UK Green Building Council

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) is a United Kingdom membership organisation, formed in 2007, which aims to 'radically transform' the way that the built environment in the UK is planned, designed, constructed, maintained and operated.

UK Green Building Council logo

The council is concerned about the environmental impact of buildings and infrastructure on the environment, in particular the use of water, materials, energy, the impact of greenhouse gas emissions, and the health of building occupants.


The organisation was founded in the autumn of 2006 and launched in February 2007[1] in response to the 2004 Sustainable Building Task Group Report Better Buildings - Better Lives,[2] which recommended the UK Government should "review the advisory bodies concerned with sustainable buildings to simplify and consolidate them and to provide clear direction to the industry" (para 1.8, p. 7).

Its first CEO was Paul King (formerly head of campaigns at WWF), who filled the role from its inception until December 2014.[3] The current CEO is Julie Hirigoyen.[4]

UKGBC is a charitable organisation, and - through the World Green Building Council - is part of a global network of like-minded organisations in almost 80 countries. Its headquarters is at The Building Centre in London.

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  1. ^ "Construction sector rises to challenge of building eco-friendly homes of the future". 28 February 2007.
  2. ^ Better Buildings - Better LivesNational Archives. Accessed: 21 July 2015.
  3. ^ Pitt, Vern (11 December 2014). "Interview: Paul King". Building. UBM. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  4. ^ Wilson, Robyn (January 2015). "JLL UK head of sustainability Julie Hirigoyen appointed UK Green Building Council chief". Construction News.

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