Frequently asked questions
We are here to help you throughout the application process.
1. I am an occupier in a part of a building. Can I register?
If you only have whole building data (not submetered) and the entity that registers to the competition is a user of the building, it must occupy at least 80% of the leased area of the building:
Either directly by its own occupation
Or by bringing together various occupiers. In this case, the entity or primary user who participates in CUBE, is able to present the consolidated consumption of all the tenants participating
This is because if only a small % of the building is engaged, it becomes difficult for them to make a dent in the overall building consumption. If submetering is available, a single tenant in a multi-tenant building may enter even if majority of the building cannot.
The occupiers are more easily united by the owner or the user of the building. In terms of organisining the competition, a single contact for the building will be necessary.
PLEASE REFER TO THE 'HOW TO REGISTER' PAGE FOR FULL DETAILS.
2. Can an owner register with his tenants?
Absolutely! The registration most often happens by the lessor. The following should be checked:
After regsitration, occupiers are made aware early on that they are part of the competition
The owner is able to produce a metering, a measure or a reliable statement consolidating all of the site’s consumption and historical data
The information included in the candidate kit, with the resources facilitating awareness and implementation of the competition for different users, via a single point of contact.
3. When is the deadline for registering?
Registration for Season 2 opened June 2023. Interested participants have up until one week before the Kick-off Event launching Spring/Summer 2024 to register*. Buildings can take anywhere from one week to 9 months to mobilise, so it's never too early to get involved and start planning for your CUBE year of action.
*SEE REGISTRATION PAGE FOR FULL TIMELINE.
4. Do I enrol a building or a tenancy?
The entire building is entered as a participant.
If submetering is available, a single tenant in a multi-occupier building may enter if the entire building cannot. The competition can therefore also facilitate competition and rankings between occupiers in one single buildings where submetered information exists.
5. How can I pay my contribution fee?
Payment can be payable via bank transfer.
CUBE is a non-commercial initiative and operates primarily on the support from participants through a small contribution fee.
By building size (sq ft):
Up to 30,000: £1950
30,000 to 200,000: £2950
Volume discount of up to 30%. Reach out at email@example.com if you would like to discuss these options.
How it works
6. What do I as a building owner have to do?
As you enroll your buildings, it is key to get occupiers onboard. Outreach is also an opportunity to strengthen the relationship and align on sustainability objectives. It is common that building owners pay the entry fee for buildings in the first year.
You will also be required to provide a few bits of data, including:
Past energy consumption data on the buildings with evidence (ideally 3 years worth of data representing years 2018,2019, and 2022). Existing participants from Season 1 do not need to provide historical data
GIA of the metered area, with evidence
Any green building certifications
7. What's expected from my customers?
This competition is intended to be a fun way for customers to not only collaborate with landlords but also across their various internal teams. Customers are encouraged to form Green Teams that raise awareness and provide fun opportunities for all their peers to participate in. They are also expected to engage with the landlords and other occupiers regularly to develop action plans and track progress for the building.
8. How do I access my candidate platform?
After paying the contribution fee, you are provided with sign in details to the candidate platform.
9. What activities and events are being organised throughout the year?
It will be key to have continuous awareness of the competition throughout the year. We are organising the following:
Kick off opening event for all participants
2-3 candidate meetings throughout the year
Regular press releases through dedicated PR and participant PR channels
During the competition, interesting stories, and original initiatives will be shared.
10. What resources will be available to candidates to encourage interest?
A communication kit is distributed to candidates that includes:
Feedback and case studies
11. What happens to the building data provided?
By registering for the CUBE Competition, participants agree to share the data entered for the purpose of assessing performance and determining rankings.
The site description data and energy consumption recovered for the competition are in no way made public, except for the winners of each category of the competition. During the monthly distribution of the rankings, only the names of the top twenty candidates for the general ranking and the top three candidates in each category are made public.
Participants give the right to use the consumption data for the purpose of calculating statistics for the overall competition but will not use the data in any way that will identify a specific building, company or organisation other than for the winners.
The CUBE Competition reserves the right to request energy bills for the year covered by the competition and the right to visit the buildings to verify the data.
12. How does CUBE verify that the data provided is accurate?
For the period of two months after the competition ends, CUBE personnel conduct full audits of data provided of up to 15 participants, including walkthroughs of buildings and speaking directly to occupiers.
Terms and Conditions
13. What happens if the competition is delayed?
Due to the changing circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the competition start can be delayed by up to 3 months, after which a full refund can be issued or rolled over to the new start date.
14. What is the refund policy?
No refunds will be issued within a month of the original start date. If there is a delay of more than 3 months, a full refund can be issued if desired, or your payment will roll over to the new start date.
15. What if the minimum number of building participants is not met?
The minimum number of buildings required for the competition to proceed is 20 in total to ensure maximum benefits of participation and promote the competitive spirit.
Note that participants may enter only one building, and the 20 building minimum requirement refers to the minimum for the competition to run as a whole.
16. Use of communications material?
Participants reserve the right to use all communications material as they wish, including but not limited to internal and external press releases, presentations, on websites, etc.
17. Liability if the ranking provided is wrong?
The CUBE Competition accepts no liability if the ranking is incorrect.
18. Who is liable if participant energy performance deteriorates after entering the competition?
The CUBE Competition is in no way responsible for the energy performance of building participants. CUBE can provide basic support and advice to help teams understand the reason for such performance but are not liable for the impact of such advice.
19. Who is liable if there is a death or injury due to participation in CUBE?
The CUBE Competition is not liable for any death or injuries caused due to participation in the competition.
20. Registrants and entry into the competition
The person who registers the company must have the right and permission to do so by the company. In the event that this person does not have the right, the company is able to retract registration.
21. Payment terms
Interested parties that have registered have 30 days after receiving the invoice to pay the contribution fee of £2500.
22. Supplier commencement
Access to the candidate space, resources and PR will be made available from the competition launch date.