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 take a holistic approach to all aspects of building sustainably, demonstrating how exemplar projects deliver different aspects of sustainability across three cross-cutting themes:

  • Enable sustainable communities
  • Promote occupant health and wellbeing
  • Deliver whole-life net zero


Within the three cross-cutting themes, we use ten sustainability indicators to define high performance, sustainable buildings. Rather than just focusing on buildings which achieve, for example, low energy use, our exemplars demonstrate a holistic approach to sustainability that delivers for people, planet and communities. All the featured projects are complete or nearing completion, showing how the construction industry can be transformed to be fit for the future, NOW.


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