Integrated Sustainable Development is about the coherence and balance between technical solutions, societal solutions, architectural solutions, new perspectives, and above all also the wishes of the buyer or tenant of a home.
This requires an interdisciplinary collaboration between landscape architect, architect, construction company, infrastructure expert, energy experts and water specialists from a sustainability ambition, clear vision and clear frameworks. Parties participate at other moments than they are used to in the industry. From their own knowledge and expertise they are involved in processes they are traditionally left out of. This creates new insights and solutions. Together we become a sustainable integrated conscious "master builder".
Does this mean it takes longer? No, provided the process is properly managed: process management combined with knowledge and expertise. The art is to give creativity space, without getting bogged down in details and dealing with the right subject at the right time. Since the different aspects are interrelated, development is not a linear, but an iterative process in which different scenarios are compared. The result is a ‘whole that is greater than the sum of the parts’.
The user is key
Ultimately it is about the experience of the user of what we have created. Residents' participation, both from the surroundings and participation of the people who will eventually use the area, is very important to DGV group. Local residents and end users design with us. After all, it is about creating an area that meets the wishes of the people who will use it. That is what we develop for.
The result is a neighborhood where people live with pleasure for a long time, in healthy, timeless, pleasant homes where the good of the past is combined with the comfort of today and where people are ready for the future.
Role of the government
Integrated sustainable development is constantly at the crossroad of sustainable ambition and short term economy. Because of that, the role the government plays in this field is crucial. Clear ambitions when inviting the market to make proposals for development, letting go of bidding for plot prices, setting rules and regulations to make the ambition possible. And to monitor on the actual realization.
Another important point is to look at sustainability at the level of the area, not the household. Make it possible to implement solutions at neighborhood level, not only in each house separately (economy of scale). And approach sustainability from a broader perspective than energy alone.