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NextGeneration’s robust membership base demonstrates homebuilders sustained commitment


London, 23 March 2009 – NextGeneration announces nine of the UK’s largest homebuilders as members for 2009, despite challenging market conditions.  Launched in 2006, NextGeneration is a property industry-driven initiative to drive sustainability best practice into the heart of the UK’s residential development sector. 
Nina Jackson, associate director in Jones Lang LaSalle’s Sustainability Services team who oversees the running of NextGeneration said; “We have been extremely encouraged by the commitment of NextGeneration members to the sustainability agenda.  While new build homes account for only 1% of the existing housing stock, they present a significant opportunity to deliver long-term environmental, social and economic benefits. The imperative to deliver sustainable communities is now a key policy objective for the Government which has set a challenging target for the industry – to deliver zero carbon sustainable housing from 2016.  It is against this backdrop that NextGeneration was launched.”
Sarah Ratcliffe, lead director of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Sustainability Services team said; “NextGeneration promotes best practice through benchmarking the sustainability performance of housebuilders, providing members with market intelligence briefings and the tools to encourage good practice and also facilitates networking to share experience and best practice.”
NextGeneration membership is open to UK homebuilders, nine of which are already members and include; Barratt, Berkeley Group, Crest Nicholson, Crosby Lend Lease, Inspace Partnerships, Gladedale Homes, Keepmoat Homes, Miller Homes and Taylor Wimpey. This represents almost 50% of new homes built by the country’s top 25 homebuilders.
 
For more information see www.nextgeneration-initiative.co.uk
 
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