Evaluating housing proposals step by step


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Inside you will find

  • An explanation of Building for Life criteria, to help assess and compare the quality of proposed developments
  • Examples of the materials a design team should prepare so an assessor can understand the thinking behind a development

This will interest

  • Development planners
  • Funding bodies
  • Anyone involved in assessing new housing development proposals

Building for Life is the national standard for well-designed homes and neighbourhoods. This guide aims to help housing designers and developers achieve the Building for Life standard in their projects.

It was commissioned and funded by the Housing Corporation’s innovation and good practice programme.

Please note this document is not available in hard copy. It is not intended to be printed out, as you need to view the document on screen to follow the navigation links.


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