Last edited 27 Apr 2021

Natural capital

The The SuDS Manual, CIRIA C753, 2015 suggests that the term ‘natural capital’ refers to ‘…the elements of nature that produce value to people, such as the stock of forests, water, land, minerals and oceans. These provide benefits such as food, clean air, wildlife, energy, wood, recreation, and protection from natural hazards (Natural Capital Committee).’

The Value Toolkit Overview published by the Construction Innovation Hub in April 2021 defines natural capital as: ‘…the stock of renewable and non-renewable resources (e.g. plants, animals, air, water, soils, minerals) that combine to yield a flow of benefits to people. In the context of the built environment, Natural Capital values the natural environment, addresses solutions to climate impacts and provides benefits to society throughout the full life cycle of the built assets.’

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