Campaign suggests measures, including self-build and community investment schemes, as part of business plan for UK construction

Paul King, UKGBC

Paul King, UKGBC

Construction firms should offer greater support for self-build housing to drive green growth, a report by the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) argues.

Greater support for self-build projects was one of five strategies outlined in the report to tackle the challenge of creating sustainable growth in a world with increasingly scarce resources.

The report recommends firms embrace a model which offers turnkey solutions to customers with the ability to customise their homes to a high level.

The recommendation follows a government drive to double self-build’s share of the new build market.

Paul King, chief executive of the UKGBC, said: “Britain may look disarmingly similar in decades to come because the vast majority of it has already been built. But the built environment industry will need to change beyond recognition. In other sectors, we’ve seen major businesses rendered redundant because they failed to adapt quickly enough.”

Other proposals in the UKGBC’s Plan for Growth in a Resource Constrained World include community investment schemes, tools to search for green homes online, rental schemes that allow tenants to build up equity and more flexibility in the rental of office space.

The business plan for the UK construction industry was developed with the input of around 50 figures from across the industry over the last six months.