How Sustainable is Sustainability?

Welcome to the Spring edition of Building Consultancy Today

This edition of our regular newsletter focuses on sustainability, an issue of increasing importance for anyone involved in owning, occupying or developing property. Following an introduction from our EMEA Head of Sustainability, Rebecca Pearce, we look at key aspects of sustainability and how they are shaping the built environment.

Best Wishes

David Hitchcock

Head of UK & EMEA Building Consultancy

What do Occupiers Want?

Sustainability is more important than ever for the built environment.

Rebecca Pearce, our EMEA Head of Sustainability explains that occupiers are now becoming more sophisticated about their approach to sustainability.

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A Sustainable Approach to Reinstatement

The dilapidations process can lead to wasteful or unnecessary refurbishment work by a tenant obliged to reinstate a building at the end of a lease.

Simon Brown, Director in our Dilapidations team discusses alternative approaches that could achieve a more sustainable approach to the reinstatement and refurbishment cycle.

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Designing Sustainable Office Space

Shell and core vs Cat A office fit out? Are there are any alternatives that are more sustainable?

Matt Wilderspin, Head of Project Management explores current trends in office space design and fit out and how these could improve environmental impacts.

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The Cost of Green Construction

What impact does cost have on decisions about sustainability?

Andrew Smith, Director in our Cost Consultancy team examines the cost of going green and looks at the incentives.

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The Benefits of BREEAM

The long awaited BREEAM non-domestic refurbishment scheme was published in October 2014. This new tool assesses the environmental impact of refurbishing or fitting out existing commercial buildings.

Neelum Mohammed, Senior Consultant in our Sustainable Engineering team discusses the BREEAM fit out and refurbishment methodology released in autumn 2014.

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This quarter we predict:

  • Increased corporate activity in property
  • UK developers de-risking schemes with joint venture partners
  • EU financial uncertainty drives more capital to UK markets
  • Post-election boost for construction
  • Increased PRS development activity