The Future of Sustainable HousingJuly 7th, 2015
With the Code for Sustainable Homes almost a decade old, its practices should now be firmly embedded in the plans of any property developer looking to build housing structures anywhere around the United Kingdom. However, the Code itself has been cause of much debate from many corners of both the housing and environmental industries since its inception, with discussions surrounding the best practice in ensuring the homes being build were actually sustainable – an extremely multi-faceted issue, and one that it is still prevalent in 2015.
However, as we move ever closer towards the century’s third decade, many believe that we are on the right pathway to finding a formula that works across the board. Companies such as ourselves here at Southern Ecological Solutions take a firm interest in these matters as we look to ensure that we are providing our customers with the best practice in these issues, and it appears that a more localised approach to sustainability is now being championed as the most progressive way forward for both conservationists and developers alike.
With the right help and support from experts based in local areas, companies are now able to achieve this ‘new standard’ of sustainability. Each particular development assessed can be assessed on an individual basis, with specific local circumstances being taken into account to ensure that the Code’s ethics are being upheld, but none of the exact demands of the local ecosystems are overlooked – a much more controlled approach, but one that with nevertheless prove beneficial in the long run.
Using a more localised approach, critical factors will be able to be addressed in greater detail. For example, the resilience levels that the properties may need from adverse or extreme weather systems that could frequent areas during high points of each season need to be taken into account. At Southern Ecological Solutions, we are able to use our research compiled about the areas we cover to provide developers with a clearer idea of the precautions they need to take in order to keep the sustainability at a suitable level.
From an environmental perspective, there are also huge benefits – through using our knowledge of the ecosystems that populate spaces around the South East of England, we can ensure that there is an increased level of biodiversity rather than a reduced one, as is often the case when open spaces of grassland make way for property developments.
For more information on sustainable homes and the work we do to assist developers in building them, get in touch with one of our team and we’ll be happy to provide some industry insight into the services we provide.