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opportunity to use nature’s principles and One of the fundamental principles is that is based on principles of sustainable ecosystems to learn how to create more it adopts a systems approach to the design development sustainable places to live that ultimately of developments and places. The key is mutually beneficial to humans and affect the environment less? This briefing difference from the current approach is to the environment will explore this concept explaining the move away from a human centric design is based on an integrated system basic principles and its potential. towards a co-habitation between the environment and humans. Through this focuses on the reuse and recovery of The principles approach a healthy environment can be waste Ecological engineering is “the design achieved, which will help to sustain human is concerned for stakeholder advice and of sustainable ecosystems that life and help improve quality of life through participation in the design process. integrate human society with its natural increased access to open space, improved environment for the benefit of both” air quality, reduction in the urban heat These principles are starting to be (Mitsch and Jorgensen, 2003). It is not island (UHI), reduction in waste and incorporated into the design of some a new concept but first emerged in the increased biodiversity. The basic principles developments and buildings through green sixties. Ecological engineering brings that underpin ecological engineering are infrastructure, SuDS, green roofs and walls together ecology and engineering, and that it: and through water sensitive urban design combines the basic principles from both is ecologically based principles. However, there is the need to sectors with economics and natural incorporates and adapts engineering go further than this and to incorporate sciences to design and use ecosystems as and technology based solutions ecology as the standard approach in the the interface between technology and the design of all buildings, spaces and places. environment (Gnanakan, 2012). 17


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