Sustainability Forum

Our vision is to accelerate the rapid uptake of sustainability across the UK real estate sector and to remove barriers to enable everyone to implement sustainable practice in all aspects of their work.

Sustainability Forum

The UK Sustainability Forum’s mission is to accelerate the rapid uptake of sustainability across the UK urban realm, to provide commoditisation and to remove barriers so everyone can implement sustainable practice in all aspects of their work. Our programme integrates across ULI’s existing initiatives under the following four themes: existing buildings, overlaying building performance with productivity, social cohesion and climate resilience.

Who we are

We are investors, institutional property owners and managers, leading designers and engineers, academics and civil servants, as well as other professionals, all active in the UK property sector. We are lead by a member Steering Committee (see right) who aim to deliver and support a programme for public and private, large and small organisations who care about advancing sustainability in all areas of our urban realm.

Delivering Our Vision

We will deliver our vision by providing inspiration to the UK property industry through high quality thought leaders, member discussion, select speakers and by sharing examples of best practice locally and internationally.  We participate as a respected voice in the UK industry on sustainability issues and provide a ‘safe harbour’ where ideas can be discussed among peers, explored and fostered.

Our Approach

We work with industry representatives and the public sector in the UK to establish the national agenda. We also work closely with ULI Councils and Forums and ULI’s European Councils to ensure that we are sharing best practice and thought leadership with our members in the UK.


Member Survey – ULI UK Sustainability Agenda

This survey is the chance for you to share your views on how ULI UK can drive better sustainability decision-making, support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and accelerate the real estate sector’s transition and contribution towards our collective sustainable future. The Sustainability Committee invites the ULI UK membership along with any interested external parties, guests, and friends to shape our forthcoming content and programming. Sparing 5 mins to answer these 5 quick questions will enable our committee to maximise the value of our activities, and embed sustainability in the … Read More

Wellbeing Survey

There is growing evidence that buildings and our urban environment influence our health and wellbeing, yet there is limited insight into how investment decisions across the property life-cycle are being influenced by wellbeing. The ULI UK Sustainability Council is embarking on a research initiative to explore the value proposition for healthy buildings and the role of wellbeing in property investment decisions. Share your views in the 7 min survey here: Survey The research, sponsored by energy solutions provider, E.ON, will analyse survey and interview data from ULI members and feature … Read More

Beyond Certification – Innovation and Wellbeing

ULI UK – Sustainability Council Day Summary  4th June 2018 Author: Enzo Giovanetti, La Française While the word is often associated with greenwashing and meaningless statements, sustainability is actually measurable and encompasses more than energy performance and greenhouse gas emission measurements.  Thus, this year’s ULI UK Sustainability Council Day focused on the relevance of certifications as proxy for driving forward sustainability in the built environment.  It was also the opportunity to explore how innovation in wellbeing has the potential to make sustainability revolve around users.  Bringing together professionals from across … Read More

ULI UK Becomes a Partner of Immowell-Lab

ULI UK has partnered up with Immowell-Lab, the innovation ecosystem gathering startups with real estate professionals and corporate occupiers to accelerate the intake of health and wellbeing topics in the real estate sector. Founded late 2015, Immowell-Lab now includes 70+ startups selected by 25+ partners and has fostered 200 POCs (pilot projects). This ecosystem covers a wide range of topics around health and wellbeing and promotes innovative startups solutions that can be used on various asset types, including offices, retail and residential and at all stages of building lifecycle. Immowell-Lab … Read More

The Business Case for Passivhaus

PassivHaus has grown in popularity in the UK with increasing numbers of private residences and schools completed over the past years, as well as two major efforts exceeding 100 units by local authorities, Camden and Norwich City. Launched in the early 90’s Passivhaus promises highly efficient buildings with far reaching benefits across the building life-cycle. Why is market adoption slow and only until recently being considered at a significant scale in the UK? A roundtable led by the ULI Sustainability and Residential Council’s provided first hand insights from Norwich Council, … Read More

Energy Cost of Preservation – Policy Rethink?

Heritage preservation is a contentious topic across the UK and one that can not be measured on a single factor. ULI were privileged to have Christian Hilber, Professor of Economic Geography, LSE share his research into The Energy Cost of Preservation as part of the ULI Research Insights series. The forum provided a fascinating debate which also included Andrea Carvajal, Associate, Sturgis Carbon Profiling and Joe Baker, Head of Service Management, London Borough of Haringey to explore the value of preservation and how whole lifecycle factors should also play an … Read More

Sustainability Council Evolution

Sustainability has significantly matured across all property sectors and as such the ULI UK Sustainability Council has decided to evolve its focus to ensure it continues to provide a lasting value and impact across ULI. Our new approach to ‘sustainability’ will focus on engaging with the wider ULI agendas to assist in delivering cutting-edge thinking more broadly across all real estate sectors. The ‘Sustainability Council’ will retain a core focus and safe harbour for honest debate through two annual meetings and seek closer collaboration with ULI’s Councils, flagship events and … Read More

ULI Retail Healthy Places Roundtable

As people live longer and many cities densify it is becoming more apparent that the urban environment plays an increasingly integral role in human health. ULI recently held a Retail focused Healthy Places Roundtable in Birmingham, bringing together key players (see attendees in summary link below) from across the urban life-cycle to understand and challenge how property and the urban environment could play a leadership role in improving citizen health. The roundtable also forms part of a growing programme across ULI with two earlier forums in the UK and the … Read More

ULI UK Sustainability Council Day

Urban Resilience: Health, Circular Economy and Flooding Our urban environment is rapidly evolving to meet the resource, health and climate requirements of the future but are these changes wide spread? Drawing on applied learnings and research from the circular economy, health and flooding, the Sustainability Council Day will bring together multi-disciplinary urban professionals to better understand how best practice is unlocking and delivering urban resilience. The ULI UK Sustainability Council Day – kindly hosted by Sidley Austin, 25 Basinghall St, London EC2V 5HA – will take place on 23rd May 2017. This … Read More

A workspace or a social experience? A tour of Sky Central

Author: Rob Enright, Blackstock PR Last month a small group of ULI members had the privilege to tour the tallest commercial timber structure in the UK. Neil Usher, Director of Workplace at Sky, Wayne McKiernan, of PLP Architecture, and Arup’s Carolina Bartram guided the group through a structure that really is a social experience. The building is a modern, people-centric workplace. The tour took us through a 37,700m2 building that has been designed to encourage flexibility, openness, ease of access and communication. Along the way we journeyed through 18 ‘neighbourhoods’ … Read More