Sustainable city quarters can be achieved, if sustainability issues are
implemented in a well structured planning process from the beginning.
Quantifiable sustainability targets should be defined and broken down to the
scale of single houses, to which their realisation can be finally checked.
The REVIT report “Ensuring Sustainability in Brownfield Revitalisation”
offers guidance on three key issues. First it describes a generic tool “the
sustainable evaluation process” to be used in any revitalisation activities
in order to achieve a well balanced consideration of sustainability issues
and its adequate representation in the management plans for the
The environmental profile process and the related GPR software provide a
strategic management framework and a working tool tailored to the needs of
municipal planning authorities for agreeing and deciding the weighting of
sustainable development issues and related quantifiable criteria.
As the these processes require systematic community participation, the
report gives guidance how to implement this community consultation by
strategic stakeholder workshops, illustrated with an example of Stuttgart.
Ensuring Susatinability in Brownfield Rrevitalisation.pdf (3.1 MB)
Use high quality sustainable regeneration processes to maximise the marketing potential of market brownfield development sites.
A computer model has been developed as a design and assessment tool to measure and evaluate sustainable indicators specific to houses, offices and schools. It can be used as a promotional tool to market the buildings, and includes an indicator of CO reduction. An explanation (included in the REVIT report 'Ensuring Sustainability in Brownfield Revitalisation' page 23-38) as well as a guided tour through of the GPR-Gebouw provides more information on this tool. 2
GPR-Model for Assessing Sustainable Development for New Buildings – A guided tour.pdf (1.0 MB)
Use creative instruments of participation to increase awareness of sustainable development related to brownfield sites amongst the public, politicians and professionals and to communicate with investors and other stakeholders.
Giving attention to issues of sustainable development during the process of redeveloping a brownfield site increases the general awareness of these issues. Examples of this can be found in the report on the SAT Workshop (Stuttgart), and “The Green Charter” (Medway). It is important to keep an open dialogue with stakeholders regarding the ongoing development of the site to involve them in the project development and to establish a sustainable community. This has the potential to market the site as an eco-field area rather than a brownfield area. A process for stakeholder engagement can be found in the REVIT Stakeholder Engagement Toolkit. Planning Workshop Stuttgart.pdf (1.7 MB)
Stakeholder Engagement – A Toolkit.pdf (1.7 MB)
It is important to recognise that brownfield sites frequently have a greater negative impact on sustainable issues than standard urban development sites. These could be environmental, economic or social.
Brownfield sites are often large iconic landmark locations with a negative image and can include unknown complications, thus requiring adequate resources for research, exploration, remediation and management - including Public Relations. This can be illustrated by the 'Manual - REVIT Planning Workshop: Guidelines and Objectives for Sustainable Development in the 'Bad Cannstatt Goods Station' Area (Pilot Application)'(Stuttgart). Planning Workshop Stuttgart.pdf (1.7 MB)
It is essential to understand the legislative and statutory requirements for environmental sustainability in the local area.
The different national and local legal frameworks relating to sustainability in development are different in each partner country and may be found in the REVIT heritage report, which illustrates the situation as it was at that time (2004). The reader should be aware that this may have changed subsequently in the meantime.
Review of Sustainable Brownfield Revitalisation Approaches.pdf (250 KB)
Undertake a sustainable development assessment, followed by a management plan supported by plans for monitoring, reviewing and auditing.
Sustainable development assessment and management provides investors and end users with assurance in respect of redeveloping brownfield sites. The REVIT Sustainable Evaluation Tool shows a process that can be applied to evaluate sustainable development on brownfield sites.
REVIT Sustainable Evaluation Tool.pdf (3.0 MB)
It is essential for all involved in the development to agree at the outset responsibility for sustainable development issues and who will make decisions.
As many brownfield site projects are long-term, a clear management framework needs to be agreed and supported by the sponsors from the outset to fully consider economic, environmental and social issues. Further details are included in the REVIT Sustainable Evaluation Tool. Sustainable development is a complex process involving many different decision-makers over a period of time. It is therefore necessary to clearly define who is empowered to take this responsibility. In some cases there may be a hierarchy of decision-makers. This can be illustrated by the references to Institutional Buy-in in the REVIT Stakeholder Engagement Toolkit.
REVIT Sustainable Evaluation Tool.pdf (80 KB)
Stakeholder Engagement – A Toolkit.pdf (1.7 MB)
Include the environmental issues already in the planning phase of brownfield redevelopment project. Realise this in a flexible and creative way considering also the context of the overall environmental quality of the area.
The environmental profile process was developed by the REVIT partner City of Tilburg. Within these process the municipality draws up an appropriate environmental profile per project to ensure that these are integrated into the overall environmental spatial development planning and building strategies for the region. This methodology ensures that all relevant stakeholders are engaged in redevelopment proposals and that ambitions for improved sustainable development are constantly addressed.