We are in a climate crisis and the construction industry is responsible for 49% of carbon emissions in the UK. Last year at Glenbrook we decided to get all our new BTR schemes assessed by an external carbon consultant.
Since 2016 we have delivered four BTR schemes for institutional funds across Liverpool and Manchester. With another six in the pipeline, we made the decision to start measuring our carbon performance on all new development.
The reasons for this were threefold. Firstly, in a world of sustainability declarations and intentions, we want to demonstrate that green principles are at the heart of our developments. Secondly, understanding how our developments perform gives us additional comfort when proposing carbon reduction targets to planners, and thirdly, ESG is increasingly on the agenda of our funding partners – they want to see a strong track record and commitment to ongoing innovation.
To start, we needed a benchmark. This would allow us to understand our carbon footprint, show us what we were doing right and identify areas for improvement. Our scheme VOX, a 280-flat scheme built on a disused industrial site in Manchester was the obvious choice to test our performance. The scheme completed in January 2021, and is our fourth BTR scheme, so demonstrating an evolved Glenbrook product. From inception, well-being and sustainability were at the heart of the design and, with our consultants, we endeavoured to deliver on these areas as efficiently as possible, within the development budget...
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