Innovation

If we are to create real change and breakthrough innovation in our sector we need to challenge the status quo and existing business models. We’re committed to working with our members on innovation – whether through policy or industry responses – to help achieve a more sustainable built environment.

Member Commitment Stories

Across UK-GBC's membership, there are some fantastic examples of best practice, innovation and leadership on sustainability. One of the ways members are demonstrating their commitment to UK-GBC's vision for a sustainable built environment is through short videos on their sustainability achievements and aspirations.

The Business Plan

If ‘UK Built Environment Plc’ was a mega conglomerate operating in the property, construction and infrastructure sector, what would its plan look like for the next 10 or 20 years? In late 2011 and early 2012 we explored this question in one of our most ambitious projects to date. Deloitte Real Estate (then Drivers Jonas Deloitte) provided research and project management support.

The 5 ideas and key insights

As part of the process, the Business Plan participants developed a set of five innovations which represent some of the latent opportunities for the sector:

  • Community Collaborators - which aims to provide support to kick-start sustainable community infrastructure projects
  • Great Home, No Hassle - an idea focused on rethinking home ownership to get more people onto the property ladder 
  • Liveable Places – an online one-stop-shop for anyone wanting to buy, sell or rent a home who wants to know about green features and sustainability factors in the wider community
  • Use Space Well – a concept to ensure efficient use of commercial space, including wide-scale cross-business ‘hotdesking’  
  • You Design and Build – an idea that taps into the self-build trend, allowing people to have much greater say in the design of their future property without having to commit to project managing the whole process.

Key insights from the project were that space is flexible, so the constraints of inflexible commercial buildings will be challenged; finance is changing, and innovative financial mechanisms such as local and community-owned institutions will become increasingly prominent; collaboration is key to open up new opportunities, drive cost-effectiveness and promote sustainable working practices; communities are mobilising on issues of shared interest; and consumers want customisation as standard, with the economies of mass production twinned with the personal touch.

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