LaSalle capitalises on the opportunities provided by refurbishments and redevelopments to improve the sustainability of their portfolio. These projects allow them to target high level BREEAM and EPC ratings, improving both the energy efficiency of our assets and also futureproofing our portfolio against the forthcoming Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (which come into effect in 2018). More sustainable buildings not only have a lower environmental impact and reduced running costs, but they increasingly appeal to tenants who are looking to occupy healthy spaces and to satisfy their own corporate social responsibility objectives. Although new developments allow more flexibility when designing to a sustainable standard, refurbishments of existing buildings still offer ample opportunities to improve the sustainability profile of their assets.
The checklist in their document will need to be signed off at key stages by both their project managers and by LaSalle, ensuring that sustainability is an integral part of all projects LaSalle commits to.