Name of the tool
BRE Sustainability Checklist for developments: A common framework for developers and local authorities
Who applied the tool in the case?
For the Llandarcy Urban Village case study, an external consultancy Parsons Brinkerhoff (PB), who specialise in planning, engineering, program and construction management, were employed to ensure that sustainability issues were considered at all stages of development. Steve Mathews of PB chose and implemented the checklist because it was a toolkit that gave a final score and would therefore allow a measure for comparison to other projects.
Time taken to fully apply the tool
Initially the tool would take a number of hours to use to assess a project, however this should then be followed by time spent to improve the level of sustainability and reassessments of the project.
Any other interesting information about the tool
Although user friendly and clearly laid out in the hard copy, it is even more so on the adapted and transferred Parsons Brinkerhof computer version used in the Llandarcy Urban Village case study, where the results for each box can be shown in one of three columns: Fail (red), pass (orange) and good (green). These boxes are colour coded and the aim is that a project moves from the red box, to the orange to the green in terms of performance and in achieving the highest level of sustainability within each category.
The BRE Sustainability Checklist for Developments is an active management tool that pinpoints where best practice is/is not being reached. For example, with regards to proximity to fixed public transport nodes, if 50% of a development footprint is within 1km of a major fixed transport node, best practice has been met, if 50% of the footprint of the proposed development is within 2km of a major fixed transport node, good practice has been met. The tool recognises how a project is sustainable and provides evidence. It is hoped that the tool will help provide a sustainability objective that will be used by all partners to keep the project on track in terms of sustainability. The tool is used to help prioritise actions, as well as to continually assess and review the project.
Case study/ies where tool is in use
Llandarcy Urban Village