Innovation activities

UKGBC continues to run a range of innovation focused activities designed to accelerate the speed of change towards a sustainable built environment. This includes education courses, undertaking research, creating tools, and facilitating collaborative events with our members and other innovators.
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April 17, 2019


Research & Innovation



The built environment sector accounts for 40% of UK carbon emissions and 60% of resource use and waste creation. Significant innovation is required to reduce its impact. However, R&D spend in the sector represents just 0.16% of revenue, compared to 26% and 32% in the Automotive and IT sectors respectively, meaning that innovation can be slow. 

UKGBC has the unique convening power to bring together built environment businesses, entrepreneurs, and innovators to unlock the huge potential for a more innovative approach in our industry. By developing new insights and collaborations, and supporting the creation of sustainable innovations, we can get cutting edge solutions and new business models into buildings and infrastructure more quickly – which is critical if we are to radically improve the sustainability of the built environment. 

Open Innovation Pathfinder 

Between April and the Autumn, UKGBC is working with its members in partnership with Sustainable Ventures and EIT Climate-KIC to develop a new model for open innovation designed to overcome the barriers and market failures associated with slow innovation in the built environment sector. Click here to find out more. 

Innovation Sprints 

Following our successful one-day sprint on circular economy in November 2018 we are planning similar ideation days this year on  the topics of air quality and social value. More information soon 

Future Leaders and Change Accelerator courses and the Future Leadership Forum 

Our flagship leadership and innovation courses continue, with a growing range of activities for alumni via the Future Leadership Forum. See here for more information on Future Leaders and the Change Accelerator. 

Insights & Innovations Webinar Series 

Our next series will run in September on the topic of “Innovation and LeadershipMore information to follow. 

Innovation Showcase events 

In Winter 2019/20 we plan to hold events similar to March 2019’s Innovation Showcase. The exact format is to be decided and will be heavily influenced by the outcome of the Open Innovation Pathfinder project.  

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