The managing director of Skanska has said London developers and builders should reassess their plans to reduce their impact on the environment and community.
Skanska’s Paul Heather, one of the keynote speakers at the opening debate of Open House London, plans to ask event attendees if the industry can help to build a cleaner city.
The debate will take place at the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre of the London School of Economics today (9 September) at 6.30pm.
Skanska is the sustainability sponsor of Open House London, an architectural festival that opens 800 buildings to the public on 19 and 20 September. It is also sponsoring the opening debate.
Mr Heather said: “I think there is much more that developers and builders can do to make buildings and the construction process greener. Skanska is a leader in this field, having worked on a range of environmentally friendly projects, including the award-winning Brent Civic Centre – the greenest public building in the UK. As an industry, we need to have the vision to create a cleaner, less polluting world.”
Green buildings are also healthier for the people who work in them and improve productivity, according to research by the World Green Building Council.
The study, supported by Skanska, suggests there is overwhelming evidence that the design of offices has a big effect on the people who work in them.
“Cutting pollution is not just about vehicles,” Mr Heather said. “It’s about ensuring buildings produce the lowest amount of carbon emissions across their lifetime. That starts right at the beginning, with the design process.”