This checklist breaks down the complex issues into simple, easy-to-follow steps. Find out how to go green.
Step 1 of 3 Before work begins on sustainable office design
Be clear about your vision
Get your Board or key stakeholders to buy into the benefits
Decide what level of sustainability you want to achieve
Decide what BREEAM1 rating you want to achieve
Decide what LEED1 rating you want to achieve
Define your project objectives
Increase energy efficiency to reduce ongoing costs
Reduce carbon emissions
Comply with CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme2 reporting requirements
Comply with (or exceed) building regulations (Part L, Part F)
Comply with (or exceed) CIBSE and BSRIA Guidelines
Make better use of your space
Create a healthier workplace (reduce VOCs3, improve air quality)
Create or enhance your Corporate Social Responsibility programme
Communicate a sustainable ethos to staff, stakeholders and clients
Assess and compare your potential buildings for energy efficiency
Measure the CO2 and CO emissions of the assessed building / office space
What is the difference in CO2 emissions (by percentage) between your site, and a notional building that complies with 2002 building regulations?
Request a copy of the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and the associated building report
Choose a building that is already BREEAM (or LEED) rated
Measure the building's solar gain to assess the impact it will have on energy use
Check the compass direction of the space. Is it north or south? Assess how you can use daylight to reduce your lighting demand
What is the energy rating of the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems? Will they need to be replaced?
Does the space have a building management system, to enable the monitoring and control of energy use?
Is there sufficient sub-metering in place to measure and report energy use?
Are there enough public transport links to satisfy BREEAM standards?
Is there space for installation of bicycle racks and showers, to meet BREEAM standards?
BREEAM® (BRE's Environmental Assessment Method) and LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design's 'green building' rating system) are the two most recognised and authoritative systems for rating how 'green' or 'eco-friendly' a building is.
CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme is a new regulatory regime that is intended to encourage large, non-energy intensive businesses (for example: retail chains, banks, local authorities and many institutional landlords) to improve their energy efficiency and reduce their carbon emissions.
VOCs are volatile organic compounds, emitted by many paints, glues, wirings, carpets and other materials. They can be harmful over time.