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The Better Buildings Partnership regularly publishes blog pieces, news articles, toolkits and case studies that highlight the latest sustainability developments in the UK commercial real estate industry. The resources can be filtered hereunder by topic, type and member.

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  • IM Properties prove sustainable refurbishments are better for people, place and planet

    23 November 2023

    As the sector increasingly focuses on refurbishments to meet climate goals, The Bourn building in Coventry is a prime example of successful sustainability-driven refurbishment which reduced 14,000 tonnes CO2e compared to a new-build alternative. With a £9 million investment by IM Properties (IMP), the asset has been transformed into a modern workplace with a focus on occupier collaboration to deliver sustainability, wellbeing and community benefits.

    Topic: Retrofit & Refurbishment

    Type: Case Studies

  • Workman’s IBOS drives energy savings across 4m sq ft

    24 May 2023

    Workman has partnered with clients to roll out its Intelligent Building Operating System (IBOS) across more than 4 million sq ft of commercial space. Results prove the power of smart tech to immediately improve building performance. This is particularly pertinent in the context of spiralling energy prices, the climate emergency and hybrid working patterns that have made traditional operating practices deeply inefficient. Clients adopting the technology include Blackrock, Columbia Threadneedle and Federated Hermes.

    Topic: Energy/Carbon

    Type: Case Studies

    Member: Workman

  • Rooftop Gardening Brings Together Occupiers

    09 December 2021

    Abrdn and JLL’s rooftop garden at The White Building in Reading is boosting health and wellbeing, as occupiers from different organisations nurture their plants and enjoy the green space together. As well as growing a sense of community in the building, the project is also enriching biodiversity. The facilities management team has already developed more ideas to extend social and environmental benefits, creating new opportunities for occupier engagement.

    Topic: Wellbeing

    Type: Case Studies

    Member: JLL

  • Bio-enzyme Cleaning Cuts Carbon and Boosts Wellbeing at The Bower

    02 December 2021

    At The Bower in Old Street, London, the owner Helical PLC and managing agent Ashdown Phillips ran an innovative tender process that led to the introduction of bio-enzyme cleaning. All products are now distilled on-site, avoiding single-use plastics, cutting carbon emissions and delivering healthier cleaning performance with less use of hazardous chemicals. Following the success of this pilot, the team is now exploring opportunities to rollout bio-enzyme cleaning at additional sites.

    Topic: Property Management

    Type: Case Studies

    Member: Ashdown Phillips

  • Frasers Property Achieves Two Global Firsts for Wellbeing

    30 November 2021

    Frasers Property UK has become the first company in the world to gain a three-star Fitwel accreditation for wellbeing excellence at a business park. It has also achieved the largest Fitwel certified area globally, following the successful accreditation of three business parks: Winnersh Triangle, Chineham Park and Farnborough – the latter achieving the coveted three-star rating. The Fitwel standard assesses holistic health and provides a blueprint for positive changes that are scientifically proven to enhance occupier health and wellbeing.

    Topic: Property Management

    Type: Case Studies

    Member: MAPP