UK-GBC Task Group Report: Demystifying Green Infrastructure

This report seeks to consolidate existing information on Green Infrastructure (GI) for those working in the built environment, providing a simple, accessible guide. It helps to define the topic and its scope, and crucially attempts to highlight the business case for creating and maintaining GI – aimed primarily at the developer and client.

INTRODUCTION

Green infrastructure (GI) is a catch-all term to describethe network of natural and semi-natural features within and between our villages, towns and cities. These features range in scale, from street trees, green roofs and private gardens through to parks, rivers and woodlands.

At the larger scale, wetlands, forests and agricultural land are all captured by the term GI. Examples of GI can be found in the illustration above.

As well as its intrinsic value, it is becoming increasingly clear just how important GI is for climate change adaptation, biodiversity and human health and wellbeing. Clearly, the protection and enhancement of our GI is vital, and the construction and property sector must play a central role in achieving this.

The full report seeks to consolidate existing information for those working in the built environment, providing a simple, accessible guide. It helps to define the topic and its scope, and crucially attempts to highlight the business case for creating and maintaining GI – aimed primarily at the developer and client. The resources identified have been made available through UK-GBC’s online platform Pinpoint, which signposts to the most relevant and peer reviewed information.

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