Solutions and Innovation

UKGBC continues to run a range of activities designed to enable a culture of open innovation and support innovative start-ups to scale. We take a collaborative approach to identify specific sustainability challenges, and to help industry source and help implement the solutions to them.


April 17, 2019


Research & Innovation



A step change in the sector’s environmental and social impact is required to achieve the UKGBC vision for a sustainable built environment. This requires innovation in technology, business models and ways of operating, but innovation in the sector can be slow. Our work on Solutions & Innovation aims to help address shared sustainability challenges within the property and construction sector by showcasing practical solutions and enhancing collaboration between innovators and corporates. Our work was founded on the success and learnings of a pilot solution crowdsourcing projectrun in 2020.

  1. UKGBC Solutions Libraryhighlighting practical and commercially viable solutions that help address common sustainability challenges, and case studies demonstrating their implementation. We welcome UKGBC members and non-members to submit solutions, and UGKBC members to submit case studies, for potential inclusion. We regularly feature content from the Library in our social media communications, courses & events and in discussions with our members.
  2. Innovation Challenges: Through running time-bound innovation challenges in collaboration with our members, UKGBC uses its unique convening power to identify and profile relevant solutions. UKGBC members can propose challenges that they would like help with here.
  3. Inside InnovationUKGBC has an expanding community of ‘Innovative Start-Up’ members, who we welcome at a discounted rate of just £105 per year. UKGBC Innovative Start-Up members are profiled in Inside Innovation, including interviews exploring their innovation journey. We host quarterly Innovative Start-Up Forum meetings to connect our start-ups with each other and the wider UKGBC membership. You can also find our Hub/Accelerator members, as well as UKGBC’s own innovation tools and resources, listed here.



Upcoming challenges:

  • Our 2022 challenges will support the implementation of UKGBC’s Whole Life Carbon Roadmap. If you would like to suggest a challenge, you can do so here.

Previous challenges:


Our next meeting will be held in July 2022 (TBA). You can catch up on previous Forum meetings by reading our reflection blog series:

  • “Meet the Architects” – April 2022 (coming soon).
  • Meet the Developers” – January 2022.


If you are a UKGBC member, please  join our Solutions & Innovation Mailing List to receive regular updates, or contact Contact if you would like to collaborate on innovation activities.