UKGBC signals climate resilience ambitions in built environment

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has unveiled a sector ambition statement for climate resilience and nature in the built environment.

On 8 November, it published the statement in a short report, Climate resilience and embracing nature: An ambition for the built environment, with it reading: “By 2030, all buildings and infrastructure will, throughout their lifetime, be climate resilient and maximise environment net gains, through the prioritisation of nature-based solutions.”

It has been co-created in partnership with UKGBC members and other key stakeholders from across the built environment value chain. Alastair Mant, Head of Business Transformation at UKGBC, explained: “With this simple statement, we’re providing a focal point for industry to aim for; a level of ambition that is both commensurate with the scale of the challenge and viable within our industry.”

UKGBC said that research had shown applying nature-based solutions can improve the climate resilience of buildings and infrastructure assets, while also delivering benefits to ecosystems, improving health and wellbeing and sequestrating carbon. The use of nature-based assets would see instances such as communities where urban environments are cooled through networks of tree canopies instead of air conditioning units and rainwater being managed, stored and filtered through green roofs.

The UKGBC is now planning to collaboratively develop a roadmap with the industry, outlining challenges and required interventions to achieve the ambition. It said it is hoping to be able to launch it in early 2021.