Why we do it

UK-GBC is an industry-led network with a mission to radically improve the sustainability of the built environment. With over 400 member organisations spanning the entire value chain, we represent the voice of the industry’s current and future leaders striving for transformation change.

Our Vision

A built environment that enables people and planet to thrive by:

  • Mitigating and adapting to climate change
  • Eliminating waste and maximising resource efficiency 
  • Embracing and restoring nature and promoting biodiversity 
  • Optimising the health and wellbeing of people 
  • Creating long-term value for society and improving quality of life 

Our Mission

Our Mission is to radically improve the sustainability of the built environment, by transforming the way it is planned, designed, constructed, maintained and operated.

Why it's important

Buildings and infrastructure have a big impact on both the environment and our quality of life. The built environment is responsible for the use of precious natural resources, a significant proportion of carbon emissions and it affects how we live our day to day lives. 

Energy used in the construction and operation of homes and buildings accounts for around half of the UK’s total carbon dioxide emissions. Under the Climate Change Act 2008 we have a legally binding target to reduce these emissions by at least 80 per cent by 2050. 

Globally it is a similar picture. Buildings account for around 35 per cent of resources, 40 per cent of energy use, consume 12 per cent of the world’s drinkable water and produce nearly 40 per cent of global carbon emissions. 

There is a huge opportunity to improve the sustainability of buildings around the world, and make it easy, affordable and attractive for people to live in an energy and resource efficient future.

Want to get involved?

Become a member

By joining UK-GBC’s network of over 400 organisations, you can demonstrate your commitment to sustainability, educate your staff, help to inform and influence Government policy, and take part in a range of other activities.

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