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Sustainability ‘toolkits’

The Better Buildings Partnership, a collaboration of 15 of the largest commercial property owners in the UK, in partnership with the Mayor of London and the LDA, has published its latest Toolkit which sets out how it believes managing agents should incorporate best sustainability practice into the management of buildings.

In light of the increasing amount of environmental legislation and growing importance of sustainability and CSR reporting, it is becoming ever more important, for both property owners and occupiers, that their buildings are managed in a way which reduces adverse environmental impacts and identifies opportunities for improvement.

Managing aents have a key role to play in this process which has not traditionally been part of their remit. They are often the conduit linking owners and occupiers and are ideally placed to appreciate and promote the environmental aspirations of both parties and facilitate cooperation. The policies adopted by the managing agent for a building can have a dramatic effect on its environmental impact, as well as the drive to reduce CO2 emissions across the sector.

The BBP felt it was important, therefore, to produce the ‘Managing Agents Sustainability Toolkit’ which sets out a full range of sustainability services which an owner should consider requiring its managing agent to provide. It also provides detailed guidance notes for managing agents on how best to meet such requirements. GVA were commissioned by the BBP to develop the work.

“Commercial property owners are increasingly recognising the importance of ensuring that their properties are managed in a way which takes account of a full range of sustainability issues,” said Keith Bugden, Programme Director of the BBP. “At the same time, managing agents appreciate that this is a key service they can provide, both to owners and occupiers. Business risks for owners associated with property management are increasing, however engaging a managing agent with the relevant skills to incorporate sustainability into the management process should reduce these risks and any additional costs will often be outweighed by the resultant savings.

"I hope that this Toolkit will be widely used as a practical reference guide to stimulate change in how agents manage properties on behalf of their clients."

The toolkit can be downloaded here