One of the most striking world trends in urban development is the extraordinary pace of city growth, with an estimated 1.3 million more people living in urban areas every week.
This rapid urbanisation requires the expansion and regeneration of our cities, which presents an opportunity to develop high quality, sustainable communities. – Sustainable urban growth needs careful planning and early community engagement. The contributions of a multitude of stakeholders must be co-ordinated and competing demands and cost constraints balanced – it is no easy task.
As an aid to dealing with these wide ranging complexities, urban developers are increasingly using standards to help ensure that community-scale developments are sustainable, not only in terms of environmental impacts but also economically and socially.