Moda Living becomes UKGBC Gold Leaf member

Moda Living’s Head of ESG discusses why becoming a UKGBC Gold Leaf member is an important step in its Next Generation Futures ESG programme.

Lucy Eaglesfield, Head of ESG at Moda Living discusses why becoming a UKGBC Gold Leaf member is an important step in its Next Generation Futures ESG programme | BTR News
Lucy Eaglesfield, Head of ESG at Moda Living discusses why becoming a UKGBC Gold Leaf member is an important step in its Next Generation Futures ESG programme.

Moda Living has taken the next step in its ESG journey by joining the UKGBC. The Build to Rent developer operator’s Head of ESG, Lucy Eaglesfield, writes about the news and why it’s an important step in Moda’s Next Generation Futures ESG programme. 

By Lucy Eaglesfield, Head of ESG, Moda Living

We’ve taken the next step in our sustainability journey – and we couldn’t be more excited.

Moda is proud to have become a Gold Leaf member along with our parent group, Caddick Group, joining their mission to “radically improve the sustainability of the built environment, by transforming the way it is planned, designed, constructed, maintained and operated”. In short: we’re driving progress to make the world a better place for future generations to live their healthiest, happiest lives.

Joining the UKGBC will enable us to support their brilliant work to achieve a more sustainable future in the UK’s property sector and to help us to advance our commitment to reduce our carbon emissions throughout the whole of our business, from planning and construction to long-term operation.

Under our ESG programme, Next Generation Futures, we already have numerous sustainability programmes underway – including building an actionable, achievable roadmap to net zero carbon, designing structures with minimal embodied carbon, and community initiatives to help residents and teams keep our Build to Rent neighbourhoods green once the doors are open.

We’ve had a great start to the year when it comes to ESG. In February, an independent report found that the development of Moda, The Lexington in Liverpool generated social value worth £76m. This included community outreach and educational programmes, as well as sustainability focused work which saw 99% of waste removed from the site was recovered for recycling.

A large part of what the UKGBC does is wellbeing work, which is one of Moda’s core brand priorities and something we look forward to working closely with the council on. Last month, our new Birmingham neighbourhood Moda, The Mercian became the first building in the city to win three-star Fitwel accreditation – the highest level of recognition from the world’s leading wellness and lifestyle certification business.

Anyone working to this standard will understand the huge commitment that goes into attainting the certification. Every detail, from architecture and light levels to location and proximity to high streets and transport hubs, must be considered from day one of the project. By joining the UKGBC we hope to work with the wider sector to innovate new technology, products and services to create amazing, wellness-oriented places for people to thrive in.

Reducing our carbon footprint is also a key focus for Moda. We’re working closely with our partners to drive it down towards net zero carbon. We’re looking forward to sharing some of this work at the new industry event taking place in the UK’s green capital, Brighton, in June – Footprint+. The new sustainability-focused event on the seafront will provide a welcome opportunity to delve into the granular topics around sustainability so we can, as an industry, identify the short and long-term solutions for an attainable greener future. 

As an industry, we have a collective responsibility to improve the sustainability of the built environment. We are ready for the challenge.