Blum Sustainability Report 2022

52 With ever y new development project, we always consider the outdoor space and work together with external specialists to create an overall concept. However, as our business expands and we take on new building projects and conversions, our existing outdoor spaces also need to be re -evaluated and altered in line with our goals for our outdoor spaces. Outdoor spaces A high degree of biological diversity is the benchmark for a healthy environment and thriving natural world. Biodiversity describes the variety of living organisms on earth and the relationships between them. This diversity includes all living creatures and species, ecosystems and landscapes. Biodiversity itself is divided into three organisational levels : the diversity of the species themselves, the diversity within the species, i.e. their genetic range, and the diversity of the biotic communities in which the species live and the relationships between them. In order to promote biodiversity, the design of outdoor spaces must be based on well- founded concepts. Management approaches Biodiversit y and designing outdoor spaces are planned as “green field” sites, i.e. existing architectural conditions are not considered to have been set. Parking, traffic and roof areas must also be taken into account, including the potential for photovoltaics, green roofs and biodiversit y areas. Concepts and goals when designing outdoor spaces Ready for climate change Greater awareness Increased biodiversit y New parking concepts Equally impor tant goals in designing outdoor space Integration of renewable energy sources Appealing break areas At tractive outdoor spaces