CUBE Competition kicks off in the UK with industry leaders spearheading the net zero movement

by Johnny Clayton on Wednesday, 20 April 2022

Sophie Eastwood, YEP Global director and MD of Holistic & Holistic Insight

CUBE, the real estate industry’s first competition dedicated to empowering commercial buildings to make a significant contribution to net zero, has officially launched in the UK.

YEP has supported the initiative since it was announced in June 2021, celebrating its innovation and drive to accelerate positive change. It has gathered incredible momentum, signing up 10 leading industry names so far.

The participants encompass a diverse range of company sizes, sectors, locations and building types – comprising existing, heritage and newly refurbished commercial premises.

CUBE is designed to improve energy efficiency in the workplace through a fun, gamified competition that encourages simple behavioural change and building reprogramming. Crucially, it is designed to encourage closer collaboration between landlords, building managers and occupiers, promoting collective action towards shared goals to bring about substantial energy savings in their commercial buildings.

The current list of CUBE participants:

  • Landsec
  • Stanhope, working in tandem with Savills and Enjoy-Work as property managers
  • Savills has also submitted five buildings
  • TOG (The Office Group)
  • The Howard de Walden Estate
  • Real estate developer, the RO Group
  • Investor, developer, and asset manager, XLB Property
  • Workspace
  • Investor and developer, Dorrington
  • Developer and landlord, Frasers Property UK, alongside MAPP as property managers

These early movers are set to pioneer an innovative new approach to driving energy efficiency improvements in their buildings, working together and sharing knowledge, best practice, and outcomes to lead the way in the wider industry’s journey to net zero.

Office buildings in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds alone are wasting £60 million in avoidable energy bills, according to the Green Alliance, so we have a lot to do.

The calibre of this list highlights the appetite for new ways to address climate change and improve the performance of our buildings. With approximately 30 buildings in the competition this year, the team at CUBE want 100 next year. We can all help spread the word with our employers and network, and have a positive impact with a bit of fun and healthy competition!

The first rankings will be revealed in May. Registration is still open here:

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