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British Land win CIBSE Test of Time award

Real estate investment trust and developer British Land have been awarded the first ever Test of Time Award at the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineer’s (CIBSE) Building Performance Awards (BPAs), which rewards measured in-use building performance rather than projections or promises at design.

The company were honoured in the new category because they have demonstrated that they are committed to developing high-performing buildings over a sustained period, as well as managing and measuring their performance in the long term.

The Test of Time Award, launched in the Building Performance Awards’ 10th anniversary year, has been created to recognise long-term commitment to the achievement of high building performance by past winners of BPAs who have continued and built upon the successes that were recognised. After 10 years of judging high-performing entries into the awards, the new category allows CIBSE to further highlight entrants whose work continues to stand out.

2016 has been an incredible year for British Land, who have managed a 45% reduction in like-for-like landlord energy use, cutting occupiers’ energy bills and eliminating 29,270 tonnes of carbon emissions. This has been achieved by building on what has been accomplished since 2009, when the firm committed to cutting their landlord energy costs by 20% per square metre. This commitment to a long-term energy saving strategy won them the Client Energy Management Award at the BPA’s 2012, and has seen them recognised again for consistently bettering their success in the years since.

The results are more than just good on paper: British Land improvements have also had a major impact on their stakeholders and occupants. Occupant satisfaction scores have shot up to 7.9/10, above the industry average, and feedback shows that their buildings are easy to manage and comfortable to work in because of the dynamic monitoring systems.

On top of this, occupiers and staff have felt the benefits of a new focus on occupant wellbeing as a top priority.  By applying the World Green Building Council framework for measuring wellbeing and productivity, the team at British Land have been able to measure the effect that changes to the light, noise and smells of the environment have benefited staff. The results show that staff feel more comfortable, healthier and happier, and that 99% of staff now enjoy their work environment, up from 69%.

As well as their record of demonstrating in-use building performance, the team at British Land has shown a sustained commitment to measuring and improving their building performance, including a target of a 55% reduction in landlord energy intensity per square metre versus 2009 levels by 2020. This voluntary commitment to standards that are way beyond statutory minimums demonstrates to the whole industry what is possible, and the potential benefits, that can be gained through a commitment to schemes such as BREEAM and ESOS.

Lucinda Bell, Chief Financial Officer at British Land, said: “We're delighted to have won the CIBSE Test of Time Award. Our energy efficiency programme has saved occupiers £13m over four years, at the same time as optimising lighting levels, air quality and temperatures for the wellbeing of people in our buildings. Thanks to our team and property management partner Broadgate Estates for helping us create Places People Prefer.”

John Field, President of CIBSE, said: “We have seen a range of extraordinary achievements over the last ten years at these Awards, but a building can only truly be said to be high performing if it is able to achieve great results consistently over its lifetime.

“To reach that goal requires constant innovation, intense commitment and an organisational approach to building performance over a number of years – something that has clearly been demonstrated by the British Land team since their first win in 2012. Not only are their results stunning, but their approach has truly benefitted the industry by providing help, advice and inspiration to others looking to become more sustainable.”

The CIBSE Building Performance Awards recognise the people, products and projects that demonstrate engineering excellence in the built environment. The Awards focus on actual, measured performance, not design intent or performance specifications. Entries are open to any organisation, both within the UK and internationally, that is responsible for the design, commissioning, construction, installation and operation of low energy buildings and the manufacturers whose products enable efficient energy consumption.

The full list of award winners can be accessed here.