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Community Planning Recommendations

From the kind of materials used in building construction to the method of energy/power generation to the adoption of designated green areas, the way we organize our communities tells a lot about who we are and also may play a huge part in how healthy our everyday living can be.

Below are a few ways in which a community can be brought to life and promote sustainable practices.

Require Developers to Plant Shade Trees

Shade trees are known to improve the quality of air within a community, needless to say better living conditions. By absorbing the heat transmitted from the sun, the shade created by trees help to ensure their surroundings remain cool in the most subtle way, thereby encouraging outdoor activities for members of the community.

Prohibit Diesel Generators

Diesel power generators have become must-haves in homes and offices across the country. This results in high noise and air pollution of the environment. Large amounts of CO2 are expelled through generator exhaust pipes, this is harmful to both plants and animals. By encouraging alternative ways of generating power, we can limit the use of diesel generators and work towards creating and managing a more responsive environment.

Incorporate Solar Systems

This is the year 2022 and the world is gearing towards more sustainable ways of living in general. The use of renewable energy has become widely accepted globally, incorporation of Solar as a major source of electricity tends to be the way to go. Being blessed with huge amounts of sunlight in this part of the world, it would only be wise to capitalize on this God-given gift. Energy converted from the sun rays can be used to power up Street lights, water transfer pumps, low voltage electronics, and many other devices. A significant amount of cost saving is achieved when Solar is incorporated to our everyday lives.

Integrate Recycling Programs

When done right, recycling can become a significant part of sustainable development. From collection to sorting to compounding, recycling helps to reduce CO2 emissions and the generation of greenhouse gases by limiting the amount of energy used in the extraction of hard commodities.

Insulate Roofing System

Insulation greatly reduces the amount of heat and noise allowed to penetrate inside a building. It is important to factor in Acoustic and thermal concerns at the design stage to allow for adequate planning and installation of adequate material prior to completion of the structure. The cost of cooling an insulated building is significantly lower than that of a non-insulated one, the long-term effect is savings in terms of operational cost.

Employ High Quality Window Frames & Double Pane Glazing

Double glazed windows allow for proper acoustic and thermal insulation. The resulting effect of this is a low noise level with a building. Double glazed windows allow for better thermal insulation than single paned ones, hence leading to long term cost savings. Fiberglass (though expensive) is now being used to produce window frames. Unlike the conventional Aluminum window frames that a widely used, fiberglass has high insulating properties which subside heat transfer with a building.

Incorporate Rainwater Recycling

Rainwater recycling involves the collection of rain water and channeling to a storage tank, either underground or overground. With little or no purification methods, the collected water is then used to carry out certain domestic tasks like watering lawn and plant, washing vehicles etc. Rain water recycling is definitely a sustainable act that will ensure there is almost never an absence of water within a community.

Provide Sidewalks through-out the community

Sidewalks provide a sense of safety for pedestrians within a community, they also increase the walkability score of a neighborhood, allowing residents to take walks either for leisure or as part of a fitness routine.
Walking certainly does wonders to both mental and physical health, hence by adding sidewalks within and around communities would significantly improve the quality of living in the area.

Avoid Development on Steep Slopes

Erosion is usually associated with sloped plains, hence developing on such should be greatly discouraged. Apart from the high cost of construction, the risk involved is immeasurable. Factors like deep excavation, more concreting operations, drainage and septic issues should be taken into consideration when one embarks on development on steep slopes, resolving these would take time and require huge budgets in survey, design and execution.

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