CUBE is making a difference

Holistic has been working with CUBE, the UK’s first competition designed to drive down energy use in commercial buildings, for over a year, launching it to the real estate market and encouraging landlords, building managers and occupiers to take part.

Part of our role has been to spread the word among influencers, gathering endorsements. Using our extensive network, we’ve secured support from Race to Zero, SIOR Europe, YEP and Centric Lab and the Mayor of London’s office.

Our MD, Sophie, sits on the board of YEP Global and didn’t hesitate to recommend the promotion of CUBE as an impact project. She said: “With my Holistic hat on I am delighted to say that we were given the opportunity to work with CUBE and it has been a career highlight for me and indeed the whole team. We have supported CUBE since it decided to launch in the UK. We’ve publicised it in titles such as EG, told our network about it and gathered endorsements from the likes of Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor of London as well Climate Champion Nigel Topping and the President of the European Chapter of SIOR Europe.”

For those who haven’t heard about it yet, the competition has been successful in France for six years, delivering savings of between 15% and 55% in energy for participants including BNP Paribas and Orange. In just six months, the UK competition is already showing similar promise with an average of 15% savings. In a time of energy crisis and escalating costs there are benefits beyond carbon emission reductions – it couldn’t be more relevant.

Participants this year include LandSec with three buildings in London, Stanhope with four buildings including White City Place MediaWorks, Savills with the Leadenhall Building, The Howard de Walden Estate with its head office, XLB Property with three buildings in Manchester and RO with two properties in Southampton and Watford.

The genius is that it’s the buildings not the companies that compete. They are benchmarked against their own baseline so it’s all about improvement. This also means any building can compete, no matter how well it’s performing – new, existing, listed, city centre or regional, UK-wide.

The organisers of the competition, sustainability consultancy Ampersand Partners, have taken this on as an impact project and it’s working! We want to get excitement building for the results of year one and the start of year two. If you are or indeed know a landlord, occupier or managing agent, CUBE needs you!