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Sustainable development delivers many benefits © iStock

28 March 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal


The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has launched two new resources for developers and local authorities designed to help improve social value outcomes in developments including commercial buildings. 


One resource, Social Value in New Development, looks at social value, its stakeholders, strategies for driving positive outcomes and measuring success, and the current barriers to delivery.


It provides a detailed overview of the outcomes and opportunities the consideration of social value in development can provide across three key areas: jobs and economic growth; health, well-being and the environment; and strength of community.


The other one takes the form of a Housing Standards Playbook – to support local authorities to drive up the sustainability of new homes through policy, including urging them to set a standard for all new homes to be built to 19 per cent improvements compared with current national minimum on carbon reduction; commit to a policy for all new homes to be net zero-carbon in operation from 2030 at the latest; and require developers to prove they have acted to mitigate against overheating risk, and have acted to close the performance gap.


Julie Hirigoyen, chief executive at UKGBC, said: “Raising the bar on standards for new homes and tackling energy and climate change are fundamental to delivering the high-quality, efficient, and healthy new homes we need.


“Sustainable development can deliver a wide range of benefits not only to residents, but to communities and cities at large. This comes through boosting local economies and quality of life through activities such as: providing jobs and apprenticeships, upgrading social and community facilities, and driving health & well-being through the provision of nature and green space.”