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Case Study 108 - Setting measurable standards

108 - Edinburgh Standards For Sustainable Building

Edinburgh City Council have adopted the Edinburgh Standards for Sustainable Building, one element of the Edinburgh Standards suite, as supplementary planning guidance which is required for all ‘major’ planning applications (over 1000m2 gross floor area, 10 residential units or sites of 0.5ha and above). The Standards cover energy efficiency, renewables, waste, materials and design. The standards are set out within six principles:

The Standards set out precise targets to be met, details of how these can be measured, the benefits they can bring and illustrate case study examples of successful precedents. A score above the required overall threshold of all the principles is intended to qualify the building under the Councils proposed Sustainable Building Award Scheme.

Since the launch of the Standards in May 2007, the Sustainable Development Team has assessed some 120 case at preapplication / application stages. An analysis of a sample of applications showed, on average, a saving per application over Target Emissions Rates of some 27%.

  • Quality in layout, building and landscaping design
  • Design inclusive, health and safe environments
  • Reduce climate change impacts and increase renewable energy generation
  • Encourage use of sustainable materials and resources
  • Reduce pollution and encourage recycling
  • Encourage sustainable construction and operation.

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Edinburgh City Council’s Standards for Sustainable Building will ensure new developments reflect the design quality and sustainability of Slate Green, an award winning mixed tenure development in the city.

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