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Building For Life Training Event

November 23, 2009

Opun were pleased to deliver a Building for Life training day at the Jury’s Inn in Nottingham on Thursday 19 November.

Building for Life is a set of 20 questions that all new housing developments should seek to answer to deliver great places to live, and is the national standard for well designed homes and neighbourhoods.

The training was attended by 43 Planning and Design Officers from Local Authorities across the East Midlands.  Following the successful completion of an assessment exercise the delegates will become accredited Building for Life Assessors .

Building for Life training exercise

Delegates busy undertaking a mock Building for Life assessment

In conjunction with CABE, Opun have now ensured that almost all of the authorities within the East Midlands have taken up the offer of free training.  Additionally we are pleased to report that  some authorities have already recognised the value of the assessment to their decision-making, and Annual Monitoring Report recording, and have sought to invest further in additional trained assessors for their authorities.

As an acreddited BfL assessor myself, I wish all those who attended training the best of luck in their assessment work that is the next step to full accreditation.  I also look forward to building working relationships with the network of assessors in the East Midlands region and to further developing the support role that Opun is uniquely placed to provide.

For more information on Building for Life visit or contact James Carpenter, Design Support Services Manager at Opun.


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