the best guarantee that your new or renovated building is biodiversity friendly

The Biodivercity label certifies the action taken to address all biodiversity-related issues in the different stages of a real estate project.

Biodivercity is designed for all public and private, non-residential property stakeholders, whatever their size and whatever the type of building to be constructed or renovated: offices, retail outlet, warehouse, hotel, hospital, care home, childcare centre, school, campus, museum, library or stadium, etc.

Biodivercity is especially designed for buildings with (or who will have) large outdoor areas, on the ground or on the building. It can be applied in Construction or Renovation.

Its scope of analysis includes:

  • the diversity of ecosystems: wall, patio, balcony, green roof, water feature, garden or atrium, etc.
  • the diversity of species: plants, birds or insects, etc.
  • the human aspect: spaces for living, working and relaxing, garden areas, etc.

A label issued by the CIBI association, after audits by Certivea

The Biodivercity scheme was developed by the International Biodiversity and Property Council (CIBI)1, whose mission is to design and construct buildings that give greater importance to nature. Certivea is a member of this association.

The label is based on a multicriteria approach organised around four key areas, which go beyond the requirements of the Biodiversity theme of HQE Sustainable Building certification:

· Project owner’s commitment to pursuing a biodiversity strategy

· Means implemented by the project owner for ecological architecture

· Assessment of the ecological benefits, requiring the intervention of an ecologist

· Benefits for users: the services associated with biodiversity that improve the wellbeing of users.

It is the CIBI, not Certivea, that issues the Biodivercity label. Certivea acts as an independent auditor, while also acting as a one-stop-shop for clients interested in several labels.

The Biodivercity family is to be extended with new labels for the operation of buildings and land planning. As an auditor, Certivea will also be involved in these new labels.

More about Environment Labels

Correlation with key public policy, business and investor indicators

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • Significant contribution to SDG 15 (life on land)
  • Some contribution to SDGs 3 (good health and well-being) and 11 (sustainable cities and communities)

EU Green Taxonomy objectives

  • Contribution to the “The protection and restoration of biodiversity” objective

EU Level(s) indicators

  • N/A

Biodivercity : When? How? What cost? What score?

Recommended phase for labelling entry

  • Design

Contact with an Assessor

  • Compulsory contact with a CIBI-approved biodiversity expert, who will act as expert consulting engineer, advisor and assessor

Contact with Certivea during the labelling process

Contact with your Certivea correspondant by e-mail or phone

Scoring scale

  • Scoring from A to E for the performance of each of the label’s four key areas
  • To obtain the Biodivercity label, an A score is required in at least one of the four areas, with neither a D nor an E in any other areas

Information on label

  • Once the building is constructed, information may be circulated, with no time limit, on the label issued by the CIBI

Amount paid to Certivea for checking compliance with the Biodivercity scheme

  • Depends on project and total surface area
  • €5.000 excl. tax on average
  • Price includes the cost of the auditor, an independent third party commissioned and paid by Certivea.

Biodivercity label audited by Certivea: key stages