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Think Tank

Future Visions

Exploring ideas around a restorative/ net positive built environment, based on our understanding of environmental limits and social equality, and drawing on both best practice and emerging knowledge from leading practitioners and thinkers from around the globe about creating exemplary projects at both the building and neighbourhood level.

Grand Challenges

Identifying areas that need systemic change, both across the industry and at a cultural level, and then developing disruptive, collaborative responses about how change can be achieved, resulting in systems maps to show what change (and new system infrastructure) is needed to meet the grand challenge.

Exemplars Library

At the Sustainable Development Foundation our mission is to help tackle the climate and ecological emergency by driving the adoption of exemplary sustainability practices in buildings. Our library of exemplar projects demonstrates buildings which are fit for the future and being built, NOW.



The Sustainable Development Foundation has supported the development of a number of leading non-profit organisations.

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Latest News

Window reveal exposed prior to repair and installation of internal wall insulation (IWI)

Traditional Whole House Retrofit at Ton Pentre: monitoring results

The case study report on a multi-year project to deliver and assess a whole house retrofit of a small solid wall mid-terrace home in the South Wales Valleys has just been published. The Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA), which is managed by the SDF, worked in partnership with RHA (formerly known as Rhondda Housing Association) to carry out the retrofit at a void 2-bed mid terrace pre-1919 dwelling in Ton Pentre.