Greening the Built Environment – Briefing Paper

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The Benefits of Selecting Ecological Options

This briefing paper has been primarily written to support clients, developers and project teams making design and specification decisions for building or infrastructure developments as well as landlords, facilities management teams and asset managers making maintenance, refurbishment or retrofitting decisions relating to existing buildings and their surroundings.

It highlights the role and benefits that the natural environment and the green and blue (water-based) spaces within it can have in the built environment beyond landscape and nature. As such it aims to overcome the widely held practice of only considering ecological factors where there are statutory requirements or where narrowly defined and often short-term feasibility and viability considerations permit.