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Building Futures Sustainable Design Toolkit

The Sustainable Design Toolkit aids decision making on sustainable design at the initial concept, pre-planning and planning application stages for development in Hertfordshire.

By using open questions and best practice guidance, the Toolkit helps development stakeholders consider and implement the principles and practice of sustainable design in a highly visual, intuitive and engaging way.

Online and interactive development models

Navigate the virtual townscape and start exploring the interactive building models and comprehensive suite of guidance using the topic tabs, questions, hotspots and more information tabs.

The interactive models are constantly being added to, with new imagery and visual guidance, so watch this space! Updates to the Toolkit will be communicated via the e-newsletter and social media so please register to keep up to date.

Click on the image below to access the online interactive development models

Interactive PDFs

You can download the PDFs for the six development types below:

Intuitive and interactive PDF versions of the Sustainable Design Toolkit are provided so that you may:

  • Create your ‘Sustainable Design Statement’ to submit with your planning application or pre-application submission
  • Inform and create development and design briefs for individual sites or schemes
  • Refer to and use the Sustainable Design Toolkit away from the computer with clients and stakeholders.

If you have any queries about the Sustainable Design Toolkit please contact the Building Futures team at or on 01992 556279.

Please note, the Sustainable Design Toolkit does not prescribe any particular design solutions or set any policy requirement or standard over and above those set out in any relevant Development Plan or legislation. The Sustainable Design Toolkit should always be read and used in conjunction with the policies contained in the relevant Development Plan and any applicable legislation and regulations.