The built environment has a direct impact on the natural environment, the economy and human health and wellbeing. We can activity improve buildings by achieving comfort through passive design strategies and promoting a holistic approach to environmental design using a strategy with the explicit aim of grounding the three pillars of sustainable design and the impact of their intended outcomes;
"meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs"
The design strategy should always incorporate the three pillars that support a project eco-system for design that assists regeneration and renewal within project and enhances the quality of life of all users, while also promoting social inclusion.The National Planning Policy framework states;
Social quality of life, accessibility, community benefits and connectivity
Environmental passive design, CO2 reduction and protection of natural resources
Economic viability and whole life value
The resulting design should be developed in accordance with polices that are identified as specific to the project to demonstrate performance and compliance with national planning policy framework. Designing for building performance as a precursor to compliance identifies where Building Regulations will ensure social, environmental and economic performance is both monitored and achieved throughout the RIBA Plan of Works.
'Sustainable development should be seen as a golden thread running through both plan making and decision taking. Local planning authorities should plan positively for new development, and approve all individual proposals wherever possible’
The RCZM project eco-system helps bring together holistic development principles to ensure all elements of sustainable development are identified and considered through out the delivery and occupancy process in delivering information that receives BREEAM credits for Man, Hea, Ene, Wat, Mat, Wst and Pol.
Statement of Needs
Design and Access Statement that includes site analysis, principles of construction, site waste management plan, in-use waste management plan
Character assessment toolkit that includes buildings, external space, views, landscaping, light/dark and noise/smell
Landscape, ecology and SUD strategy
Water conservation strategy
Flood risk report
Archaeology, history and geology report
Contamination and soil conditions report
Drainage and infrastructure strategy
Arboricultural tree report
Transport and travel plan report
Natural resources impact report that includes the energy strategy, passive design analysis, ventilation strategy, materials resource principles, waste management strategy and water conservation analysis
MEP services and energy strategy