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Sustainability

Describe six different features of the natural environment that must be considered at the planning stage of a project.

Water Quality: Water for human consumption is extracted from our local reservoirs, rivers and boreholes. It needs to be treated to be made potable water. It is then distributed from a system of pipes across the UK. Water cannot contain any form of bacteria as this would affect people health. This is why it’s important to protect local reservoirs, rivers and boleshole when in the planning stage of a construction project, to make sure any work which is being undertook does not affect the water in any way, as this can have a very bad affect on leaving harmful elements, which can affect people health.

Air Quality: Good air quality is vital for people’s health and it is an essential part of our environment. Large factories and other large buildings which produce a large amount of pollution tend to be sited away from populated areas to help prevent pollution entering our breathable atmosphere over towns and cities; indeed, large chimneys push the pollution further up into the atmosphere avoiding any fallout to local inhabitants. Large amounts of pollution can result in smog, which can lead too poor visibility as well as breathing difficulties for the cities and inhabitants. Smog can deplete oxygen levels, which can cause asthma, bronchitis and other lung diseases. This is why it is important that we consider air quality at the planning stage, so we can help prevent producing large amounts of pollution this being from, tools, equipment and other large machineries, especially if it’s in a large population area, as our actions on the construction site could affect the local community.

Ozone quality: Ozone is a gas that shields the earth’s and occurs naturally in the earth’s upper atmosphere. It protects the earth from harmful ultraviolet radiation. Without the Ozone layer there would be no life on earth! Chemicals such as...