A new sustainability checklist designed to encourage new homes in Brighton & Hove to be as environmentally-friendly as possible has scooped a prestigious award.
Brighton & Hove City Council won the Royal Town Planning Institute's Sustainable Communities Award for the online checklist , which was introduced in September. The prize was presented at the institute's regional planning awards ceremony, held in Southampton.
The initiative was introduced to encourage builders and developers to build in environmentally-friendly measures into their design. All new planning applications for housing in the city now have to include a sustainability checklist, which covers everything from the efficient use of energy to sustainable building materials. The checklist was drawn up following consultation with architects, planners, builders, developers, community groups and other interested parties, and has been welcomed by the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA).
Council leader Mary Mears said: "A lot of work of has gone into developing the checklist and we are delighted it has received this accolade from the Royal Town Planning Institute.
"Brighton & Hove has a reputation for forward-looking, environmentally-friendly design. The sustainability checklist is designed to build on this and encourage everyone making a planning application for new housing to think about incorporating sustainable features."
There are already a growing number of ‘eco-homes’ in the city, where individual home owners and builders have taken steps to reduce energy, cut water use and help the environment, with measures such solar heating, insulation made from sheep’s wool, and ‘green’ roofs planted with sedum. Thousands of people took the opportunity to visit some of them this summer when they opened their doors for an 'Eco Open Houses' event. Sustainable design has also been a key factor in new public buildings, such as Brighton’s award winning Jubilee Library. The library is one of the most energy efficient public buildings in the country, taking advantage of natural energy provided by the sun and sea breezes for heating and lighting. Rainwater is collected from the roof of the building is used to flush the toilets.
For a copy of the checklist log on to www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/sustainability-checklist
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