Sustainability

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By Richard Johns

Is BREEAM Sustainable?

Traditionally, measures of sustainability on building projects – for example BREEAM1 and LEED2 have been based on a very specific and prescriptive set of “environmental” criteria – energy use, water consumption and even proximity to public transport. However, the effectiveness and value of these forms of certification is under question. Why?

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By Mary Rose Griffiths

Green Lending

Green lending is the means by which commercial lenders provide development finance to borrowers who develop green buildings or retrofit existing buildings with green or environmentally responsible features. The lending is conditional on the borrower fulfilling certain environmental criteria. Generally, this means that the borrower’s sustainability strategy is closely scrutinised.

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By Richard Francis

Office Well-Being

Unlike other sustainable items, buildings do not communicate in simple terms what they are made of and why they are good for you. Yet all of us are making stronger connections between where we are and how we are, all the time.

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By Richard Francis

Next Generation Sustainability

In this article we look at the impact on sustainability when three worlds collide: health and wellbeing, technology and real estate.

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