Case Studies

To share learnings from the approaches, challenges and achievements of our members with the wider industry, we develop case studies showcasing best-practice or innovative projects our members have undertaken.   

All Case Studies

  • Managing for Performance: reducing energy intensity at Edinburgh House

    12 March 2024

    Around 30% of the UK’s total energy-use goes to heating and powering buildings. Managing this energy effectively is critical to achieving Net Zero goals in the built environment. Situated in Kennington, London, Workspace’s Edinburgh House provides a modern, high quality and flexible work space for 78 small and medium sized businesses. Last year, an unusually high energy intensity was detected at the site. As a BBP Climate Commitment signatory and an organisation committed to achieving Net Zero carbon by 2030, this prompted investigation and the implementation of cost-effective measures to drive the energy consumption down. These measures included tenant engagement and optimising controls within the building.

    Topic: Energy/Carbon

    Type: Case Studies

    Member: Workspace Group

  • Landsec collaborating with office occupiers to deliver energy and carbon reductions

    04 March 2024

    In an effort to cut carbon emissions and costs while improving the experience for its office occupiers, Landsec has invested in optimising its Building Management Systems (BMS) and delivering customer energy audits across its office portfolio. As a result, Landsec expect to report an impressive 2,500 tCO2e reduction in emissions which supports positive progress towards achieving Net Zero by 2040.

    Topic: Occupier Engagement

    Type: Case Studies

    Member: Landsec

  • Derwent London Achieves Net Zero Success at 80 Charlotte Street

    16 February 2024

    80 Charlotte Street is Derwent London’s first net zero carbon development and one of the largest all-electric schemes in London. It is heated and cooled using air source heat pumps and powered by renewable electricity from certified sources – significantly reducing emissions compared to traditional gas boilers. More than a year after the first occupiers moved in, there have been zero hot and cold complaints, reflecting the huge success of the building’s low carbon heating and cooling systems, combined with high performance fabric.

    Topic: Energy/Carbon

    Type: Case Studies

    Member: Derwent London plc

  • 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

    Member: IM Properties PLC

  • Royal London Asset Management launches fully electric hotel and minimises whole life carbon

    06 February 2023

    The Leonardo Royal Hotel in Bristol is Royal London Asset Management’s first fully electric hotel, with all heating, cooling and hot water provided by air source heat pumps and mains electricity. A whole life carbon study in line with the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) Advancing Net Zero guidance evidences that the project outperforms best practice standards for both embodied and operational carbon. All space has been designed for the wellbeing of guests and staff.

    Topic: Energy/Carbon

    Type: Case Studies

    Member: Royal London Asset Management

  • abrdn pioneers nature-based solutions in the UK

    14 December 2022

    The abrdn Property Income Trust (aPIT), one of abrdn’s real assets investment strategies, has launched one of the largest native woodland and peatland restoration projects in the UK, at Far Ralia Estate in Scotland’s Cairngorms National Park. This pioneering project will maximise environmental and social co-benefits, alongside climate impact. The land extends across more than 1,400 hectares – the size of nearly 2,000 football pitches. Works will include planting at least 1.5 million trees, focusing on native species such as Scots Pine, Oak and Birch.

    Topic: Energy/Carbon

    Type: Case Studies

    Member: abrdn