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T11: Sustainable Places & Buildings

Creating sustainable buildings and places is at the heart of the national policy. In particular, there is a high priority on moving to a low carbon economy and mitigating climate change, as demonstrated by the Climate Change Act  2008 and the Low Carbon Transition Plan. For example, the Act sets out that it is the duty of the Secretary of State to ensure that the net UK carbon account for 2050 is 80% lower than 1990 levels. Planning is central to the achievement of these objectives.

Large scale development projects can offer significant opportunities to deliver innovative environmental measures drawing together site wide sustainable design, infrastructure planning and higher sustainability standards for new buildings and places. The scale of projects can offer significant opportunities to address a range of core policy imperatives and facilitate exemplar solutions. Such projects are also likely to be delivered over many years and as such will need to be able to respond to tighter environmental control in years to come. 

The topic area is vast and fast moving. Policy, guidance and regulations are evolving, as is technology to deliver on the objectives. What is clear is the prominence of the topic area in the decision making process, and the commitment to deliver the objectives, and this will undoubtedly increase further as issues related to climate change and the human impact on the planet rise further up the political and consumer agenda.

This topic guide introduces: 

  • the strategic policy context around planning, development and environmentally sustainable matters including the role of the NPPF the Code for Sustainable Homes including ‘zero carbon development’ and Building Regulations in bringing about a step change in the environmental performance of new places and buildings; 
  • the potential range of key stakeholders that may be involved at a project specific level, their roles and responsibilities; and 
  • the key resource issues involved in relation to environmental factors covered by this paper, namely: energy, water, materials use and waste.

Last Updated on Thursday 29/03/2012 - 12:03PM

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Advisory Team for Large Applications (ATLAS), 2014