Culture and Wellbeing
Governance and Ethics
Sustainability in Services
Community and Charity
Sustainability is firmly ingrained in business practice and is a guiding principle in the real estate industry. It informs everything we do and strongly reinforces our business purpose. The business case for sustainability is clear, and powerful; not only does it create value, but also improves the performance of buildings and people’s lives.
Our embedded sustainability advice focusses on helping clients create better outcomes for people as well as protecting or enhancing our natural world and resources. A key aim of the sustainability team is to offer our clients integrated sustainability advice throughout all of AY’s relevant services. The services we provide as part of this are created to improve our clients’ sustainability performance:
• ESG or Responsible Property Investment (RPI) strategy and reporting
• Operational building sustainability, energy and carbon saving reduction
• Health and wellbeing for occupiers, developers and landlords
• Regulatory compliance and risk management (MEES, ESOS and Heat Networks)
In 2018 the Sustainability team acted for a mix of private and public real estate clients, including REIT’s, private equity investors, fund managers, lenders, local authorities and blue chip businesses. The integration of smart technology is an emerging trend which allows us to further embed our advice alongside our traditional services.
Very rarely do buildings perform operationally as planned in the design and built stage. We want to bridge this gap between intended and actual use. Lee Cleeton, who joined us last year, is a specialist engineer in this area and is helping our clients achieve exactly this outcome. Lee has key project experience in low energy building design and operation within the commercial, industrial, residential, healthcare and education sectors.
We have joined the Steering Committee of the UK GBC Cities Programme. The programme aims to improve Cities by; driving change through improved standards, encouraging delivery through public and private partnerships and shaping national and regional policy.
GVA want to be industry leading health and wellbeing advisors. To achieve this, one of our employees became accredited to the WELL Standard, becoming a WELL AP. Five of our employees became Fitwell ambassadors.
Integrate social and environmental best practice into our services
Collaborate with industry groups on sustainability initiatives
Ensure all staff undertake training on sustainability
Work with our teams to integrate sustainability ‘good and best practice’ into client services
Where appropriate deliver bespoke sustainability services to our clients
Deliver free training sessions to students and the wider sector
Continue supporting the work of the UK Green Building Council
Continue being an active member of the BBP Managing Agents Partnership
Publish research reports and thought leadership articles
UN SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities
Make Cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Our work with clients and industry enables us to help transition the property sector to a sustainable model and add value for our clients along the way.