BUILD UPON Framework: Capturing the Benefits of Building Renovation

UKGBC has worked alongside WorldGBC, BPIE, Climate Alliance, 7 European Green Building Councils and over 30 local authorities across Europe to develop the BUILD UPON Framework. This Framework helps cities and local authorities measure the broad benefits of building renovation in a simple and consistent manner.


December 3, 2021




The built environment is directly responsible for 25% of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, renovating existing buildings to reduce their carbon emissions is key to achieving the UK’s ambition to reach net zero by 2050. The majority of the UK’s existing buildings will need upgrading. Fortunately, building renovation at scale can help tackle many other societal challenges. For example: reducing energy consumption and improving energy security; reducing energy poverty and improving health; boosting economies and supporting local skills and jobs.

Understanding and measuring these impacts can inform a wide range of policy decisions from climate change strategies and energy infrastructure investment to health care needs and fuel poverty alleviation. In addition, if  local authorities understand and measure these impacts they can:

  • Measure their progress against a broad range of targets
  • Learn from mistakes and successes to inform best practice
  • Build business cases for future retrofit
  • Increase public awareness of building renovation benefits


The BUILD UPON Framework defines Environmental, Social and Economic indicators that can be measured. It shows how to measure them and provides tools to aid data collection. This helps cities and local authorities capture data in a simple but standardised format.

The Framework is flexible, easy and free to use. It covers all buildings types. It can be used at a city level – to measure impacts across an entire area and support a city’s Sustainable Energy & Carbon Action Plan; or a project level – to measure the impacts of individual projects.  Local Authorities can measure all of the indicators or focus on just one or two to suit their priorities and resources.

Further Information & Resources

Click on the buttons below for a few key resources, which introduce you to the BUILD UPON Framework.

Additional information and resources can be found on WorldGBC’s BUILD UPON website.

BUILD UPON Framework: An introduction for Policy Makers & Local Authorities

BUILD UPON Framework: UK Version and Methodology

BUILD UPON Framework: Data Collection Strategy for Housing

Starting a Renovation Wave: Putting Real Impact First







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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 840926.