9 September 2013 — The Better Buildings Partnership has two new co-chairs. They are Emlyn Keane, head of property management and sustainable performance at AMP Capital Investors, and Paul Edwards, group general manager of sustainability at Mirvac.
Mr Keane has been with the BBP since it began, as chair of the tenant/owner collaboration working group.
He has focused on engaging tenants via the CitySwitch Green Office program and tackling the issue of waste from commercial fitout construction.
Mr Edwards has been with Mirvac since June this year, having previously headed-up the sustainability division of retail property owner Hammerson in the UK. He was also chair of BBP London and negotiated a milestone agreement with retail giant Marks and Spencer to incorporate green lease clauses across all stores.
Mr Keane said the program had “achieved a lot through our tenant engagement group in the past year”.
“The industry here is receptive and progressive and I am looking forward to continuing to work with the wider property community to deliver on our ambitious plans for the year ahead,” he said.
Mr Edwards said he was keen to bring lessons learned in the UK to Australia.
“The BBP UK was the most effective group in which I participated,” he said.
“It has a great role to play in pushing the sustainability agenda for the benefit of owners, tenants and agents alike. I look forward to bringing some of these international insights to the Sydney team and to further accelerating the sustainability outcomes for the property industry through increased cross-industry collaboration.”
The pair take over the role of chair from Bruce Precious of The GPT Group who chaired BBP for two years.
Better Buildings Partnership manager Esther Bailey said with the launch of a suite of industry tools along with milestone achievements in carbon emission reductions, Mr Precious had left behind a solid foundation.
The BBP recently delivered an online Leasing Lifecycle Tool for industry, which steps out the process involved throughout each stage of a new or renewed office lease. The tool refers to best practice case studies, template documents and other industry resources and looks at the parties involved, key considerations and the tools to use at each step of the process.
Read more about the tool in our Tenants and Landlords Guide to Happiness
Upcoming work will see the partnership deliver a fitout and materials specification research report, a comprehensive sustainable leasing toolkit for agents and create template lease clauses produced in association with legal firm, Spark Helmore, to help those at lease agreement stage ensure sustainability and building performance parameters are set up-front.