Leading edge

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.



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Latest News

Presenting our approach to high performance buildings

Sustainable Development Foundation is a UNECE Centre of Excellence for High Performance Buildings. Our new position paper highlights how we work across the SDF Alliance organsations to deliver against ten performance indicators, and show what’s deliverable, right NOW to make buildings fit for the future.

SDF becomes a UNECE Centre of Excellence for High Performance Buildings

We’re very excited to announce that on 3rd November at COP26 in Glasgow, SDF became one of the first UNECE International Centres of Excellence for High Performance Buildings, helping advance the rapid transition to high performance buildings in support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate Accord.