What are built environments?
When we talk about "built environments" we are referring to physical spaces and structures where people live, work, interact and play. The built environment is an essential component of modern urban planning, architecture, and engineering, which has a critical role in shaping the quality of life of the people who use it.
The design of the built environment considers factors such as functionality, safety, accessibility, aesthetics, and sustainability. It involves a complex and multi-stage process that requires careful planning, skilled labour, and close coordination between a range of professionals such as architects, engineers, urban planners, contractors, and subcontractors.
The key stages in the process of building construction include:
1. Planning and Design: This stage involves determining the building's purpose, function, and design.
2. Site Preparation: Before construction can begin, the site needs to be cleared and prepared. This may involve removing existing structures, excavating the site, and levelling the ground.
3. Foundation: The foundation is the base on which the building is constructed. It must be designed and constructed to support the weight of the building and withstand environmental factors.
4. Framing: The framing stage involves erecting the skeletal structure of the building.
5. Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) Installation.
6. Insulation and Finishing: Once the building's shell is complete and the MEP systems are installed, the interior fitout and exterior finishes are added.
7. Final Inspection and Occupancy.
The built environment aims to construct spaces that benefit our mental and physical well-being, as well as promote social cohesion. When designed and delivered well, these spaces and structures can better people’s lives, making them feel more connected to others and the natural environment.
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