Faithful+Gould’s Emma Gains Joins the BCO’s Environment, Social & Governance Group

Danielle Wynn
As Britain's leading forum for the discussion and debate of issues affecting the office sector, the British Council for Offices (BCO) set up its Environment, Social & Governance Group (ESG) to address many of the environmental challenges facing stakeholders.

The group's remit is to address those aspects of environmental sustainability that affect and influence office development, design and occupation. They will explore concepts of urban regeneration, mixed use development, social engagement, and investment and finance questions.

The ESG commissions and produces research reports and discussion papers to disseminate best practice and new thinking, and also hosts technical seminars and workshops for BCO members on aspects of green issues that affect office developments. They also act as a focal point in responding to government consultation papers on environmental issues.

On being elected to the ESG Emma comments: "I’m delighted to have been accepted onto the ESG committee and look forward to working alongside other members of the group to steer environmental and sustainability best practice and really make a difference to the way we deliver office developments. I’m part of BCO NextGen, an initiative to encourage young professionals to share their ideas and become BCO leaders."

This fits very well with the work Emma is delivering for her clients at Faithful+Gould. For instance, she's currently working as part of a team on a project called the 'Implementing of Whole Life Carbon in Buildings' (IWLCIB), with academic review by the University of Cambridge. The team is developing a clear and user-friendly framework for whole life carbon assessment and carbon certification of buildings for use across the industry. Emma is also working on the development and implementation of an environmental auditing process, based on planning requirements and on environmental targets that go beyond basic requirements.

This involves auditing each contractor company on a project, scoring them on their progress every two months. There are so many innovative environmental sustainability schemes across the country, and Emma is very enthusiastic in helping the BCO publicise these more widely.

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