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BREEAM: costs plummet while value multiplies

Back in 2005, the publication ‘Putting a Price on Sustainability’ calculated that a BREEAM Excellent rating for an air-conditioned building could incur an additional 7% in capital costs to achieve. However, the 2014 BRE/Sweett Group report ‘Delivering Sustainable Buildings, Savings and Payback’ put the capital cost uplift for scoring an Excellent rated an air-conditioned office…
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Sustainable supply chains: Are we doing enough?

The arrival of the Modern Slavery Act will send ripples throughout the industry, not knowing it is simply not an answer. So how can BRE make a positive change in this space? Organisations with a turnover of more than £36m will have to start making publicly available statements about their approach to identifying and mitigating…
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Growing cities sustainably

The global trend of urbanisation poses opportunities and challenges for city leaders. Rapidly growing cities will need to build infrastructure and services which support people to access jobs and education. Leading cities will provide a good quality of life to residents and achieve success in the global marketplace by creating resilient, sustainable and healthy urban…
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Paris Agreeent: Landmark Victory or Greenwash

Hopes are high after a global agreement to curb global warming but critics are already suggesting the deal is too little, too late, by David Burrows. The world has finally agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from 2020. At the very least, the 195 countries committed to curb emissions to keep temperature rises below 2°C…
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Water, why worry?

What do pollution, climate change, industry, irrigation, population growth and life on Earth have in common? Water. Water was a pressing agenda topic this year at Davos, a pertinent and fundamental issue to the world’s growing population. In January, The World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report stated that the risk with the greatest potential impact…
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Footprint Forum Report: City living under threat

CLIMATE CHANGE poses a real risk to the world’s growing urban populations, according to experts gathered at Footprint Forum.The sight recently of athletes running the Beijing marathon wearing gasmasks in an attempt to protect themselves from hazardous smog is a startling reminder of the effects of carbon emissions on cities. China’s high air pollution levels,…
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Finance sector needs to embrace sustainability more to future-proof its business

The finance industry needs to embrace sustainability to future proof its business and to strengthen its image. Acting now to shift towards sustainability is cheaper, simpler and makes business stronger – the laggards will be the losers. These were some of the powerful yet practical messages delivered at the first ever Finance Footprint Forum: Exploring…
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