1. batter

    An earthwork’s cut that is sloped to ensure ground stability is maintained.

  2. best practice

    A technique, method, or process that is most effective at delivering a particular outcome, or multiple outcomes, based on repeatable procedures that can be proven over time.

  3. biodiversity

    The variability among living organisms from all sources, including terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and ecological complexes of which they are part. This includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems (United Nations Conference on Environment and Development 1992).

  4. bioretention

    A water quality practice that utilises landscaping and soils to treat stormwater runoff by collecting it in shallow depressions and then filtering it through a planting soil media.

  5. biosecurity

    The exclusion, eradication or effective management of risks to the economy, environment and human health (NZ Biosecurity Strategy 2003)posed by pests and diseases (NZ Biosecurity Strategy 2003).

  6. biota

    All plants, animals and micro-organisms at a place.

  7. block dimension

    The distance between road intersections in the central city, town centre or residential block

  8. brownfield

    An area previously developed and used (often for commercial or industrial uses) available for redevelopment.

  9. buffer

    A vegetated strip immediately adjacent to a water body. The primary function of buffers is to protect the receiving water from sediment and pollutants derived from upstream areas. Ancillary benefits may include infiltration of rainfall and habitat enhancement. Forested riparian buffers are one example of a best management practice related to the use of buffers. Built EnvironmentThe human-made space in which people live, work, and recreate on a day-to-day basis. The built environment encompasses places and spaces created or modified by people including buildings, parks, and transportation systems.

  10. building back

    Those parts of a building where servicing or more private uses may occur.

  11. building envelopes

    A term that defines the size and height of a building often referred to in planning control terms.

  12. building front

    Those parts of a building where the main entry and the more public uses of the building are situated.

  13. building platform

    That part of a site- usually leveled- intended to be occupied by a building.