Solutions Portal

To help refine our process for solutions-gathering and evaluation, we have launched a pilot portal with two “challenges” centred around “how to achieve net zero carbon buildings”.
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August 24, 2020


Research & Innovation



Why we are doing this?

The built environment sector must rapidly tackle the climate and ecological crises and associated social impacts. Stretching commitments are being made by governments, local authorities, industry organisations and companies that require radical changes in how we plan, construct, and operate our built environment. This is resulting in new challenges, and so, UKGBC is increasing its work to speed up the process of challenge and solution identification.

How we are doing this?

UKGBC is establishing a new collaborative process for identifying shared sustainability challenges and undertaking time-bound crowdsourcing of ready-to-use solutions to them. To help us refine our process for solutions-gathering and evaluation, we have launched a pilot with two challenges centred around the topic of “how to achieve net zero carbon buildings”:

Challenge Statement 1 

“How can a building owner improve their existing buildings, with as little physical intervention as possible, to achieve net zero operational carbon by 2030?” 

 Challenge Statement 2 

“How can office owners and occupiers improve the connection between live building occupancy and the control of building services, to reduce operational energy consumption?” 

How you can get involved 

Submit your solution suggestions, and review those of others, by participating in our pilot project! We have launched the challenges, and are crowd-sourcing solutions to them, using the Microsoft Teams Ideas Ideation platform, a web or app-based idea management tool. If you would like to submit your solution and access the portal, please complete one of the below forms: 


Non-members are required to submit a solution for review before access to the platform is granted.

We are crowdsourcing solutions until Friday 18th September, at which time the pilot challenges will close and solutions will be selected for further evaluation. 

Steering Group

A Steering Group, made up of individuals from the membership, are assisting with this pilot project. The individuals were chosen based on their involvement in the initial scoping of this project, their previous work with UKGBC on innovation, and their work on net-zero carbon through the NZCB Commitment Forum. Their role includes identifying the initial challengescreating an evaluation methodology and using it to evaluate the submitted solutions, and providing feedback on the portal and wider process.   The steering group includes: 

  • Alex Edds, Director of Innovation and Digital Consulting, JLL
  • Andy Doyle, Major Projects Director, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland 
  • Bev Taylor, Director of Energy and Environment, Bruntwood 
  • Claudine Blamey, Head of Sustainability and Digital Strategy, Argent (Property Development) Services LLP 
  • David Price, Executive Director – Head of Investment Management, Federated Hermes
  • Ed Wealend, Head of Research and Innovation, Cundall 
  • Lorna Walker, Co-founder – COO and Head of ESG, Modomo Ltd 
  • Maria Smith, Director, BuroHappold Engineering 
  • Mike Cross, Head of Partnerships and Innovation, Willmott Dixon 
  • Mina Hasman, Associate, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (Europe) LLP 
  • Sam Carson, Director of Sustainability, Carbon Intelligence 
  • Sunand Prasad, Senior Partner, PPRIBA, Perkins & Will 

“Solution” submission criteria: 

  • Include both a title and a maximum 250-word description of how your “solution” significantly helps solve the challenge. Ideally, this should include information on how the impact of the “solution” could be measured or verified, along with any associated risks and costs. 
  • Can be from anywhere around the world. 
  • Must be possible to implement now. We are not looking for hypothetical ideas and concepts.  
  • Does not have to be something new. It could be a novel application of an old product/ principle. 
  • Can be a technology/ product, a service, a process, an operating/ financial model, or government policy. 
  • If it is a technology/ product you must explain how it is best implemented to deliver impactful outcomes. 
  • Might not solve the whole challenge on its own but must play a significant role.  
  • Must not contain any content that could be deemed as offensive, illegal or otherwise inappropriate. 
  • You may submit a solution that you are aware of, even if you are not personally involved in its implementation. 
  • You may submit a solution that promotes your/ your company’s own product or service if it addresses the defined challenge. UKGBC may contact you to request further information, including an example of the solution having been successfully applied for a named client. Any overt sales pitch will be removed by UKGBC. 


  • UKGBC does not endorse or verify the validity of “solutions” that appear on this portal. When the challenge is closed, UKGBC will evaluate those “solutions” it thinks are most impactful and then publish further information on them. UKGBC may contact the solution providers for further information to enable the evaluation. This is at the sole discretion of UKGBC. 
  • UKGBC reserve the right to review or delete any “solutions” at their discretion, especially any content that does not meet the pre-prescribed submission and solutions criteria. 


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