Berkeley Homes comes top in sustainability homebuilding benchmark


The Next Generation sustainability benchmark for homebuilders has named Berkeley Homes as top of its rankings for 2013.

Out of 25 homebuilders, Berkeley Group was the top sustainable homebuilder followed by Miller Homes and Crest Nicholson.


Willmott Dixon was most improved increasing its benchmark score from 71 per cent in 2012 to 82 per cent in 2013.

Berkeley scored 91 per cent against the benchmark of 25 criteria, and was the first construction company ever to break the 90 per cent barrier.

Under the benchmark house construction companies are ranked against best practice criteria in three categories, which are environment, society and economy and strategy and governance.

In the environmental criteria, this means environmental management and key impact areas including energy and climate change, waste, water, ecology, sustainable building standards, transport and procurement.

The report outlining the performance of the companies noted that homebuilders are increasingly looking to include sustainable specifications in their tender documents and are showing a preference for lower carbon, recycled or sustainably sources products.

Berkeley Group managing director Rob Perrins said: “Sustainability is at the heart of Berkeley. This is as true in Berkeley’s corporate strategy and commitments to shareholders as it is in the day-to-day running of a business in which our people are driven, across every discipline, to deliver long-term sustainable success.

“We are aware of the need to balance our aim to be successful with a will to operate sustainably and with a social purpose. Creating exceptional places that stand the test of time is at the forefront of this, as is our role in creating new jobs, working in partnership with local communities and contributing to communities in and around each of our developments.”