Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) along with strategic partners Faithful+Gould have kicked off their latest project to develop a comprehensive sustainable fit-out toolkit for commercial office and retail property owners and occupiers.
The Better Buildings Partnership is a collaboration of the UK’s leading commercial property owners representing over £180bn assets under management, which over the past eight years has been striving to improve the sustainability of existing commercial buildings. The organisation's aim is to deliver market transformation through sustainability leadership and knowledge sharing across the UK property industry. Their members include British Land, Grosvenor, Land Securities, Legal & General, M&G Real Estate, Hammerson, TH Real Estate, TfL, the Crown Estate, Aviva Investors and many others.
There are clear business benefits in considering sustainability within the fit-out process, not only from a legislative compliance perspective, but also to ensure the space will be fit for purpose, providing a more comfortable and effective space for its users, resource-efficient and cheaper to run. However, the opportunity to realise such benefits is often missed, with many owners and occupiers lacking the knowledge, resources or procedures in place to ensure sustainability is considered from the outset of the leasing and fit out process.
“Refurbishment is a significant intervention point for improving the sustainability performance of commercial buildings..."
Sean Lockie, Faithful+Gould Director - Carbon + Sustainability
This guide will be made freely available as an industry best-practice, providing clear, practical advice coupled with case study examples on how to incorporate sustainability into fit-out designs and right across the typical leasing process.
Sean Lockie, director and head of sustainability and carbon management at Faithful+Gould said “Refurbishment is a significant intervention point for improving the sustainability performance of commercial buildings whether it be; energy reduction, lighting improvements, or comfort and productivity issues. We are looking forward to working with the BBP team and their partners to help bring out the quick wins.”
Key industry associations including the British Property Federation and British Retail Consortium are supporting and contributing to the project, ensuring it is flexible and relevant for a wide range of users across the commercial real estate market.
“There are already a plethora of fit-out guides and rating systems out there, but the right questions are still not necessarily being asked..."
Jenny Pidgeon, Head of Sustainability at TH Real Estate
Jenny Pidgeon, Head of Sustainability at TH Real Estate, said “There are already a plethora of fit-out guides and rating systems out there, but the right questions are still not necessarily being asked, by the right people, at the right time, to achieve the most sustainable fit-outs. We’re aiming to change that by bringing together experts and practitioners from across the industry to create a practical guide tailored to different users’ requirements – be that big project or small, short or long lease, office or retail.”