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Toolbox For Building with nature


Tools within Building with Nature are methods, concepts or strategies that can be used in the different phases and steps of a BwN project. These tools assist in applying a Building with Nature Design in a project in a practical way. In this guideline we focus on tools that have an added value for development and design. Some of these are or have been (further) developed within the programme; others have proven their applicability in the cases.

In order to gain a clear overview of the available BwN-tools, we distinguish six groups which we assume intimately related to Building with Nature projects:

  • System analysis
  • Valuation
  • Interaction between interventions and ecology
  • Visualisation of data and modelling
  • Measuring and monitoring
  • Managing uncertainties


In the following pages, these groups are concisely discussed. The tools themselves are mentioned, just as the phases in which these tools are generally applicable.


Application of the tools should be seen as an iterative process, as the tools can be used in different detail in the various phases of a project. For example: a more general application of a valuation tool when generating alternatives and a more elaborate application to study the alternatives in more detail.

For each tool, a general description is given; then there is a section on how to use the tool, followed by a description of a practical application. At the end of each tool, references are given for further reading. 
It is important to point out that the use of a tool fits in a project approach and to have a clear project vision before starting to use a tool. When you decide to use a certain tool, you should have a goal on what you would like to achieve by using this tool. After using the tool, the goal and the results should be compared and evaluated. In this way, the tool will contribute best to the project.

System tools



Tools for


Visualisation of

data and models



Tools for dealing

with uncertainty

System toolsValuation toolsTools for interactionVisualisation of data and modelsMeasuring toolsTools for dealing with uncertainty



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