Gone are the days of living in a set housing plot.  Gone are the days of working in a drab, stuffy and uninspiring office.  Today we have a greater understanding of how a building works.  We, the occupants, can now experience a building that makes a positive contribution into our lives, benefiting more from just the four walls and the bricks and mortar.  Times are changing.  Buildings are evolving.  A building revolution is beginning and Living Logic is part of that revolution.


Sustainability can be defined under three dimensions – economic, social and environmental.  Under the National Planning Policy Framework these dimensions give rise to the need for the planning system to perform a number of roles:

An economic role – contributing to building a strong, responsive and competitive economy, ensuring that sufficient land of the right type is available in the right places at the right time to support growth and innovation;  identifying and coordinating development requirements, including the provision of infrastructure;

A social role – supporting strong, vibrant and healthy communities, by providing the supply of housing required to meet the needs of present and future generations;  creating a high quality built environment, with accessible local services that reflect the community’s needs and support its health, social and cultural well-being; and

An environmental role – contributing to protecting and enhancing our natural, built and historic environment;  helping to improve biodiversity, use natural resources prudently, minimise waste and pollution, and mitigate and adapt to climate change including moving to a low-carbon economy.

Development sustainably

Each individual building plays an integral role in achieving sustainable development.  Living Logic can therefore ensure that a building is designed with sustainability in mind by:

  • Using sustainable building materials and reduce the use of finite resources
  • Implementing techniques to reduce the requirement for heating and cooling
  • Reducing energy and water usage
  • Where energy is required, it is from a renewable source or via a low-carbon technology
  • Reducing pollution and waste during construction and post-construction operation, and
  • Improving the local biodiversity of each development and reducing surface water run-off

The benefits are not only improved internal comfort levels and lowered associated running costs, experienced by the building’s occupants/owners, but also enhanced external environments experienced by the local community and local and wider ecosystems, lasting throughout the building’s lifetime.

Tomorrow’s buildings today, making sound economic sense

Although the financial costs involved to reach these standards may be marginally higher, it is certainly increasingly more common for developments created with sustainability in mind to be valued at a higher financial price.

With the Government reiterating its commitment for all new homes to be zero carbon by 2016, changes to housing design will have to be made to achieve these levels, as well as in conjunction with the improvements of building standards.

For new non-domestic buildings zero carbon will become a requirement in 2019.  However businesses are now ever more conscious about their environmental profile, so the option of a more sustainable building from which to conduct their operations is certainly more appealing, especially with the added bonus of improved comfort levels being associated with increased staff productivity levels.

To build tomorrow’s buildings today makes sound economic sense, with sustainability improving performance and efficiency of a building and lowering associated running costs.  The benefits are also seen in physical and social terms by providing a more positive and healthier space, whether it is at the work place or in the home.

To think of the bigger picture and develop something with a longer-term value now is surely a price worth paying?