For example, it is the environment in which children spend most of their free time. The home and garden is the daily working environment for around half of the adult population.
Creating new homes in attractive surroundings is a most important design task. The quality of our home environment shapes our attitude to life.
The visual quality of new housing developments also has an impact on existing communities. It is important to try to respect and enhance the environment for existing residents, as well as new ones.
The best new housing in Northern Ireland achieves high design standards, but the Quality Initiative encourages all new housing to match these excellent examples.
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