Powered by over 700 member organisations from across the value chain, UKGBC is at the forefront of positively influencing policy, identifying the pathways required to propel the sector forward sustainably and driving the solutions to transform our buildings, communities, cities and infrastructure so that people and nature thrive.

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

Reducing carbon emissions, and making our communities resilient to the changes we already face.

Eliminating waste and maximising resource efficiency

Embracing a Circular Economy and material reuse at a systems level.

Embracing and restoring nature and promoting biodiversity

Working towards a nature positive built environment in the face of an ecological crisis.

Creating long-term value for society and improving quality of life

The transition to a sustainable built environment must be just and equitable.

What we do

At UKGBC, we collaborate to advocate, enable and inspire accelerated leadership and action, primarily by business and government, on climate change, resource use, nature & biodiversity, health & wellbeing and socio-economic impact.

Committed to Net Zero

UKGBC is a member of the UN-backed Race to Zero campaign. We have pledged to:

  • Halve our absolute greenhouse gas emissions before 2030
  • Achieve net zero emissions before 2050
  • Develop a robust plan to achieve the necessary measurement and reductions to achieve these targets
  • Disclose our progress publicly on a yearly basis
  • Align our communications, policy and lobbying with our net zero commitment

We have established our baseline emissions footprint and are now developing, and taking immediate action to implement, an emissions reduction strategy. Our targets and progress towards them are being independently verified by Planet Mark, in line with the Science Based Targets initiative’s Corporate Net Zero Standard.

UKGBC seeks to drive positive impact through not only its own activities, but also by empowering and supporting those our membership community to take action. We hope that you will join us in this movement for change – find out about UKGBC’s role as a Race to Zero Accelerator here.

Our work

Our global network

UKGBC is part of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) network, a global network of over 75 national Green Building Councils transforming the places we live, work, play, heal and learn.

WorldGBC catalyses the uptake of sustainable and decarbonised built environments for everyone, everywhere. It works with businesses, organisations and governments to deliver on the ambitions of the Paris Agreement and UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

Through a systems change approach, WorldGBC challenge business as usual, stimulate market change and champion best practice to deliver on the 2030 decarbonisation and sustainability goals for our sector.

Our link with this global network gives our members unique access to international best practices, global projects, and international events such as the UN climate negotiations.