RCZM study local authority planning policy, which is mapped to the Sustainability Appraisal to inform the low-energy and sustainable design objectives, and form the basis of project environmental reports.
RCZM use bioregionalism to identify the unique overall pattern of built, social and natural environment characteristics found in a specific placewith regard to natural systems and capital, built structure and urban physics, movement, economy, physical quality of life and cultural quality of life as a foundation to the strategic brief.
An environmental report by RCZM utilises bioregional analysis to accomplish three main goals; to restore and maintain natural systems, to identify sustainable ways to meet human needs, and support the re-habitation through proactive projects, employment and education.
RCZM are mindful of six principle questions: does the design reduce energy demand, make the most of renewable energy and maximise the efficient use of fossil fuel? Is the design rooted in its locality? Will the design encourage energy saving behaviour? Does the design eschew obsolescence? Is there architectural delight, and is the solution simple?
RCZM report on the energy efficiency of your concept design and the implications of the current and future weather projects until the 2080's, the use of natural resources, bio-climatic responsive urban and spatial design, and the role of efficent, renewable and low energy solutions.
RCZM analyse energy efficiency and implications of the fabric-first approach, the specification, ecology and local sources of materials, the role of thermal mass, natural ventilation, the management of solar gain, the use of controls and the role of landscape.
Design and Access
The DaAS documents planning considerations, site assessment and context, responses to local character, site analysis, the design description and appearance, and sustainability and construction.
Completing a 'PREAPP' allows for aclear understanding of how the future planning application will be judged against the local plan, identify the need for specialist input regarding historic buildings, landscape and planting, contamination and anticipating other regulatory requirements, opens design development dialogue with the planning authority, and ensures that the future application is satisfactorily complete and comprehensive to the expected standard.
Planning applications are the means by which consultations are issued to those who will be impacted by a project. The case officer will make a site visit and then assess the design as a result of the site visit and consultee responses. Alterations to the proposed design can be requested which may lead to re-consultation for an extended period. The design is assessed against local and national planning policy before permission is granted or refused.