The effective communication of a company’s sustainability initiatives is increasingly critical to its corporate reputation as well as the bottom line. IMS Consulting has undertaken a detailed analysis of how the UK’s largest construction companies are communicating their progress on sustainability. The research, which examined the UK’s largest 25 construction companies, concluded “the leaders in our study understand how sustainability, and the way in which their approach is communicated, can provide them with a competitive advantage.”
Sustain Worldwide and several members featured in articles in The Guardian and in Condé Nast Journal. The articles reinforce Sustain Worldwide’s position as a thought-leading organisation that is shaping the sustainability and media agendas globally. To view all Sustain Worldwide and members’ press coverage, visit http://www.sustainworldwide.com/press.html.
New Consortium To Provide ‘Funded’ Near Carbon Zero Solutions
Sustain worldwide has been invited to be a key partner in a consortium created to provide sustainable and near carbon zero whole building solutions at no capital cost to the developer/asset owner. Applicable to both new and existing buildings, the initiative is first targeting the hotel & leisure sector. The Retail and commercial sectors will be phased for roll out. Key technical partners invited by Sustain Worldwide to work with the consortium include Buro Happold, BDSP and the BRE.
An Environmental Management System (EMS) assesses your business’s strengths and weaknesses, helps you identify and manage significant environmental impacts, saves you money by increasing efficiency, ensures you comply with environmental legislation and provides benchmarks for improvements. Sustain Worldwide has implemented the EcoStep EMS into its activities. Our Environmental Policy can be viewed and downloaded at http://www.sustainworldwide.com/governance.html
Co-founders Anwar Harland-Khan and Gordon Miller are engaged in a series of talks to explore mutually beneficial collaborations with the UK’s pre-eminent construction sector organisation, the BRE. The co-founders also recently met with Bill Hughes, Managing Director of Legal & General Property and Chair of the Green Property Alliance. Watch this space for news of how members can benefit from the associations being made.
Oliver Burns, a London and St Albans based architectural design and development practice, has joined Sustain Worldwide. The company is committed to ethical standards in a luxury landscape, delivering thoughtful luxury to clients and through its own development projects. Founded and run by Joe Burns and Sharon Lillywhite, Oliver Burns is developing an industry leading green supply chain and has embarked on a dedicated programme to implement a robust environmental management system across its entire business activities. To see an example of the company’s interior design and development work, visit http://www.walpolemayfair.com/
At Andermatt Swiss Alps Europe’s first Chedi Hotel and Residences development is nearing completion, and is expected to open to the public next year. Two hotel show rooms will be completed in early spring to showcase the design and location of the luxury serviced hotel residences whilst sales of apartments and chalets in the rest of the resort continue.
Medina Palms, Kenya, announces the completion of its show villa and that it is on schedule to open later this year. It has also completed the redesign of the site water system to use twin pipe system for re-processed water from bio digester for flushing WCs. It will save around 6,000 litres per day at peak times.
Randle Siddeley Associates (RSA) reports it is working on a number of projects in the Far East, and has been shortlisted in the second stage of the Passivhaus competition 2012 and is working closely with Paul Davis & Partners on this project.
Porto Montenegro reports the ground-breaking of a bespoke luxury hotel and residences including a yacht club and comprehensive spa facility, in partnership with Regent Hotels and Resorts; the re-development of a yacht repair and refit facility in cooperation with ASY Bijela in the Bay of Kotor; the doubling of Porto Montenegro’s current port capacity from 185 to 370 berths.
PGA Catalunya, Spain, has completed three show properties and has another show apartment nearing completion; the Resident’s Club is now under construction.
Six Senses Resorts & Spas is to create one of the largest reforestation projects in South East Asia. The company has partnered with the PATT Foundation to plant over 200,000 trees per year in the Chiang Mai region of northern Thailand. The project represents a multi-million dollar commitment by Six Senses over the next decade and beyond.
Pafilia, developer of Minthis Hills, Cyprus, has announced that the Minthis Hills clubhouse is now complete. It is currently in a soft launch phase, with the official opening ceremony scheduled for spring.
Kestrel Renewables reports it has secured an order of circa £250,000 from The University of the West Indies for its island campus. It has also signed an agreement with a Barbados company, Caribbean LED Lighting, to assemble and distribute the Kestrel Hybrid Lighting System throughout The Caribbean basin.
MHK International the developers of L’Amandier has teamed up with leading London Mortgage Broker, Just Us Mortgages to facilitate the financing for the final few villas at L'Amandier.
Introducing Sustain Worldwide Member
Randle Siddeley, Managing Director of Randle Siddeley Associates landscape architects and gardeners.
How important is sustainability to your company’s philosophy, strategy and practices? Very – we aim to carry out each and every project in a sustainable manner as well as producing great designs. We constantly drive sustainability forward especially now that it is increasingly being seen as a strategic target growth area in the light of the impending UK energy bill. RSA takes environmental responsibilities very seriously and endeavours to negate any adverse impacts that our activities may have on the environment both through our designs and within the office.
What is the biggest sustainability challenge facing your company e.g. Supply chain, consumer buy in?
Buying locally from people who share the same ethos towards the environment as well as ensuring we have resourced quality products. It is important to work closely with local suppliers to develop and maintain strong networks.
What is the one sustainable aspect or feature that you are most proud of implementing? Greening the environment through tree planting and so improving it and thereby making it a better one to live in.
Do you think developing sustainably is a moral imperative or a business decision – and are the two mutually exclusive? There is a definite synergy between the two.
What would encourage your company to strive for even higher sustainability aspirations e.g. Corporate social responsibility, Tax breaks, consumer demand? To educate people about the environment they live in, to instil a greater understanding of it in them and get them to develop a desire to improve it.
What sort of new business opportunities are you looking for e.g. In which countries, sectors e.g. private, commercial? We have a very diverse portfolio ranging from commercial developments through to private residential both in this country and overseas, and are presently looking to expand in the Far East and Russia. Again we do a lot of research into which suppliers to use locally both for quality and sustainability.
What services and USPS’s do you offer clients? We specifically aim at constantly improving the energy performance of our projects. We also pride ourselves on individually catering to each client’s requirements as well as being extremely creative with our ideas.
If you had a super power what would use it for – within a sustainability context? Create landscapes.
Sustain Worldwide Seminar Series Launched
Sustain Worldwide delivers topical seminars and events to its members and broader constituency in conjunction with esteemed partners and sponsors. The spring/summer 2012 series, dates to be announced and to be hosted in London, will present the following pertinent seminars: Better Buildings for Tomorrow; Greening your Supply Chain; Forthcoming Legislation. Places are limited to 40 per seminar and will be allocated on a “first come, first serve” basis to those who pre-register at events@SustainWorldwide.com. There are also series and individual seminar sponsorship opportunities. For further information, contact events@SustainWorldwide.com.
Sustain Worldwide is pleased to announce it will be working with the event organisers in the UK and participating at the event to be held at Hotel M, Belgrade, Serbia on 19 April 2012. Serbia, a country in the South-East Europe, about to become an EU candidate, has many unique features that make it particularly attractive for Eco-Resort investments. Many unique, unspoilt and underdeveloped areas, coupled with decent infrastructure and favourable economic climate all add to the appeal.
This focussed, business orientated one-day conference will gather developers, investors, financiers, hotel and resort operators, sustainability and construction professionals, as well as representatives from the central and local government, and cover all important aspects of Eco-Resort development. Specific locations will be featured by the municipalities, and Investor’s Information Packs will be made available to interested parties. There will be ample opportunity to meet key people in one location and arrange one-to-one meetings.
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