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Policy & Activities


Building for Life 12 is a design tool to measure and assess good design for new homes that is supported by the house building and architectural industries including the Design Council Cabe as well as Government and Local Authorities.

BfL12, is the third version of the guide for developers and local authorities and responds to and ensures it is best suited to the needs of the reformed planning system under the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Localism Act.

BfL12 is designed to help local communities become more involved in design conversations and in shaping development proposals. Its 12 questions provide a structure for discussions between local communities, the local planning authority, the developer and other stakeholders, to ensure that the design of new homes and their neighbourhood are as attractive, functional and sustainable as possible.

Its development is the result of a unique collaboration between house builders, local authorities, planners, architects and academics. It enables stakeholders involved in housing to consider all the elements of what makes “a good place to live” at the design stage. 

The website provides a service for builders to assess their developments. 

For more information on the 2012 relaunch of Building for Life click here for the HBF Press Release.