Policy & Advocacy
UKGBC works with our members and with policymakers at all levels across the UK to advocate for a built environment that meets the challenges of the climate and ecological crises
At a time of climate and nature emergency and a cost of living crisis, the UK needs bold government leadership and policy at national, devolved and local levels to transform our buildings, towns and cities.
The built environment sector must work together at pace and scale to champion the ambitious policies that we need to deliver a zero-carbon, climate-resilient, regenerative future.
What does our policy & advocacy work look like?
As the voice of our sustainable built environment, UKGBC works across the sector to implement change in three main ways.
Using our collective voice
We utilise our collective expertise to influence the decisions that matter to our sector
Engaging with policy makers
We engage with decision-makers to shape the policies that will deliver a greener future.
Supporting our members’ advocacy
We support our members with advocacy and strategic campaigns.
Key policy wins
Areas of work
Explore our work on the need for a nationwide retrofit strategy.
Future Homes and Buildings Standards
Explore our work related to new build homes and the Future Homes Standard.
Explore our work on national and local planning policy and how it can shape a sustainable built environment.
Explore how policies can build climate resilience in our buildings and communities.
Explore how nature positive policies can help increase biodiversity in the built environment.
Powering Up Britain – Policy Analysis
On 30th March, 2023, the UK Government announced a wide range of policies and strategies…
Response to Government Consultation on National Planning Policy Framework
As the collective voice of the UK’s built environment sector, UKGBC urges the Government to…
Response to BEIS Consultation on ECO+
We welcome the new ECO+ scheme as an addition to the urgently needed support for…
Response to Government’s Net Zero Review
On behalf of its members, UKGBC has responded to the government’s Call for Evidence as…
Decarbonising the built environment Government policy scorecard
A scorecard analysis of Government action against the policy recommendations in UKGBC’s Whole Life Carbon Roadmap and the big challenges and opportunities ahead.
Pay As You Save
The Pay As You Save report was launched in 2009 and looks at property linked finance for home retrofit.
UKGBC responds to consultation on biodiversity Net Gain Regulations and Implementation
UKGBC has responded to DEFRA’s consultation on biodiversity net gain regulations and implementation proposals. UKGBC’s…
A housing market catalyst to drive carbon emission reductions
A new report setting out UKGBC’s detailed proposals for a stamp duty incentive to help build a market for home energy improvements
Future Homes Standard is a golden opportunity to deliver zero-carbon, climate-resilient homes
UKGBC reacts to the Future Homes Hub Task Group Report on Refining the 2025 Future…
2 Mar, 2023
Biodiversity Net Gain plans include both welcome decisions and missed opportunities
UKGBC reacts to the Government’s published response to its consultation on Biodiversity Net Gain regulations…
23 Feb, 2023
Strong foundations for Scotland to keep building towards net zero
UKGBC responds to the resignation of Nicola Sturgeon as First Minister of Scotland. The Scottish…
16 Feb, 2023
New Department should put net zero at the heart of all Government decisions
UKGBC responds to the Government’s creation of a Department for Energy Security and Net Zero.…
7 Feb, 2023