With sustainability having historically been focussed on the assessment of buildings, has the industry been missing a trick by not maximising opportunities offered for sustainable performance by the spaces between the buildings and the intrinsic role they play within the overall development and its long-term function? For years we have known how to design a sustainable building that considers a broad range of issues including energy and water … more

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People have become worryingly disconnected from the natural world. Our green spaces and wildlife are often away from where we live and work; nature has become a novelty. As policy and best practice begin to encourage engagement with all things wild, it’s time to adapt the way we design and manage urban spaces. A good place to start is by looking up… A peregrine falcon rises on the … more

Greengage are currently working with around half a dozen different clients in helping them to answer this question. The short answer is, social value can be defined in many different ways depending upon the local context, type of development or operations being proposed and the way that society will interact with it. In 2012, The Social Value Act (for guidance click here) required public sector organisations to think … more

On the 16th and 17th of October 2017 Greengage Associates Chris Burgess and Rob Miller attended the Healthy City Design 2017 International Congress at the Royal College of Physicians, London, where they presented a poster on ‘Quantification of health benefits through urban masterplanning design of public realm’. The poster summarised the work Greengage had undertaken on a development site using the Sport England MOVES Tool to quantify the … more

Mat 01- Environmental impacts from construction products – Building life cycle assessment Proposed Changes This credit replaces the BREEAM 2014 ‘Mat 01- Life Cycle impacts’ credit. It has been entirely restructured and now requires a whole building evaluation through a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to award any credits. There are now up to seven credits and three exemplary credits available for this issue. A modular structure has been … more

Earlier this week the finalists for the edie Sustainability Leaders Awards 2018 finalists were announced and Greengage are extremely proud to have been shortlisted for two awards: Consultancy of the Year Award and the Sustainable Building Award. The consultancy of the year award recognises the work consultancies are doing to improve the environmental, energy and sustainability credentials of their clients.  Within our submission we provided examples of where … more

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With the launch of the draft BREEAM 2018 New Construction manual last month, we will be examining a select number of credit issues in more detail to understand the proposed changes and potential implications of the criteria that could have a significant impact on the design and construction of a project. We will be providing detailed credit examinations regularly prior to the end of the BRE’s consultation period … more

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With the recent launch of the draft BREEAM 2018 New Construction manual ahead of its expected full launch early next year, we take a look at how opportunities for updating the existing scheme to fit the current sustainability landscape have been met. The Building Research Establishment (BRE) aim to review and update their BREEAM UK New Construction standard every 3-4 years to ensure it reflects current best practice, … more

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Healthy Living Week is a NHS initiative to raise awareness and organise activities that promote healthy work places. Greengage have signed up to take part in this year’s week that will take place from Monday 25th to Friday 29th September! The idea is to commit to a 5 Day challenge during the week: Mindfulness Monday – aim to take 2 mindfulness minutes at your desk (breathe in for … more

­­­­With the government announcement that the sale of new diesel & petrol cars will be banned by 2040, development projects across the UK are hurriedly assessing the feasibility of additional EV parking provision. The announcement was made in the government air quality plan at the end of July, which includes the promise of £40m immediately to start local schemes rolling, which could include: changing road layouts, retrofitting public … more

Isabelle Mills joined Greengage as an intern in the summers of 2016 and 2017.  This is her story: I am currently studying an Integrated Masters (MEnvSci) Environmental Science degree at the University of Southampton with a specific focus on sustainable environmental management. Once graduating I hope to pursue a career in sustainability consulting. Internship Experience I had the pleasure of working for Greengage as an Intern in 2016 … more

We are proud and extremely pleased to announce that 9 Greyfriars Road in Reading has been shortlisted for the ‘Sustainability Project of the Year’ at the 2017 Building Awards, a scheme that Greengage were the BREEAM Assessors, BREEAM AP and Sustainability Consultant for. The scheme at 9 Greyfriars Road involved the full refurbishment of a 1980s building in Reading town centre including a new full height glazing system … more

Greengage is a Housing Design Award Winner with Adam Khan Architects and others for Tower Court, Hackney. Tower Court is at the head of Clapton Common, amongst a busy and culturally diverse residential neighbourhood.  A model for higher-density urban family living, the client’s brief called for particular attention to be paid to the needs of returning residents and the housing requirements of the Orthodox Jewish community. The scheme … more

In 2014-16 Greengage acted as Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Lead Assessors for several organisations, providing energy efficiency advice to identify prospects for investment in energy efficiency projects. One of those organisations was McLaren Construction Ltd who have been leading voices in the industry seeking to minimise the environmental impact of construction activities. When the business was initially assessed in 2015/16 we focussed on identifying the energy use of … more

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Summer has seen the culmination of Greengage’s work to support a planning application for a large, residential-led mixed use development at Clapham Park, London. Greengage were appointed as the energy lead for the development. Additional duties included supporting the environmental design to achieve occupant comfort and provide natural ventilation strategies within some buildings. The project has benefitted from our wider environmental design services to lead the creation of … more

We have been working closely with clients to develop sustainability strategies that go beyond the delivery of traditional sustainability documents at the planning stages to focus on health and wellbeing, sustainable communities and long-term client value. Particularly for residential led schemes this has become a greater consideration in the absence of the Code for Sustainable Homes. In addition to developing a residential design code to ensure sustainability considerations … more

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It has been another busy year for our ecology team. After a mild winter and a rainy May the ecology survey season is now in full swing, with the British summer finally upon us. This year, as always, we have been working on a wide range of projects that have taken us the length and breadth of the UK. In April we were pleased to welcome two new … more

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Greengage has been investigating how best to measure and improve health and wellbeing in offices by participating in the Wellbeing Lab project run by the UK Green Building Council this year. The project brought together teams from different companies to investigate the opportunities and challenges associated with gathering physical, perceptual, and organisational data relating to the office environment. The Wellbeing Lab was an opportunity for Greengage to investigate … more

As a GRESB Premier Partner, Greengage was actively involved in the 2017 Assessment through running a workshop on ‘Using GRESB to Deliver ESG in Real Estate’, assisting clients in their submission, and participating in official GRESB training, events and targeted working groups to improve the assessment. Our interactive GRESB workshop in April aimed to provide experienced ESG Managers and organisations benchmarking through GRESB for the first time, with … more

The BRE have recently announced that as of 1st July 2017, there will be a change to the structure and uplift in the fees for BREEAM New Construction scheme. For most BREEAM schemes, project registration fees will rise to £250 (from £195). The most significant change however, will be to certification fees for New Construction schemes, which will now be based on the project area rather than a flat … more