In 2014, Savills completed its first BREEAM In-Use certification at 5 Aldermanbury Square, for property owner Deka Immobilien. The building achieved BREEAM Very Good for asset performance and Good for building management. Building on this experience, Savills is now completing BREEAM In-Use assessments in 13 additional buildings. By undergoing third-party verified assessments of sustainability management and performance in the buildings it manages, Savills is emphasising its commitment to best practice in this area.
Internationally recognised standard – valued by investors and occupiers
Enhancing marketability – with global studies showing rental premiums
£58,300 forecast savings from new energy efficiency initiatives
Greater engagement with building team and occupiers on sustainability
Savills Commercial Property Management team manages over 2,600 commercial properties throughout Europe on behalf of clients, taking a considered and structured approach to managing environmental impacts.
5 Aldermanbury Square, London EC2, is a purpose-built, multi-storey office building with two ancillary retail units. Completed in 2007, the 25,662 m2 building is owned by Deka Immobilien Europa, which aims to present its London properties as trophy assets that achieve accreditations to emphasise the company’s commitment to sustainability.
5 Aldermanbury Square did not previously have any internationally recognised sustainability rating. During meetings between Deka Immobilien and Savills, it was agreed that the best way to validate the sustainability credentials of the building would be through BREEAM In-Use, which is used internationally. BREEAM In-Use evaluates asset performance, building management and occupier management. More here.
5 Aldermanbury Square is the first building where Savills completed BREEAM In-Use certification. The team appointed consultant RPS Health, Safety and Environment as the BREEAM assessor, alongside support from Savills’ Sustainability Team.
The BREEAM assessor went on a walk around at 5 Aldermanbury Square to view equipment and meet with Savills’ Building Manager, Building Engineer and Regional Facilities Management (FM) Manager, as well as other members of the site team, such as cleaning staff. The assessor uploaded question responses to an online spreadsheet, where the site team and Regional FM Manager also uploaded evidence. All information was then submitted to the BRE team, who conducted quality assurance. After the final queries had been addressed, BRE rated the building and issued the certificate.
Initiatives assessed through BREEAM at 5 Aldermanbury Square included:
How to gather the necessary evidence?
The Building Manager at 5 Aldermanbury Square noted that it can be time consuming to collect and collate evidence, which can particularly be a burden during busy periods of normal day-to-day management. Much of the evidence at 5 Aldermanbury Square was sourced from the site’s utilities records and operation and maintenance manual (O&M manual). Information for the energy section of the questionnaire, which requires the percentage split of the different lighting types, was sourced using the lighting specification and calculations based on the number of fittings. The Building Manager created ringed files for each discipline.
How to maximise BREEAM credits?
Whilst BREEAM In-Use provides a consistent, recognised, international standard, it can sometimes be prescriptive, and so initiatives that deliver strong sustainability results may not achieve full credits. For instance, whilst there were robust environmental policies in place at 5 Aldermanbury Square, to achieve the maximum number of credits, further procedures related to ISO 14001 accreditation were required. Since the assessment, Savills has now implemented an ISO 14001 certified Environmental Management System (EMS), which was completed in April 2015.
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Lizzie Jones, Sustainability Manager at Savills (UK) Ltd
“Savills believe that genuine progress can be made through a targeted programme of incremental improvements within each managed property’s operations and activities. The BREEAM In-Use assessment at 5 Aldermanbury Square helped support this program, and provided ourselves and our client with a consistent, recognised, international standard, which we could benchmark against.”