support from Building with Nature - dedicated technical support from Building with Nature team for each assessment you carry out
  2. Membership of Approved Assessor network - day to day support from those carrying out a similar role, access to further training and CPD opportunities plus an annual forum
  3. Support from Building with Nature with business development, marketing and communications

Who should get qualified?

Assessor training is suitable for landscape architects, ecologists, engineers, public health practitioners, and other built environment professionals with full or chartered membership of one or more of the following bodies: Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, Landscape Institute, Royal Town Planning Institute, Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.

Tell me more about the assessor training course...

This is a two-day course followed by a further day desk based study, to be completed within 1 month of the two-day course. All 3 days are required to become an approved Building with Nature Assessor.

The course combines presentations and interactive workshops. Your assessment includes a short group presentation during the course, and following the course you will also need to complete a trial assessment. On completion of the course and desk based trial assessment you will be qualified and can act as an Approved Building with Nature Assessor.

For more information about the Building with Nature framework, to view case studies, or contact regarding Assessor training go to:

Find out more