London Sustainability Conference of the Year Pre-Launch
You are invited to pre-register for one of only 80 delegate places at this year's must attend conference: the Sustain Worldwide London Global Green Leader. To be held in central London on Wednesday, 19 June 2013, the dynamic one-day event will feature stellar speakers from organisations and companies, including those invited from Arup, British Land, Buro Happold, Harrods, Legal & General Property, London Transport, M&S, University of Bath.
Sponsored by Climaveneta, the European leader in central climate control, the event will promote the innovative design and sustainable development of London’s landmark buildings to deliver reputational, legislative and marketability efficiencies for property investors, developers and users. Delegates will be senior-level executives including: Property Developers; Sustainability Directors; Engineers; Architects; Energy Directors; Planners; Property Investors, Owners & Landlords; Facilities and Buildings Managers; MEP professionals; Procurement Directors and Specifiers; Asset Managers; Regulators.
The individual delegate price is £295. The pre-registration price is £195, a 35% discount, until 8 March 2013 only when the conference will be launched. To qualify for the pre-registration rate you should email events@SustainWorldwide.com stating the number of places you would like reserving for yourself, colleagues and clients. To request group registration discounts for 4 or more people, email events@SustainWorldwide.com. A limited number of sponsorship packages are available. To discuss the benefits of aligning your organisation or company with this conference and Sustain Worldwide, email events@SustainWorldwide.com or call Mikaela on +44 (0)20 7754 5557.
Sustain Worldwide Leaders Series launched to great acclaim
The inaugural Sustain Worldwide Leaders Series commenced with a summit at RIBA on 7 February. Attended by representatives of Buro Happold, Climaveneta and TFT, the group debated the definition and issues surrounding sustainability, the challenges and openings it presents and also the limitations. One participant commented: "The morning session was a particular highlight as it enabled me to extract myself from day-to-day necessities and consider the bigger picture [of sustainability]."
A topic of particular interest was the social impact of sustainability, the market's requirement to 'measure', and therein the challenge presented to be able to measure the human benefits of sustainability. The group has embarked on setting out a framework for a model that will encompass the identified needs and challenges. At the next summit, scheduled for 18 April, the group will define the framework and develop the required elements to create a workable and scalable output.
If you would like to know more about and to discuss how you might participate in or contribute to the Leaders Series, contact Gordon Miller, Gordon@SustainWorldwide.com.
European real estate study finds increasing demand for sustainable property
Sustainable properties are commanding higher rents and values, according to a study of European real estate by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Urban Land Institute. The Emerging Trends in the European Real Estate report found that 67% of homebuilders and residential land developers agree that sustainability will have an increased impact on the real estate industry in 2013. It shows a significant trend from landlords towards refurbishing good properties with green credentials. Not only are occupiers a driving force behind the demand – one landlord said, “It’s the only thing tenants want to talk about.” – but, investors and lenders are also increasingly looking for sustainable and future-proofed assets.
The findings show a growing consciousness of the need to reappraise how developers, architects, and planners approach the built environment. One interviewee commented, “Building design has not changed, but people have. It’s not about giant lobbies but great public realm and interesting environments.” They predict, “Schemes delivered to market this year might not reflect these changes, but those conceived in 2013 and onwards will begin to factor these ideas in – especially in leading cities like London.”
The report provides an outlook on European real estate investment, development trends, and other real estate issues for 2013. Interviewees and survey participants represent a wide range of industry experts, investors, developers, property companies, lenders, brokers and consultants.
INNOVATION & EDUCATION
Exclusive! Google’s Top 50 institutional sites for sustainability revealed
As introduced in our last newsletter, SignalsRank’s analytics allow you to improve your ‘machine reputation’ for key business reputation drivers, thus positively influencing human perceptions and opinions. For example, if your company ethos or products are positioned as ‘sustainable’, then it would be valuable, when planning your SEO strategy, to have insight into the sites which Google interprets as the most significant for the subject of sustainability. Today, working with SignalsRank, Sustain Worldwide can show you exactly that. Also, existing and new Sustain Worldwide alliance members can request at no charge an online sustainability health-check, valued at £495, that will inform you how your brand or company performs online for sustainability.
The charts below show the Top 50 institutional sites returned for the query “sustainability” run on Google.co.uk on 19 February, 2013. We’ve stripped out commercial, media, publishers, consultants and corporate-funded organisation sites, dictionary and Wikipedia entries, and summaries (Google images, Twitter categories). We retained government, educational, institutional, charity and professional association sites – the non-commercial sites which Google judges to be the most authoritative and relevant for the topic of sustainability and thus the most valuable for a business to be associated with in the form of mentions or citations on, or links from, them.
These sites send and receive the strongest ranking signals to Google to claim the highest positions in its search results. It will be noted that all of the Top 50 are traditional websites; unsurprisingly, there’s not a social profile among them.
Data provided for Sustain Worldwide by SignalsRank. For further insights on ranking factors, see here.
Zero carbon design guide published
The Zero Carbon Hub has published a guide outlining strategies for achieving the steps incorporated in the Government's policy for zero carbon homes, which will be the compulsory standard for new homes from 2016. Zero Carbon Strategies looks at three different approaches incorporating improvements to building fabric and low-carbon technologies, as well as allowable financial solutions for bridging the gap between on-site emissions and the zero-carbon standard.
The approaches are defined as: balanced, extreme fabric, and extreme low carbon technology. The first, the most standard approach, balances the use of fabric performance and low-carbon technologies with an allowable solution that offsets any carbon they cannot cover through design. The second improves upon that with building performance equivalent to Passivhaus standard, but still requires an allowable solution. The last is for those considered at the cutting edge of sustainable building, which achieve zero carbon though fabric, technology and design. The report also features four newly-built housing developments to illustrate the different approaches and their practical application.
Innovation competition opens for entries
The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £2m in technical feasibility studies to stimulate innovation across four enabling technology areas. This will help to ensure that small and micro businesses in the UK are well equipped to respond to market situations across a range of economic sectors. They are seeking projects in the following fields: advanced materials; biosciences; electronics, sensors and photonics; and information and communications technology. The competition is open to small and micro companies only, working either singly or in collaboration with one partner. Registration opens 18 February and closes 27 March 2013.
For further information and to download competition brief, click here.
Sustain Worldwide to host elite networking dinner at Le Gavroche
Our February elite networking dinner, held at Koffman’s at the Berkeley, was once again a successful and convivial evening with lively discussion enjoyed by all present. The next dinner will be hosted by Anwar Harland-Khan and Gordon Miller of Sustain Worldwide on 18 April 2013 at Le Gavroche. The Mayfair bastion of French cuisine, promises unrivalled, two Michelin star dining from Michel Roux Jr, the chef presenter of BBC’s MasterChef.
Climaveneta has supplied four high efficiency central units for the HVAC system of the new IKEA store in Chieti, Italy. The successful installation follows on Climaveneta’s excellent energy performance at other IKEA stores in Italy and Sweden.
Ethical Currency has updated their marketing approach (see website) and leads a ‘Change through Exchange’ campaign, ring-fencing a small percentage on each forex transaction to create a fund to fight poverty in Africa.
Randle Siddeley announces the opening of three new offices. Siddeley Landscape Design Ltd now has offices in New York and Quebec to service the North American market. Randle Siddeley Associates opened in Hong Kong at the end of last year to furnish the demand in Hong Kong and mainland China where they report increased demand for Euro-Asian landscaping to complement the booming property market in SE Asia.
Studio RHE reports that construction has begun on Alphabeta; a complete refurbishment and conversion of Triton Court, the Finsbury Square landmark building. It will be transformed into a major new creative workspace, ideally located between the City financial district and Shoreditch's creative and media world.
TFT announce their recent involvement in a circa £116million acquisition of FIX portfolio comprising 48 sites and approximately 275 properties. Please see here for Legal & General Property’s press release.TFT provided technical due diligence and sustainability consultancy advice.
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