UK-GBC responds to 2016 homebuilder sustainability rankings

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has today responded to the publication of the NextGeneration 2016 benchmark report. The report assesses and ranks the UK’s 25 largest homebuilders on their sustainability performance.

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Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive at UK-GBC said:

“In his recent Autumn Statement, the Chancellor outlined the Government’s desire to deliver ‘a housing market that works for everyone’. Evidence shows that the quality of homes has a marked impact on both people’s pocket and their health and wellbeing. In the current economic context, it’s more important than ever that new homes and communities are built to the highest standards, to shield buyers from future energy price rises and reduce the burden on the NHS of poor mental and physical health.

“The companies featured in the leading rankings of the 2016 NextGeneration benchmark demonstrate that building high quality developments is not just possible, it is core to what they do. Congratulations to UK-GBC Gold Leaf member Lendlease for topping this year’s benchmark, and to all those other developers who continue to demonstrate commitment to building high quality, sustainable homes. There remains a significant gap between leaders and laggards which the industry must address if it’s to meet the pressing sustainability challenges ahead.” 

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Notes to editors

The NextGeneration 2016 report is administered by JLL and overseen by executive committee members including the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

The NextGeneration benchmark is carried out in two phases: Phase 1 where publicly available information is reviewed and Phase 2 where members can increase their score by providing evidence of activities that are not discussed in public reports.

More information about the NextGeneration Initiative, including the full report, is available here: nextgeneration-initiative.co.uk/

Published: 01/12/2016

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