Designing the Built Environment
Buildings that provide healthcare traditionally bring together a wide range of carbon intensive activities and processes. Wider environmental considerations such as energy supply and distribution, and the integration with active transport systems, make significant contributions to carbon emissions. These considerations should be taken into account at the very early design stage of any project.
NHS organisations should take every opportunity to protect and enhance the natural environment surrounding NHS buildings, to increase mental and physical well being benefits and support local sustainable communities. This section provides information to support better design, with helpful hints, template management and actions plans, best practice examples and a list of useful resources.