Building for Life
OPUN is in a unique position to be working closely with Design for Homes and Design Council CABE in piloting the revised Building for Life (BfL) standards, due for launch in July.
This methodology played an important role in securing better housing standards in the past. The updated version aims to support the previous BfL ideals whilst responding to the localism agenda and updated Government Housing Strategy and National Planning Policy Framework.
It is likely to place an increased emphasis on community engagement and encourage a better dialogue between developers and local authorities in the pre-planning application stage of a housing scheme.
The checklist, which builds on the original 20 standards, will soon be available, providing comprehensive and up to date guidance on issues such as car parking, cycle tracks and general transport connectivity; refuse storage and environmental issues; and community facilities amongst many other things.
Julie Tanner, OPUN’s CEO, commented: “It’s been great that we’ve been able to help shape the new Building for Life guidance, and provide an expert view to ensure that what is eventually published will be of maximum benefit to built environment colleagues.”
OPUN is set to be the leading BfL training provider in the East Midlands across both the public and private sectors. A range of different packages will be available to suit various needs and budgets. Keep an eye on www.opun.org.uk for full details and to find out how we can help!
About Design for Homes
Design for Homes champions the value of good design in the housing industry. We are a not-for-profit limited company advised by a cross-industry Board of Directors. We incorporate the Design for Homes Architects Group which is RIBA’s linked society for architects in housing and The Friends of Design for Homes. Visit www.designforhomes.org for more information.
Design Council CABE
Architecture and design can improve our built environment and help create sustainable communities where people want and can afford to live. We focus on ensuring places and communities are sustainable, adaptable and resilient. To find out more go to www.designcouncil.org.uk .