New developments should reduce their contribution to climate change and mitigate for the anticipated impacts in the future. This category considers flood risk, energy and water efficiency, renewable energy provision and building services.
Master plan proposals should include consideration of the efficient use of resources, including water, materials and waste in construction, operation and demolition. This category considers land use and remediation, materials selection, waste management, energy/water use and Modern Methods of Construction.
This category considers how development proposals respond to the need for new residents to access facilities and amenities without recourse to the private car. The following issues are considered: walkable neighbourhoods, cycle networks, improved public transport provision, Green Travel Plans and transport during construction.
Development proposals should conserve the existing ecological value of the site and take maximum advantage of opportunities for enhancement. This category covers issues including maintaining/enhancing habitat species, green corridors, ground/water pollution and planting schemes.
New developments should provide opportunities for businesses to serve the locality and provide jobs for residents. This category covers issues such as inward investment, local employment, knowledge sharing and sustainable charters.
This category aims to ensure that new developments support a vibrant community which can integrate with surrounding areas. Issues covered include social impact assessment, community engagement, sustainable lifestyles, community facilities management, sustainable lifestyles and affordable housing.
This section provides a framework for ensuring the design of a development which draws from the local context and heritage. Issues covered include site selection, defensible place, legibility, active frontages, accessible play and green space, Secured by Design and density.
This category ensures that the design of individual buildings contributes to the sustainability of the overall development through high environmental standards. This category covers assessment under the Code for Sustainable and/or specific BREEAM schemes e.g. Offices, Retail, Healthcare etc.