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Alison Fairbrass

Biodiversity and the built environment

Maximising building design for biodiversity, University College London

Alison Fairbrass


Integrating biodiversity into the built environment is an increasingly important element of sustainable design. However, current biodiversity approaches taken by industry, planners and designers are often tokenistic, contributing little to overall ecological value and resilience. 

To address this issue, a four-year partnership study between BCT and the Centre for Urban Sustainability and Resilience at University College London was launched in September 2012. 

The project aims to overcome barriers to integrating biodiversity into the built environment by developing simple tools that will guide building sector professionals through the process of delivering biodiverse green infrastructure and by designing accessible systems that will begin to document and measure the value of green infrastructure both in relation to ecological resilience and socio-economics.

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