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Clients are demanding ‘excellence’

Customers value BREEAM ratings, Claudine Blamey will tell the summit

Claudine Blamey is director of corporate responsibility at British Land and in charge of corporate environmental policy.

She has a degree in environmental control from Greenwich University and a masters in environmental management and legislation from Brunel University.

Ms Blamey joined British Land in 2002 after a five-year spell as the environment manager at Honda (UK), where she put the company's environmental policy into operation nationally across all divisions and dealerships.

She is also chairwoman of the UK Green Building Council's policy and communications committee, a board member of the Corporate Responsibility Group, and a member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.

In her presentation to the summit, 'Building sustainability - the client's perspective', Ms Blamey will outline how driving forces such as the expectations customers now place on British Land to provide sustainable buildings are bringing about a change in construction values.

British Land has begun including green credentials in its selection criteria and Ms Blamey's presentation will look at the steps BL has taken to drive sustainability along the entire supply chain. This includes signing up to an industry-wide environmental and ethical policy and setting up a corporate responsibility and procurement group, which has brought together major firms like Bovis Lend Lease, HBG and Mace.

Ms Blamey will examine what skills will be expected of partners in future in terms of renewable energy and low-carbon technologies and how client aspirations for BREEAM excellent-rated buildings are now being integrated right from the start of the project process.

One example of how sustainability can be incorporated into a build at the earliest possible stage is, in Ms Blamey's view, 201 Bishopsgate. Here, there has been a sustained focus on carbon reduction and a continual examination of design issues which has seen that operational efficiency has bettered Part L of the 2006 regulations by 29 per cent.

The construction industry, however, in partnership with the Government, needs to refresh its approach to sustainability, and apply what Ms Blamey calls some ambitious big picture thinking.

She says the industry can achieve this through education, training and awareness, and she welcomes the forthcoming profile-raising initiatives the UK Green Building Council is soon to undertake.

Claudine Blamey is Corporate Responsibility Executive at British Land and will be speaking on the second day of the Green Construction Summit