CIOB headquarters achieves ‘gold’ sustainability rating

The new headquarters of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has achieved a 'gold' sustainability rating, under the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) SKA environmental assessment tool.

Moving from its long term home in Ascot, the Institute decided to create a sustainable office environment and implemented 39 measures across energy use, CO2 emissions, waste, water, materials, pollution, transport and employee wellbeing.

The project saw at least 90% of construction and demolition waste either recycled or diverted from landfill, while materials and furniture with a low environmental impact were used.

In addition, a project-specific construction travel plan was devised prior to work on site to reduce road transport movements and deliveries, as well as the installation of sub-metering technology to monitor and manage energy use.

CIOB chief executive Chris Blythe, said: “We knew that moving away from our traditional offices in Ascot would require us to adopt a ‘practice what we preach’ attitude with regards to sustainability, but the Ska Gold rating goes beyond this, and we have worked hard to create a modern and comfortable environment for employees and visitors to the building.”

Leigh Stringer

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