Biodiversity is seldom considered in the urban environment and yet aesthetically people recognise the value of plants, trees and birds in enlivening the hard surfaces of a city.  Although the opportunities for a building in an urban setting to contribute to biodiversity are limited, there are nonetheless a number of ways in which small contributions can be made which when summed with those of other buildings have the potential to transform the entire urban environment.

Key issues to consider:

  • Does the building have features which improve the biodiversity of the surrounding area    e.g. ecological space, wildlife habitats, green roofs?
  • What are the maintenance implications and costs of these features?