The sustainable office refurbishment for the UK Green Building Council headquarters

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The UK Green Building Council's (UK-GBC) headquarters in central London has achieved the lowest embodied carbon footprint ever recorded for an office refurbishment in the UK.

The project, which was built by Morgan Lovell, is an exemplar for sustainable office refurbishment and also features a range of innovative wellbeing measures, delivering a space that is both better for people, and better for the environment.

UK-GBC hopes that this landmark project will inspire and encourage employers, landlords and occupiers alike to set the bar high when upgrading their office spaces. It demonstrates that even a 160m² floorspace can deliver phenomenal commercial, social and environmental value if each decision is challenged and scrutinised.

The design and delivery team - a collaboration between Morgan Lovell, Barr Gazetas, Cundall and Currie & Brown - worked with a carbon profiling specialist to ensure that opportunities to reuse, recycling and responsible sourcing were maximised.

Key stats:

139 kgCO2/m² - Embodied carbon footprint 22% below a comparable “standard” fit-out and the lowest ever recorded in the UK (SCP database, WRAP database)*
48% decrease in carbon emissions from lighting
99.4% of construction waste diverted from landfill
98% of original fixtures and finishes reused or repurposed
Wellbeing measures have been incorporated into the design in order to improve staff satisfaction, productivity and overall health and wellness. These measures include: a beautiful living wall with over 1,500 plants; an innovative ventilation system, which has delivered a 750% increase in background fresh air provision; an automated low-energy LED lighting system; and products and finishes that minimise (and in some cases actively remove) pollutants from the air.
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