Built environment

How towns and cities are planned, how buildings are built and the environmental considerations of the spaces around them and the materials used, are some of the most impactful decisions to be made for the benefit of the planet.

A focus on the built environment sits under the UN Sustainability Goals which are focussed on achieving a fair, just and sustainable world for everyone across the planet. Goal 11 relates to sustainable cities and communities. The website below includes information on the reasons for the goal, the targets and further links for resources. It also has good infographics and links to the other sustainability goals, which are of course all related. Following on from UN Goal 11 for sustainable cities the World Green Building Council is a network of global councils promoting sustainable building development. The website has information on what makes a green building and how to achieve greener buildings and links to the green building councils around the world. The London Plan is still yet to be published but the draft and the draft guidance can be downloaded here and the progress can be monitored. The plan when it is published will affect building developments throughout London.

For more information on how to be green in your home, check out our Green Homes page.

UN Sustainable Development Goals: Goal 11

Goal 11 is to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. This talks to the need to look beyond architecture and urbanisation in to making cities work better for now and the future.

World Green Building Council

London Plan

The formal document to which building and development in London should adhere to to meet sustainability goals.

(Note that the new London plan is due to be published in 2020.)


Bromley Local Implementation Plan (LIP)

Local Implementation Plan 3 is available to download from Bromley’s website here. This document, approved by the Mayor of London in 2019 sets out Bromley’s plan for transport and infrastructure in the short and long term. It anticipates a population increase and concludes that therefore transport options must be configured to allow people to better use cycling and public transport to get around as if the population increase is matched with a personal vehicle increase there will be gridlock. The document explains the aims and objectives of Bromley Council for achieving better transportation in Bromley.

London Energy Transformation Initiative

A design guide as to how buildings should be designed to meet climate change targets.

RIBA Climate Challenge

Aimed at architects to sign up to to meet the climate challenges for 2030

Urban Design Group

Adapting the Building For Life 12 pointers to the Building for a Healthy Life.

Good toolkit for adoption by local councils to their planning regulations.

Bromley Council Supplementary Planning Guidance

Currently undergoing consultation until 5th October 2020.

Part L of the Building Regulations

These are the current regulations that all buildings being worked on must adhere to. Essential for anyone doing work to their own house or planning a development.

These are updated regularly, a new part L is anticipated next year which will work towards the aim that by 2025 no new buildings will be able to have gas appliances.

Consultation stage guidance on new approved docments for Part L

The approved documents give guidance on how to achieve Part L compliance. The existing documents are dated 2013. These documents are in consultation currently.

A look ahead to the future requirements of part L.

Designing Buidlings Wiki

A useful encyclopedia of building terms.