Environmental checklist for development

• Is it proposed that there will be consultation with the local community at the design stage?

• Has every attempt been made either to develop on a brownfield site or reuse an existing building?

• Will the proposed development achieve the highest standards in terms of energy efficiency and the conservation of natural resources?

• Will consideration be given to the production of on-site electricity from renewable sources?

• Has the opportunity to use recycled materials been explored?

• Is the proposed development capable of being adapted to other uses in the future?

• Will it achieve optimum standards of comfort for its inhabitants?

• Does the proposal achieve an appropriate density for its location?

• Has the potential for a mixed development on the site been realised?

• Does the proposal involve significant investment in landscaping?

• Does the proposed development make a significant contribution to the economic and social well-being of the community?

• Does the proposed development have access to a range of public transport options?

• Will the proposed development make a significant addition to the amenity of the wider area and does it pose any threat to the amenity of its immediate neighbours?

• Will the development be in harmony with the wider built environment?

• Is it proposed that the design process will, from the start, be a collaborative enterprise involving all the design professions?

• Have steps been taken to ensure that the development will not adversely affect the micro-climate, for example by downdraughts or funnelling of wind?

• Will the proposed development contain areas of public access or create new pedestrian routes?

These recommendations and checklists are intended to give a flavour of the challenges which face all who are associated with the design and production of buildings over the next decades. They should be viewed in a positive light since they offer an unprecedented range of development and design opportunities.

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable. The usage of renewable energy sources is very important when considering the sustainability of the existing energy usage of the world. While there is currently an abundance of non-renewable energy sources, such as nuclear fuels, these energy sources are depleting. In addition to being a non-renewable supply, the non-renewable energy sources release emissions into the air, which has an adverse effect on the environment.

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