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Test of Time Award 2017 - British Land

Test of Time Award 2017 - British Land

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British Land won the Client Energy Management Award in 2012 for demonstrating a single-minded commitment to measuring and managing its portfolio’s energy performance and carbon emissions.

This remarkable resolve continues to run through every strand of the company. Indeed, British Land has proven its ongoing dedication to excellence by continuing to use its corporate head office as a test bed for measures to improve conditions for occupiers.

This signals a crystal clear message about the powerful impact that both voluntary reporting schemes (such as BREEAM) and statutory schemes (such as ESOS) have on the sector. British Land is aiming way beyond statutory minimums for health, safety and energy efficiency set by regulation. The business has succeeded in improving on every metric it targeted in 2012.

For example, when it won its 2012 CIBSE Award, British Land was targeting a 20% reduction per sq m in landlord energy intensity across its entire portfolio over 2009 levels. Now, the company is targeting an ambitious 55% reduction by 2020 vs 2009 (it has already achieved 38%). It also wants a whopping 55% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 carbon intensity across the entire portfolio by 2020 vs 2009 (having already achieved 40%).

By 2012, British Land had slashed like-for-like landlord energy use by 15% compared with 2009, saving occupiers £900,000 and cutting carbon by 6,675 tonnes.

This year has seen an incredible 45% reduction in like-for-like landlord energy use vs 2009, saving occupiers £11m and cutting carbon by 29,270 tonnes. To further strengthen its already impressive energy and environmental credentials, the company has taken up CIBSE TM54 design energy assessments in eight buildings to help close the design/ operational gap. This will enable it to predict performance, target building teams to operate assets as efficiently as design allows, and give feedback to design teams to improve new buildings – a valuable resource.

Finally, automatic measurement of energy consumption allied to automated real time alerts where energy use deviates from the norm delivers better information to support more timely management action should that become necessary.

Smart metering means building teams can access energy data for 15 to 30 minute slots and isolate consumption from different plant and areas, so they can see if plant is running when it shouldn’t be and take action.