Guidelines for Sustainable Development
General Principles/Objectives of Sustainable Development
- Key goals of sustainable development are:-
- Environmentally friendly patterns of activity
- Energy efficiency
- Provision of buildings and areas with lasting quality and character. This relates to design quality, to high standards of comfort and amenity, safety and convenience.
Integrating the principles set out below, at the design stage, can help achieve improved, healthier, safer, energy efficient and resource-conscious working and living environments.
- Orient buildings to exploit sunlight and daylight.
- Design for energy efficient space and water heating incorporating an integrated design approach.
- Adopt simple passive solar design solutions, in the first instance, whose aim is to minimise consumption of fossil based energies.
- Consider active solar and alternative energy systems in buildings and combined heat and power schemes for high density developments.
Transportation and Mobility
- Encourage a reduction in car use and greater use of public transport while maintaining or improving accessibility
- Facilitate walking and cycling, in particular for local journeys.
- Relate new development to the surrounding community facilities and landscape context.
- Harmonise buildings with their surroundings.
- Design for durability and recycling.
- Promote use of recycled materials and materials from renewable sources.
- Generate minimum waste/pollution.
- Use landscaping to enhance the microclimate of a development.
- Provide for bio-diversity in landscape plans.