The environmental rating tool BREEAM from BRE Global is put under the spotlight in a podcast from green office design experts, Morgan Lovell.
The podcast is the second in the Green Office series, being produced bi-monthly by Morgan Lovell, where listeners can hear about the latest trends, technology and people in the world of green office design.
Martin Townsend, the director of BREEAM at BRE Global, starts off this latest episode, explaining how BREEAM – short for the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method – is helping to future-proof buildings and instil a conscientious effort among design professionals to include sustainability at an early stage in their building projects.
Podcast presenter Paul Kelly then sets off on a tour of London’s Charles Darwin House, a 1959 building in Roger Street recently awarded a BREEAM Excellent rating – achieved by reducing high energy usage and waste, whilst increasing comfort and satisfaction for the building’s users.
Listeners are taken on a tour of the building, which is home to three learned societies, the British Ecological Society, the Society for Experimental Biology and the Biochemical Society, with Dr Hazel Norman, who gives a fascinating insight into how inspirational design has helped achieve the challenging green standard.
To download the latest episode, log on to www.morganlovell.com/podcasts or subscribe via iTunes.
Paul Kelly, head of marketing at Morgan Lovell, said: “We hear so much about BREEAM and this podcast enables listeners to learn more about the standard and experience what it means to the people who work in a BREEAM Excellent office.
“The tour of Charles Darwin House also reinforces the fact that a BREEAM Excellent standard can also be achieved in older buildings and can deliver a range of inspirational features that boost staff morale and appeal to visitors.”
Sustainability is at the heart of Morgan Lovell’s work in office design and refurbishment. Its London office – based in Noel Street, Soho – scored the highest BREEAM rating ever for an office refurbishment of its type in the UK, winning both a Green Apple and BIFM Award – and the company has made the Sunday Times’ Best Green Companies list in 2008 and 2009.
A podcast is a pre-recorded ‘radio show’ that is posted for download on the internet, typically on iTunes. Users subscribe to a podcast and download individual ‘episodes’ to their iPods or MP3 players to listen whilst commuting, exercising or at home.