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.
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.
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.
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.
We held our inaugural lecture on Friday 2nd July, in memory of the late Neil May MBE.
Neil May was an inspiration to many and helped shape the development of many of our SDF Alliance partners: the ASBP, the Good Homes Alliance, Passivhaus Trust and STBA.
This month we welcome new Associate Kate Brown as our Head of Special Projects. She brings a wealth of knowledge in marketing and strategic development, and has worked for the last four years in sustainable construction.