Howard de Walden becomes first participant in new CUBE Competition
We’re pleased to share that The Howard de Walden Estate has become the first organisation to sign up to CUBE, registering its historic head office as part of the competition, which has just reopened after undergoing an extensive refurbishment project.
The newly renovated building has been updated to include a number of new low carbon technologies and sustainable design features. The organisation's investment in renovations, coupled with its participation in the competition, support the company’s commitment to reducing its impact on the environment and emphasises Howard de Walden’s efforts to ensure sustainability in their own developments through working with occupiers to change behaviours and understand how to achieve energy efficiency, getting the most out of the commercial building.
Howard de Walden’s participation also showcases how the business is focusing on bridging the gap between heritage preservation and the drive to achieve net zero carbon in the industry. Its head office is one of many period buildings in the UK and, through CUBE, will demonstrate that more can be done to preserve historic buildings while still meeting the requirements of the 21st century and responding to climate change.
Once the competition begins in March, Howard de Walden will receive a range of tools and support to identify ways to reduce energy use as well as sharing their own ideas and successes with other participants, facilitating improved energy performance in a collaborative way.
Laura Jockers, Head of Sustainability at The Howard de Walden Estate, said:
"We are proud to be the first to sign up to CUBE. We must find new and innovative ways to reduce energy consumption in our buildings if we are to mitigate the impact of the built environment on climate change. It is the responsibility of us all, individually and collectively, and we hope that many more join this movement and take a positive step on the road to net zero.”
Kristin Marin, who runs the competition in the UK, added: “The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report this month confirmed we’re running out of time to avert 1.5C of warming, largely because of humans and our behaviour. Howard de Walden is spearheading change in our workplaces as the first participant in CUBE, and we hope many more follow their example. Commercial properties in the UK waste £60 million in avoidable energy bills so, if every office building in the UK entered this competition, the impact would be enormous,” she added.