Green infrastructure is no longer a “fluffy extra”, UKGBC tells developers

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) is urging the property industry to play a leading role in protecting and enhancing natural features and biodiversity in the urban environment. The call comes as a UKGBC task group releases a report presenting the business case for green infrastructure, ranging from street trees and roof gardens to parks and woodlands.

The report, Demystifying green infrastructure, says the benefits of green infrastructure include:

  • Potentially increased values of land and property
  • Reduced installation and maintenance costs
  • Reduced energy/air conditioning costs through natural cooling from living walls, roofs and courtyards
  • Improved health and wellbeing of people.

Risks associated with failing to incorporate green infrastructure include:

  • Planning permission being refused or delayed
  • Flooding
  • Loss of valuable habitat
  • Reputational damage through loss of client relationships/investment.

John Alker, director of policy and communications and acting CEO of the UKGBC, said: “We have to shed the image of green infrastructure as a fluffy optional extra, an additional cost or an unnecessary burden.”

The report is sponsored by Aggregate Industries, Canary Wharf Group and Skanska.

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