Buildings can be designed to the highest environmental standards as well as have the latest and most innovative technology to reduce the environmental impacts during its operation, however, these aspects count for little if the building is not used as the systems are designed or intended.
Much of this centres around the relationship that exists between owners and occupiers and both parties working together to realise the opportunities that can be achieved through collaboration.
We are working with our members to develop solutions and opportunities to promote greater collaboration between owners and occupiers on the environmental performance of their properties
We have developed the widely acclaimed Green Lease Toolkit which provides a framework via which owners and occupiers can set out their environmental aspirations during the leasing process and future tenancy. The Occupier Engagement Working Group is now developing an updated version of the Green Lease Toolkit.
Building on our work in green leases we developed the Green Building Management Toolkit which provides practical guidance on how to establish and run a Green Building Management Group (GBMG) and by doing so effectively manage, monitor and record environmental improvements in a commercial building.
We have also developed a Responsible Fit-Out Toolkit: Office for owners and occupiers which sets out how sustainability can be best incorporated during the fit-out process. The next focus of the group will be to produce a second Responsible Fit-Out Toolkit appropriate for retail.
For a large percentage of commercial buildings, a key problem is the relationship that exists between owners and occupiers. An historic adversarial relationship and lack of trust between the parties present significant barriers.
However, owners and occupiers of commercial property are increasingly accepting that the environmental performance of the buildings they own and occupy cannot be ignored and are recognising that it is an integral element of business risk management. Whether limiting regulatory risk exposure, retaining asset value, ensuring business continuity, meeting client demands, reducing operational costs or managing reputation, the drivers are strong and are likely to grow. They are also realising there is only so much progress each party can achieve on their pwn and that greater collaboration is required.