London Global Green Leader Conference: 21 days to go … Register now!
There are only 21 days until the London Global Green Leader Conference at Tate Modern, on Wednesday, 19 June. With a strict capacity of only 100 there are less than a dozen delegate places remaining to join attendees from among others Arup, British Land, Buro Happold, Kingfisher, Legal&General Property and Lendlease. Join them to hear about the delivery of London landmark buildings, including the 2012 Games Park, The Shard, and Regent’s Place. Learn from the experts what the key messages of building sustainably are to attract a new market of owners and tenants; hear how 30% portfolio savings are being achieved through achievable measures; learn how value is being restored through sustainable design on heritage buildings. Attend this board level meeting with peers, overlooking the Shard and St Pauls, to network with fellow leaders. Download the programme here.
Register now or call Amanda Toner on our booking hotline on +44 (0)20 7754 5557.
Sustain Worldwide CEO calls on industry to embed sustainable principles to rise to the top
CEO of Sustain Worldwide, Anwar Harland-Khan, was recently interviewed for Building4Change Magazine. Originally, and still, a property developer, his experience in this sphere led him and co-founder Gordon Miller to create Sustain Worldwide, which Anwar describes as, “a platform for developers and others in the industry to collaborate and innovate on commercially focused opportunities”. He sees sustainability as essential to success and believes that only companies with embedded green principles can rise to the top. This is clearly a strong belief, illustrated by his answers to Buliding4Change’s questions:
What does sustainable business mean to you? The simple answer is that it is about creating a legacy. Sustainability means different things to different organisations. Every organisation has its own strengths and it is about using those to become more sustainable. It is about developing a successful business through a profitable relationship between commerce, people and the environment in order to leave a positive legacy.
What’s your response to companies that say sustainability is a luxury in times of austerity? Our view is that you can’t afford not to be sustainable. The business landscape has changed and sustainability is integral to that. The biggest shift that we have seen in business thinking is that sustainability is no longer regarded as something separate; it is now integral to business.
Eco-designer, Oliver Heath, to chair LGGL Conference
We are delighted to announce that sustainable architectural and interior designer, writer and presenter, Oliver Heath, will chair the London Global Green leader Conference taking place in London on 19 June. We put some questions to Oliver about his career and his views on sustainability:
What do you consider to be the highlights of your career to date? Whilst successfully completing individual design projects can be immensely satisfying it is finding larger ways to engage in community level uptake of sustainable practices that creates real value for me. Being able to discuss eco homes on mainstream peak time viewing has the opportunity widen awareness. So in truth it is my seminars, media communication and engagement projects with a variety of consumer brands that give me greatest satisfaction.
We are delighted you will be chairing the London Global Green leader Conference. Can you tell us why you came on board? The world of sustainable design and architecture is moving at a fast pace, it’s difficult to keep up. As a designer I see this is happening across the construction industry and I feel it’s important that we find time to stop and engage with individual specialists; to ask questions, provoke and stimulate conversation about the lessons learnt.
I see this conference as a fantastic opportunity to engage and learn from best practice examples to date, in order to improve on what we create in the future.
What does innovation through sustainability & CSR mean to you? It means shifting existing linear models of production, services and consumerism to a more desirable circular model that increases profit, efficiency and customer satisfaction. This level of innovation can mean making big changes, but also realizing the impact that smaller, everyday, improvements to wider communities can make.
How important do you consider sustainability should be to companies’ philosophy, strategy and practices? We are seeing new practices emerging that put sustainability and the Circular Economy at the heart of their business strategy as an opportunity for growth and profit; with the realisation that old ways of operating as a linear consumer model are simply not sustainable or even viable. I don’t see any other long term vision that is so compelling or worth striving for.
What is the biggest sustainability challenge you face, e.g. supply chain, embedding sustainability in your practices? It is clear to me that over the last 10 years we have seen a reversal of producer / consumer expectation and uptake.
It has switched from a situation where the consumer expects an ethical and sustainable production model of the producer/ retailer to a reversal where many brands have taken up the challenge and it is now the consumer who impacts most heavily in the environmental impact of the products that they use.
It is essential to find ways to engage a sustainable practice throughout the lifecycle of products and materials right through to the end user and reuse specialist.
What would encourage your companies to strive for even higher sustainability aspirations e.g. corporate responsibility, tax breaks, tougher legislation? To realize that sustainability is about completing the chain - not just in the products and services that they provide but also in the staff and consumers that they engage with. Successfully engaging each link in that chain is critical to the successful application of a sustainable way of working and living.
What sort of new business opportunity are you looking for e.g. in which countries, sectors e.g. private, commercial?
I’m keen to work within the innovation and development of sustainable design and architecture- to create aspirational ways of adopting better ways of living where environmental activity becomes both profitable and instinctive - to create smart benefits across the value chain.
What services and USP’s do you offer clients? A holistic vision of the creation of design, architecture, and interior spaces- one that considers both the functional and aesthetic needs of the end user and the environment on a wider scale.
And of course good communication and lots of great publicity!
If you had a super power what would you use it for – within a sustainability context? I believe that mastering good design is a super power – imagine being able to create products that everyone both needs and wants – one that is as functional as it is emotionally desirable. A product so carefully considered that once created, harnesses renewable energy, connects us all and at the end of its useful first life goes on to be reused again and again, never leaving the chain. It’s an interesting idea.
And the best thing is – this is an achievable super power- it might just take a generation or two to master it.
INNOVATION & EDUCATION
Sustainability knowledge 'essential' for boosting industry growth
According to new research carried out by CareerStructure.com, three quarters of professionals questioned believe that overall industry growth could be achieved by a greater focus on sustainability in the built environment and with this growth potential in mind, 84% feel that qualifications in sustainability would greatly enhance their employability.
Executive director of policy at IEMA, Martin Baxter, said: "These figures are clear evidence that UK plc is now putting environment central to their businesses, and using this as a strategy to grow their way out of the recession". He also commented: "Government should follow the lead of business and put green growth and environmental investment at the heart of building a sustainable economy."
For further details see here. (Source: edieEnergy)
Termite technology to shape new ‘breathing’ buildings
Researchers are investigating how termite mounds can be used to shape future buildings which feature walls that breathe and reduce the need for central heating or air conditioning, as part of a major new international study involving Nottingham Trent University.
The $1.35millon project will examine how the unique structure of the termite mound enables stale and fresh air to be exchanged while maintaining a comfortable level of temperature. As a result they intend to design and 3D print porous walls for buildings to work in the same way as the termite mound.
Dr Soar, who is based in the university’s School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, said: “We’re not copying nature directly; we’re copying the processes termites use to produce these phenomenal structures. We’re looking at how this can inform architecture to produce smart walls."
New design tools launched
As an industry, we strive to deliver lower impact buildings in the most efficient way. New design tools are now under development or recently launched to help do just that. The Design and Decision tools have been developed with the help of Technology Strategy Board. Some are now available to the market; others are still prototypes but ready to be market tested.
For use in residential and public and commercial sectors the tools provide assistance in numerous design functions, including; lifecycle analysis, operational carbon reporting, embodied carbon reporting, easy early carbon calculations, and many have been designed to be particularly easy to use by small builders and architectural firms.
To find out more and register for the workshop taking place on 27 June, see here.
The Sustain Worldwide Leaders Series brings together leading businesses to collaborate, innovate and create commercial opportunities through sustainability. The latest roundtable, held on 22 May, progressed the development of a highly sustainable building in the City, and the creation of the most sustainable private members club in London. The Sustain Worldwide Premium Partners who attended, and who will form the first tier of the project team, were Affinity Private Equity, Buro Happold, Climaveneta and TFT. The next roundtable will convene in July. Contact to enquire about the commercial opportunities in joining the Leaders Series.
Sustain Worldwide networking dinners whet the appetite
Sustain Worldwide proudly hosts regular, invitation only networking dinners attended by Premium Partners and guests. The forthcoming dinner will be hosted at the Oxo Tower on 30 May 2013. Guests include directors from L&GP, M&S, TFT and Climaveneta. The following dinner will take place at the highly acclaimed The Ivy on 27 June.
Partners News in Brief
Affinity REPE is proud to announce that one of its Affinity Resorts, Freedom Bay, was awarded the Best Fractional Development US, Canada, Mexico & Caribbean at The Fractional Life Awards 2013. The exclusive award winning development, which will be operated by the Six Senses Resorts is a new sustainable luxury resort located on the west coast of Saint Lucia and comprises a 5 star resort and private residential villas.
Climaveneta announce they have supplied the air conditioning units to a new A class complex, the Wola Centre in Warsaw The comfort in the building is made possible by 4 Climaveneta high efficiency water source chillers for a total cooling capacity of 4852 kW. The innovative optimized compressors and the high performing heat exchangers enhance EER values up to 5,1 at Eurovent standards conditions.
Medina Palms, the sustainable luxury ocean residences resort located on one of the world’s top 10 beaches at Watamu, Kenya, formally launches on 6 July. Created with a high degree of environmental sensitivity, measures include the installation of a bio-digester which in a country where potable water is a premium saves an estimated 50,000 litres of water per day at peak demand.
MGM French Properties report that they are breathing new life into former ski resort hotels whose heyday has passed, thanks to the growing preference among families for self-catering in their own modern apartments. Among the latest resort conversions to be completed by MGM is Le Savoy in the centre of the picturesque village of Argentière.
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