Land use and ecology

Where you have a choice of site try and select a brownfield site with no ecological features. There is plenty of brownfield land available in the UK, most of which is within easy reach of an urban area.

Consider enhancing the ecology of the site. Ask an ecologist's advice on the most appropriate species to plant and what the site could nurture.

A sedum roof can be used to enhance the ecology of the site, and has the added benefits of being a great insulator and also a mechanism to attenuate rainwater in a flood situation.

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