The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has published new guidance for the built environment sector to help de-mystify the practice of measuring the social value of buildings and places. 

For the built environment sector, the measurement of social value is already a critical part of the commitment to creating social value across the supply chain, and a rapidly evolving area of practice. The guidance, Delivering Social Value: Measurement, considers the relevance of social value metrics to practitioners acting at each stage of the project lifecycle. 

Here are my key takeaways from the guidance for practitioners and those involved in social value delivery:

Measuring across the development lifecycle 

  • The social value commitment and measurement will vary at each stage of the project lifecycle
  • The information provided to stakeholders/decision makers throughout will need to be tailored depending on the social value being addressed.

Principles of measuring buildings and places 

  • The measurement approach should be determined by what is trying to be achieved; involving all affected stakeholders

Common measurement approaches

  • When applying any method, all impacts positive and negative need to be included to measure true impact of an initiative
  • Measuring social value can be as simple as surveying community wellbeing before and after a project.

For the full guidance notes and detail, including useful data sets and further tools/frameworks follow the link:

https://www.ukgbc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Delivering-Social-Value-Measurement.pdf