Our mission

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

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

Issues we work on

The issues we work on are derived from our Vision. They constitute the more material environmental and social impacts of the built environment. By clicking onto each of the issues below, you will access an infographic capturing the scale of the challenge we face in achieving our vision.

Our impact

We want sustainable development to become second nature, especially as we’re now firmly into the decade of action. The science shows we need to halve our emissions by 2030 in order to keep warming to 1.5 degrees. Therefore, to keep us on track for this critical ambition our 2025 Strategy, lays out our priorities and plans in 7 key goals.



Our model for change highlights the four levels at which we believe we can influence change – namely amongst professionals, businesses, places and the built environment sector as a whole. Each year we will publish an Impact Report to capture the overall scale of our activities, and the change which they have brought about in the above four levels. Examples of some of our latest Impact Reports are downloadable below and all our Impact Reports are available in the resources under Our Work.

Impact Report 2021-22

Impact Report 2020-21

Impact Report 2019-20

Impact Report 2018-19

Impact Report 2017-18

Impact Report 2016-17

Impact Report 2015-16

Our history

In 2022 UKGBC celebrates its 15th Anniversary! We took this opportunity as a team to reflect on the impact we’ve had since our founding in 2007. Over the 15 years our membership has grown to nearly 700, which is testament to the work our team – and wider membership network – have done in our industry. Additionally, political climate has shifted multiple times but our team has continually championed the needs and importance of a sustainable built environment. In this timeline, explore some of UKGBC’s history’s key moments – from the Zero Carbon Buildings Task Group to the launch of UKGBC Scotland at COP26.


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