NextGeneration is an annual sustainability benchmark of the 25 largest homebuilders in the UK.

NextGeneration enables homebuilders, Government, registered providers (RPs), investors, employees and the public to understand the sustainability of homebuilders’ operations and the new homes they build.

NextGeneration works by inspiring companies to report against a range of criteria – developed in collaboration with the industry for over ten years – relating to high-quality, sustainable homebuilding. The assessment is primarily based on publicly available information and has been a key driver of greater transparency and accountability within the sector. By showcasing leading firms, NextGeneration aims to create healthy competition amongst homebuilders and ultimately encourage them to deliver more sustainable homes and communities.

The NextGeneration Executive Committee consists of Homes England, Lloyds Bank, UKGBC and the initiative’s secretariat JLL.

NextGeneration’s activities include:

  • Benchmarking the sustainability performance of the UK’s largest homebuilders
  • Providing members with market intelligence briefings and detailed advice supporting good practice
  • Facilitating networking to share experience and best practice

The NextGeneration assessment process

NextGeneration assesses the sustainability performance of the top 25 homebuilders of the UK using robust criteria covering the following areas:

  • Company strategy & governance
  • Reporting
  • Future proofing
  • Environmental site management
  • Minimum sustainability standards
  • Ecology & urban drainage
  • Energy/carbon
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Transport
  • Procurement
  • Health & safety
  • Community & customer engagement
  • Design & place-making
  • Economic development

Phase 1: All companies are assessed based on publicly available information. In recognition of the greater effort required to release information publicly and the resulting improved transparency, Phase 1 results are given a greater weighting than the Phase 2 results: 60% for Phase 1 and 40% for Phase 2.

Phase 2: NextGeneration Members receive an enhanced assessment based on submitted evidence.

Results analysis: Results of the assessments are analysed in depth to provide members with detailed performance reports and tailored recommendations for further improvement.

Research and thought-leadership: NextGeneration publishes an annual report based on unparalleled industry insight and research into sustainability trends shaping the UK homebuilding industry.

For more details on the benefits of membership, please click here.