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 implement the solutions to them.


April 17, 2019


Research & Innovation



A step change in the sector’s environmental and social impact is needed to achieve UKGBC’s 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.

The Solutions Library highlights practical and commercially viable ways to help address common sustainability challenges across the built environment, alongside case studies demonstrating their implementation and the notable work of UKGBC members. We welcome anyone to submit or recommend solutions, and UGKBC members to submit case studies, for potential inclusion. We regularly feature content from the Solutions Library in our social media communications, courses & events and in discussions with our members.

UKGBC also collaborates with a range of hubs, accelerators, and investors to help identify and scale sustainable innovations across the built environment.


UKGBC has an expanding community of Innovative Start-Up members, which it welcomes at a discounted rate of £105 per year. UKGBC works to profile and connect start-ups in its network with its wider corporate membership. Benefits of being a UKGBC Innovative Start-Up Member include:

  1. Profiling on Inside Innovation page
  2. Opportunity to participate in our Inside Innovation blog series, which convenes start-ups in our network around key innovation themes
  3. Access to quarterly Innovative Start-Up Forum where we are joined by different UKGBC member sub-sectors (more details below)
  4. Start-up bulletin sharing various opportunities from our network including pilot projects, investment and acceleration opportunities
  5. Bespoke opportunities like introductions, networking events, speaking opportunities, media opportunities etc

For more information about becoming an Innovative Start-Up member, or to enquire about working with one of our existing start-ups, please contact Applications can be made directly through our regular membership application form.

Upcoming Innovative Start-Up Forums:

Previous meetings:

  • Meet the Contractors” – 27th September 2022. We welcomed ISG, Multiplex Construction Europe and Laing O’Rourke as our guest panellists.
  • “Meet the Architects” – 13th April 2022. We welcomed Penoyre & Prasad, Orms, Bennetts Associates, and SOM as our guest panellists.
  • “Meet the Developers”, 12th January 2022. We welcomed Berkeley Homes, Transport for London, Grosvenor, and JLL as our guest panellists.


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For more information about collaborating with UKGBC on innovation activities, contact