Investa today released the property industry’s first Sustainability Tenant Toolkit, a comprehensive, online platform that will enable more than 100,000 people working in Investa’s buildings nationally, to operate more sustainable workplaces, better understand the environmental performance of their building and be more effective and productive at work, while lowering the carbon footprint of their building.
Nina James, General Manager, Corporate Sustainability, Investa said: “As Australia’s first property company to commit to set a science based target of net zero carbon emissions by 2040, helping the 750+ companies who occupy our buildings, create more sustainable outcomes within their tenancies and across their 100,000+ workforce, is key to reaching the target.
As office Managers, we only directly control circa 50% of the average building’s energy use, tenants control the rest. To reach our net zero target, it’s critical we engage with our tenants to better understand what ESG factors are important to them, so we can work together to achieve mutually beneficial improvements, from both an environmental and economic perspective. The Toolkit is the ideal platform to help us do this.” said Ms James.
The Toolkit provides tenants with a wide variety of content and resources, presented in an accessible, user-friendly format. Animated data visualisations are used to convey technical environmental performance data of the buildings, providing an interesting and easy way for a broad spectrum of users to learn more about what they can do as individuals and with their work colleagues to be more sustainable and healthy at work.
Information available on the Toolkit includes;
9 top tips for a healthier, lower carbon work day - such as cycling to work, using recyclable coffee cups, choosing lunch options with recyclable packaging, smart desk habits and information on how Investa is managing plant, equipment and lighting at the building to reduce emissions, energy and water use;
Information on workplace trends and fit-out design and their relationship to employee productivity and wellness;
A comprehensive online fit-out guide to help tenants make the right decisions both when they are leaving their old tenancy and transitioning to their new workplace with Investa;
Environmental performance data of the building, including carbon emissions and electricity, water and gas use;
Key industry sustainability ratings including NABERS Energy and Water ratings, Green Star and GRESB ratings.
Ms James said: “Engaging with tenants on ways Investa can help their staff be more comfortable and productive is a very compelling case for engagement, as even small improvements in these areas can have significant positive impacts on the performance of their business.”
Recent research conducted by Investa with tenants indicated that design and fit-out of the tenancy was one of the top three, building-related factors they identified as having a significant impact on the engagement and satisfaction of staff. Many tenants also indicated that having more access to communal wellness programs and services for their staff, such as exercise classes and medical checks, would be of value to their business in the future.
“Industry benchmarks such as the WELL Building Institute’s WELL rating and GRESB provide third party verification of sustainability success factors, giving transparency to managers and investors. To achieve consistent improvement however, it’s important we pursue opportunities beyond certifications, so tenant engagement is a critical part of this, as reaching consumption targets often requires behavioural changes in conjunction with operational effectiveness,” said Ms James.
Jonathan Callaghan, CEO Investa said: “Investa has a long history of innovation and of adopting a science-based approach to how we achieve leadership in the environmental performance of office buildings. With global investors requiring a holistic, measurable approach to reducing emissions and achieving sustainability targets, it’s crucial that we develop new ways to broaden our reach and impact, which means engaging not only with our tenant organisations, but also the 100,000 people who work in our buildings across Australia.”
• Hear from the team that developed the Sustainability Tenant Toolkit and access the Explainer Video here
• Access a full Toolkit here