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Sustainability performance of the UK’s 25 largest homebuilders revealed

Annual NextGeneration report identifies three key areas of risk and opportunity for the British homebuilding industry

Lendlease, Barratt Homes and Redrow are the UK’s most sustainable homebuilders according to this year’s NextGeneration sustainability benchmark, which ranks the UK’s 25 largest homebuilders on their sustainability performance.

The report, administered by JLL and overseen by executive committee members the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), has revealed that NextGeneration members, of which there are seven, are leading the homebuilding industry with an average sustainability score of 72 percent, well above the industry average of 39 percent.

Each year the top 25 UK homebuilders are assessed on a wide range of indicators of high-quality, sustainable homebuilding and are given an overall percentage score out of 100. This year, Lendlease demonstrated the best performance by scoring 90 percent. Barratt Homes took second place scoring 86 percent while Redrow came third with 80 percent.

Sophie Walker, head of UK Sustainability, JLL, said: “JLL’s analysis shows that NextGeneration members are a step ahead of the industry. Quality is driving sustainability issues in the UK homebuilding sector and members of this benchmark are placing demand for quality at the heart of everything they do. Whether it’s implementing placemaking principles, promoting health and wellbeing or measuring socio-economic impacts, Lendlease. Barratt Homes and Redrow have all shown that they are at the forefront of high quality sustainable homebuilding this year.”

Commenting on taking this year’s top spot on the NextGeneration leader board, Paul King responsible for Sustainability and External Affairs at LendLease said: “We’re very proud to have been recognised by one of the industry’s leading sustainability indices in this way for the second year running. As a business, we are committed to creating the best places for people to live – and social and environmental sustainability goes to the very heart of that commitment. This award is testament to the standards we apply to our work, and our investment in helping to establish vibrant communities which stand the test of time.”

The NextGeneration report highlights three areas of risk and opportunity for UK homebuilders driven by the quality agenda: air quality, blockchain applications and home technology.

Walker explained: “Concern is mounting about indoor and outdoor pollution but leading homebuilders are using green infrastructure, HEPA air filters and monitoring to tackle this head on. Forward-thinking developers are also keeping a watchful eye on research into secure electronic gateways via blockchain technology to limit the hacking potential of networks and smart appliances. They are also leading the way on smart home technology systems that enhance the quality of life for home owners through circadian lighting systems that improve sleeping patterns and mobile apps that promote social interaction and encourage active lifestyles.” 

Walker concludes: “By showcasing the performance of leading firms, NextGeneration aims to create healthy competition amongst UK homebuilders and ultimately encourage them to deliver more sustainable homes and communities.”

To read the full report click here​​