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  • FuturoFirma Sustainability
    Consulting
  • 3 Wellington Park
  • Malone Road
  • Belfast, Northern Ireland
    BT9 6DJ
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  • Tel: +44 (0)28 9092 3305
    Fax: +44 (0)28 9092 3334
  • info@futurofirma.com

Market Sectors

 

Developers and Urban Planners

A sustainable approach strengthens the case for planning consent

 

Integrating sustainability into the design, construction and management of urban spaces, buildings and transport systems can reduce operating and construction costs, maximise health and safety, improve fit, exploit renewable and clean technologies, enhance attractiveness to end users and strengthen the case for planning consent.


There are significant drivers for the integration of sustainability principles in the planning, design and management of structures in the urban and built environment. These include the following:

 

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Cost reduction: A sustainable approach to built environment design and construction will be underpinned by an emphasis on efficiency and low resource consumption. This will result in cost savings in construction and in use and improved value for money both for the developer and end user.

 

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Improved health and safety: A sustainable approach will maximise the desirable attributes of buildings by considering issues of comfort, health, safety, security, etc. By integrating services, structures, open areas, amenities, etc., a sustainable approach will also create natural synergies and contribute to healthier living.

 

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Enhance attractiveness to end users: The low costs, the fit and integration with the local contexts and the minimal environmental impacts are attractive attributes for end users. The investment by developers in sustainable buildings and transport systems is therefore quickly recouped, as a consequence of the resultant higher demand and usage.

 

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Increased likelihood of planning consent: The Planning Reform (Northern Ireland) Orders 2006, places a statutory duty on the Northern Ireland Planning Appeals Commission to evaluate planning applications with the objective of contributing to sustainable development. Therefore developments and designs that integrate and demonstrate sustainability principles will be able to make a stronger case for planning consent.

 

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FuturoFirma can help planners and developers maximise the conformity of their developments with sustainability principles, and measure and report the key sustainability attributes in a way that is credible and verifiable with planning authorities and other stakeholders. In particular;

 

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We provide advice during the planning and design stages, on approaches for minimising adverse environmental and social impacts, improving fit with the local environment, exploiting renewable and sustainable technologies, etc.

 

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We support planners and developers with investment appraisals of energy-efficiency and sustainability initiatives, that consider both financial and non-financial criteria.

 

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We undertake sustainability assessments that robustly demonstrate and report on the sustainability performance of built developments and structures, using globally accepted tools such as BREAM, Code for Sustainable Homes, etc. Amongst other things, a good sustainability assessment can strengthen an application for
planning consent.