Sustainability

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Buildings contribute more to global warming than cars, trucks and buses combined, and consume large quantities of natural resources. Well-managed sustainability strategies not only reduce pressure on our resources, they also yield operational cost savings, healthier and more productive work environments, and more valuable assets.

For our clients and our own operations, C&W creates action plans and a program of continuous improvement to deliver sustainability strategies that make a positive impact on the environment, local communities, and the long term value of our clients’ assets.

How C&W can help you


Sustainability advice is delivered intrinsically with our core property services and across the whole property cycle. Our aim is to create and protect value through:


Sustainable investment

Selection and assembly of green stock
Future proofing property
Environmental Performance Certificates and other industry benchmark rating improvements, including BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes


Sustainable planning and development

Environmental Assessment
Sustainability benchmark setting and design advice
Sustainability and energy strategies
Building accreditations


Sustainable management and occupation

Improving environmental performance of existing stock
Strategic delivery of sustainable asset and property management
Green leasing


Sustainable construction and fit out

Cost benefit analysis (life cycle assessment)
Sustainable refurbishments and fit outs
Building accreditations

C&W’s Corporate Commitment to Environmental Sustainability

 

C&W leads by example through a commitment to reduce the environmental footprint of the buildings we occupy and manage, engaging our employees and clients in these efforts, and through thought leadership.

Leading by example.

Cushman & Wakefield is a Founding Member of the International Sustainability Alliance [link to http://www.internationalsustainabilityalliance.org], the only member-owned international sustainability benchmarking organisation. Membership enables us to measure and benchmark the sustainability performance of both our own and our managed client properties across Europe against thousands of other buildings of all types in the region, using a standard set of sustainability KPIs developed by ISA.

In the UK every property we manage has been registered for BREEAM In-Use. BREEAM In Use monitors and drives the environmental performance of existing buildings and our involvement in the development and roll out of this rating system was a real estate industry first.

Employees, education, and engagement 

We support focused education and training that keep our workforce at the cutting edge of sustainability. C&W maintains numerous knowledge and best-practice sharing networks including our Energy & Sustainability Task Force and specialty practice groups. In 2011over 150 Cushman & Wakefield professionals across Europe trained to be LEED Green Associates, providing clients with sustainability specialists across the spectrum of our services.

Thought leadership 

Serious engagement, partnering with technical experts, and taking part in industry dialogue to develop and mould legislation beneficial to the building industry are among our thought leadership priorities. As members of the UK Green Building Council our professionals engage in active programs to develop sustainability within the real estate industry. C&W also provides client-focused education including seminars, market briefings, and industry publications.

Awards

C&W was recognised as a ‘Leader in Sustainable Real Estate’ by independent analyst firm Verdantix. Our clients’ properties have enjoyed top industry awards for green building and other sustainability achievements [link to 3M Italy case study]. We are honoured to have received the CoreNet Global 2011 award for Industry Excellence & Sustainability Leadership – 2011.

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