Last edited 29 Mar 2021

Building for life

Built for Life is an industry standard for well-designed homes and neighbourhoods which is endorsed by the government. Accreditation gives consumers confidence that important aspects of design have been considered.

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

The scheme is led by three partners:

It 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 issues, helping gauge the quality of proposed and completed developments. The aim is to produce beautiful, functional and sustainable places to live.

It 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 the main considerations of the scheme:

Diamond status is awarded to new developments that meet all 12 of these requirements.

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