Last edited 24 Jul 2020

Building for life

Building for Life is an industry standard for well-designed homes and neighbourhoods which is endorsed by the government. Building for Life approval is intended to give consumers confidence that the important aspects of design have been considered during the development of new housing.

The Built for Life quality mark is 'the sign of a good place to live with new well designed homes & neighbourhoods'

The Building for Life scheme is led by three partners:

The scheme has developed out of policies in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the government’s commitment to construct more homes, better homes and to involve local communities in the planning process.

It guides the local community, local authority and other stakeholders in design related discussions, helping gauge the quality of proposed and completed developments. The aim is to produce beautiful, functional and sustainable places to live.

Building for Life is based on a traffic light system. The more green lights a development attains the better it should be. Amber suggests areas of a development that could be improved and red warns that an aspect of the development needs to be reconsidered. The assessment is intended to stimulate further dialogue between communities, the project team, the local authority and other stakeholders.

Building for Life 12 (BfL 12) sets out 12 main considerations under the scheme:

Building for Life diamond status is awarded to new developments that meet all twelve of these requirements.

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