The Environment Day theme for 2020 is biodiversity. International events like the recent bushfires in various countries, the locust infestation in East Africa and now the global pandemic show the close link between mankind and the ecosystems we live in. According to the IPCC, 2019: Climate Change and Land report, human activities have severely impacted 75% of land and 66% of oceans on the planet. At Prodesign, we have always tried to find practices within the MEP Engineering field which promote the safeguard of the enviroment.
We have been proposing Green Building Consultancy and Green Masterplanning for many years now while always trying to incorporate sustainability principles into our designs and encouraging our clients to go for a green building certification. We are fully committed to assisting local property developers and owners to obtain LEED or LEED-ND certifications. There are features for a LEED certified building and neighbourhood development which are related to protection of biodiversity such as:
• Site Selection – Neither a prime farmland nor earmarked for agriculture. Should not be a habitat for endangered species nor prone to flooding.
• Open Space – Outdoor space greater than or equal 30% of the project site consists of open spaces, which are fully vegetated, contributing to the biodiversity of the project and permeable areas for rainwater run-off.
• Restoration of habitat or Wetlands and water bodies – Using only native plants, to restore pre development native ecology, water bodies or wetlands on the project site in an area
equal to or greater than 10% of the development footprint.
• Emphasis on planting of trees – Provide trees at intervals of no more 12 meters along at least 60% of the total existing and planned block length.
Together we can act #ForNature.
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