GRESB/BREEAM Individual Leadership Award
As part of the BREEAM Awards 2021 we are recognising individuals who have demonstrated strong leadership and commitment in the field of sustainable development, and personally championed the cause of responsible real estate investment. The final winner in this category will be decided by a public vote. Find out about the candidates below. The winner will be announced live at the BREEAM Awards online on Thursday 25 March, Day 3 at 5pm (GMT)
Voting will close on Friday 19 March at 5PM (GMT)
Abigail Dean, Nuveen
Certification is a priority for Nuveen. It provides transparency to stakeholders and gives credibility to our sustainability strategy. I have therefore significantly increased the number of certified buildings in our portfolio. Certification standards ease engagement with partners and suppliers as specifying a required standard is clear and unambiguous. Another added benefit is liquidity. If buildings are certified, due diligence is more straightforward.
Derk Welling, APG Asset Management
Derk joined APG in 2017 he introduced the measurement of exposure to the different rating schemes, through GRESB. Early 2020 almost 67m sq.m was certified (2019: 55m sq.m) of which almost 19m sq.m (2019: 14m sq.m) with BREEAM in-Use which equals 22% of APG’s global portfolio. APG and its client have set the target to double certification by 2025. For Derk BREEAM in-use is not about certification, but should be used as an asset management tool. The exposure by value to the different rating levels can be considered as a proxy for risk in a portfolio.
Clementine Pacitti, Klépierre
In the retail sector, green building certifications provide an opportunity for developers and owners to differentiate their products by demonstrating higher standards of environmental quality and implementing design features to sustain long-term asset values. What is more, studies show a correlation between sustainability features such as indoor air quality, greenery and daylight levels and increased dwell time, visitor loyalty and retailers’ sales.
Jacob Hurtley, Octopus Real Estate
Working with a portfolio of 58 operating care homes and a further 17 under construction, the implementation of an active Environmental, Social and Governance (‘ESG’) Strategy has been integral to the recent success of our Funds. Attaining certification for our assets is important to identify their current performance, and to highlight areas where we can actively drive improvements to their efficiency and performance.
Katherine Sherwin, Blackrock
As the Global Head of Real Assets ESG Integration, Katherine is responsible for developing and implementing strategies that advance ESG integration and sustainable investing across BlackRock’s Real Assets platform, which manages over US$56 billion in equity and debt investments. She works with BlackRock’s Real Estate and Infrastructure teams to integrate sustainability considerations within their investment processes, asset management activities and wider business strategies.