Nature-based solutions for sustainable development

With 39% of emissions coming from buildings and their construction, the built environment has a vital role to play in the fight against climate change. As we move to decarbonise the way we design and build our projects, nature-based solutions are an effective way of tackling emissions and delivering much needed biodiversity onsite.

Sustainable development

With the spotlight firmly on net zero and an immovable deadline set, the pressure to tackle a project’s emissions is mounting. With regulations getting tighter and new legislations regularly coming into force, developers need to consider multiple factors to deliver a truly sustainable development. Combine this with the need to demonstrate their own commitment to zero carbon targets, the path to net zero can be complex.

Nature-based solutions

Protecting and improving biodiversity is high on the agenda for local planning authorities with Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) now mandatory on sites in England.   

As BNG becomes a condition for planning consent for some projects, nature-based solutions will play a vital role in sustainable development. Designed onsite or utilised through offsetting, they not only tackle biodiversity loss and help to restore ecosystems, they are key in the fight against climate change.

Our team environmental specialists including ecologists, carbon assessors, landscape architects and water and flooding experts can advise on all aspects of NbS including: 

Onsite solutions:

Offsite solutions:

Complying with changing regulations

To achieve the UK's ambitious net zero target, the Committee on Climate Change has stated buildings must be decarbonised by 2050. In light of this, the Future Homes and Future Buildings Standards are being developed with a target implementation date of 2025.

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Designing for Net Zero

Urgent and ambitious action is required to help the built environment decarbonise inline with government targets. Our engineers, architects and consultants follow our seven stage pathway to design whole life, carbon neutral projects and solutions. 

Seven stage framework to design for net zero carbon buildings and infrastructure
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Alex Mozaffari

Technical Director - Sustainability T: +44 (0)20 7280 3352 Email
London - Farringdon Street | UK
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Mike Barker

Director of Ecology T: +44 (0)1480 466335 Email
Cambridge | UK
Andrew Dearing

Andrew Tasker

Principal Consultant T: 01235 821 888 Email
Abingdon | UK
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Ola Holmstrom

Senior Director - Hydrology T: +44 1454 853 000 Email
Bristol | UK

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