Exploitation of our environment
‘Part of the role of the building regulations is to help improve the conservation of fuel and power, protect and enhance the environment and promote sustainable development,’ says the LABC, one of the critical organisations tasked with the responsibility to delivering impartial and professional building control services throughout England and Wales. In March this year, the Code for Sustainable Homes, which had previously governed sustainable building initiatives, was officially scrapped, being replaced by the Home Quality Mark, a property benchmarking tool aimed at giving builders, developers and homeowners a ‘Star Rating’ guide that can be applied to homes when they are sold’.
Imagine for a second that this benchmark didn’t exist.
There’d be no governance around how much natural light your property should include, how much energy is lost in your home, resulting in increased energy bills to heat / cool it, your maintenance responsibilities would be immense as you would be responsible for fixing what was inherently built in the first place. Your access to local facilities and amenities wouldn’t be considered, your mortgage bills would even be higher. Simply because there’d be no governance around what ‘good’ is expected to be. The knock-on effect on you, but more critically, the world around us, would be profound.