SOM Associate Mina Hasman has been invited to join a new task group launched by UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) that aims to develop a definition of social value for the built environment. An architect and sustainability advocate, Hasman will work alongside leaders from across the building design and development sector to promote a vision for places that enhance community bonds and protect the natural environment.
In announcing the initiative and its purpose, UKGBC notes there is still significant confusion across the industry around how to define social value. Planners, procurement teams, and investors often don’t know what to require from delivery partners and sometimes set requirements in an inconsistent way. There are often calls for standardization, particularly around the measurement of social value, but also for flexibility, with practitioners recognizing that social value must be considered in local contexts. A framework definition would help to build consensus on a common understanding of social value in the built environment.
The task group aims therefore to develop a definition of social value that is relevant to a broad variety of development types, geographies, and communities, in order to provide the industry with a common language, consistent principles, and an agreed process for delivery.
Mina Hasman previously participated in UKGBC’s first task group on Social Value in 2018, which resulted in the publication of an introductory guide for local authorities and development teams in the UK.