News release

NextGeneration reveals sustainability performance of the UK’s top homebuilders

Telford Homes named the UK’s most sustainable homebuilder in the NextGeneration 2020 benchmark and Lloyds Bank joins the NextGeneration Executive Committee

March 17, 2021

NextGeneration, the benchmark which assesses and ranks the UK’s 25 largest homebuilders on their sustainability performance has today released its annual report which names Telford Homes as the UK’s most sustainable housebuilder for the first time.

This year the NextGeneration results were announced at the launch on 17 March, which brought together developers and investors from across the sector. 

It is the first time that Telford Homes has topped the benchmark, moving up from second place. Lendlease and Barratt Developments were ranked joint second; with Taylor Wimpey placing fourth and new member Hill was placed ninth.

Telford Homes also received the Crystal Award which recognises the highest performing homebuilder during Phase 1 of the benchmark, where homebuilders’ publicly available information is assessed.

NextGeneration’s Innovation award was given to Hill for their inspiring and forward-thinking ‘Solohaus’ accommodation scheme for the homeless. Designed as a philanthropic project to celebrate the company’s 20th anniversary, £12 million was pledged for the gifting of 200 specifically designed modular homes.

Andrew Day, sustainability director at Telford Homes, said: “Throughout this unprecedented year, continuing to shape and refine our Building a Living Legacy strategy has been more important than ever; helping us to better understand the materiality issues when balanced against the evolving policy landscape and societal shifts in attitudes. We are delighted that our dedication and progress has been continued to be recognised by the NextGeneration sustainability benchmark.”

NextGeneration works by inspiring companies to report against a range of criteria - developed in collaboration with the industry for over 15 years - relating to high-quality sustainable homebuilding. The benchmark assesses UK homebuilders on a wide range of indicators, and each company is given an overall percentage score out of 100. The criteria cover: Company strategy and governance, reporting, future proofing, environmental site management, minimum sustainability standards, ecology and urban drainage, energy and carbon, water, waste, transport, procurement, health and safety, community and customer engagement, design and placemaking and economic development.

NextGeneration has announced that Lloyds Bank is the latest addition to its executive committee and will join JLL, UKGBC and Homes England. Lloyds Bank will be represented by David Willock, managing director, head of origination & sustainability real estate & housing and David Cleary, managing director & head of housing, commercial banking.

The 2020 NextGeneration report focusses on COVID-19 and explores how experiences from the COVID-19 pandemic may influence future home design. This includes highlighting the vulnerabilities among the elderly population and the accelerated importance of health and wellbeing in the home.

John Alker, director of policy and place at the UK Green Building Council, commented: “COVID turned the world upside down in 2020, forcing governments, businesses and households to completely re-think what it is that we all want, need and value. In this context it’s no surprise that personal health, flexible space and access to nature have become key themes for the housebuilding industry. Despite COVID – and in some ways spurred on by it – the climate and ecological crisis has also remained high on the agenda as we look ahead to a crucial COP26. With this highly complex backdrop, NextGeneration provides a dose of clarity for housebuilders, a timely reminder of what constitutes best practice and the importance of a comprehensive and robust approach to sustainability.”

Robert Stone, technical director at Homes England, added: “Covid-19 has had a significant impact on the housebuilding industry which has directly affected the completion of new homes across the country. Homes England has worked closely with the sector and colleagues in government to support the industry to build back its capacity. We’ll continue to work with our partners to support the economic recovery, build high quality homes and places for healthy living and help deliver the Government’s Build Back Better agenda. NextGeneration further supports this by highlighting best practice and encouraging greater sustainability transparency across the homebuilding sector. We are pleased to see the members and wider industry increasing their adoption of Modern Methods of Construction, not only to boost their supply chain capabilities but also to help support the objective of sustainable development.”

Sophie Walker, UK head of sustainability at JLL, said: “Diseases have shaped how we live for centuries and COVID-19 is no exception. It has highlighted essential changes that must be made to create healthier and happier homes, aligned to a net zero carbon and nature positive future. This report sheds light on both how homes should be designed to be pandemic resilient and how COVID-19 learnings can help solve long-term sustainability challenges, such as aging populations and the climate crisis. We are proud to be a part of the NextGeneration Benchmark, which provides a clear routemap for homebuilders to deliver positive environmental and social impacts and throw the sector’s weight behind the global effort to reimagine a healthy, sustainable future.”

Download the full report here.

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