New project to track health and profit benefits of green retail stores

by Search Gate staff. Published Wed 04 Mar 2016 13:26
M&S; supports green retail project launched today

A new scheme to help measure the health, wellbeing and productivity benefits of sustainable retail property is being launched today by the UK Green Building Council.

The project will form a key part of an upcoming World Green Building Council global campaign on healthy buildings - which will cover a range of building types beyond retail, and follows last year’s report Health, wellbeing and productivity in offices.

The Retail Task Group, led by UK-GBC, will be international in scope, ensuring the outputs are relevant for the retail sector globally.

Retailers, as well as those who invest in, develop and manage retail property, are increasingly keen to understand the relationship between sustainable store design, the health and wellbeing of staff and customers, and profit.

The Retail Task Group will seek to adapt existing ways of measuring health and wellbeing set out in last year’s report specifically for the retail sector, to help strengthen the business case for sustainable stores, and pilot the metrics in real stores - gathering real data and developing best practice case studies.

John Alker, Director of Policy and Communications and Interim CEO at the UK Green Building Council, said: “Green buildings must not only meet our planetary needs, but also the needs of people and business.

“That’s why health, wellbeing and productivity in the property sector is such a key topic – it’s essential for making the business case for green buildings. But it’s now time to go from awareness raising to action, and driving real change on the ground.”

The first sponsors of WorldGBC's new global campaign on health, wellbeing and productivity, which includes the Retail Task Group, were today announced as ARUP, Land Securities, Marks and Spencer, Skanska and Saint-Gobain.

Zoe Young, Property Plan A Project Manager at Marks and Spencer, said: “Post occupancy evaluations of our most sustainable stores have identified increased customer and staff satisfaction. Collaborating with the WorldGBC and UK-GBC on developing retail specific metrics will enable us to further establish the business case for sustainable stores.

“In support of our Plan A objectives, we want to understand if, in addition to being more resource efficient, sustainable shops can attract more revenue.”

The Retail Task Group will publish its interim results in mid-2016 and the first schedule of work will be completed by early 2017.

The free Healthy Offices App, available for iPad and Android, is also being launched at Ecobuild. It allows users to explore last year’s report in a more interactive format, with new case studies and opinion pieces.

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