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:
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:
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.
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?