Building for Life guide

Mæ was appointed by CABE to write ‘Delivering Great Places to Live’, the companion Guide to the Building for Life Standard. Partner Alex Ely previously managed the Building for Life Initiative and created the Standard when Head of Sustainable Communities at CABE.

The Standard was launched by the Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, in 2003 and adopted by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister as the benchmark for new housing projects being delivered as part of the Sustainable Communities Plan. It has since become a national measure of neighbourhood design quality, embedded into the Homes and Communities Agency funding criteria.

The Standard covers issues of place making, character and identity, access and movement, construction and technology, public space, amenity and community.


Visit the Building for Life website for further information

Project facts:
Client: CABE and The Home Builders Federation
Value: £20,000
Date: 2005

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