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Welcome to April’s Building Performance Insights. I hope you had a great bank holiday weekend and enjoyed the sunshine.

Mike Kenny, our accredited Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) lead assessor, has put together his top tips on how to turn your ESOS compliance into your business weapon. Scroll down, watch the video and read more.

We launch a brand new, free service: Ask Our Experts. You ask us any building or real estate problem that’s bugging you, we’ll get back to you within 48 hours with a solution.

I’m looking forward to speaking at the Higher Education Design Quality Forum on May 22nd.

And.. oh.. I’ve also started training for my 21km swim in Lake Windemere in September, for Macmillan Cancer Support. Please support this wonderful charity.

I hope you find our ideas helpful. Do get in touch to discuss how we can help you improve the performance and productivity of your people, buildings and estates.

John O’Brien
Founder and MD
t: 01295 722823
e: [email protected]


ESOS – how compliance can be your business weapon

ESOS is the UK government’s mandatory energy saving initiative, introduced in response to the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive. Companies affected must comply with ESOS phase 2 by 5th December, or face fines.

We believe ESOS shouldn’t be seen as a regulatory hurdle. In fact it’s an opportunity for your organisation to improve and gain business advantages such as improved performance, cost savings, or aligning your estates closer to your broader organisational objectives.

Mike Kenny is an accredited ESOS lead assessor. Watch his 30 second introduction to ESOS phase 2..

Here are our Top Ten Tips for turning ESOS into a Business Weapon:

1: Review your ESOS phase 1 recommendations

2: Link ESOS actions to other objectives

3: Agree a budget – and the upside!

4: Use the guidance available

5: Run an internal assessment

6: Make sure senior stakeholders understand ESOS

7: Find & appoint an accredited ESOS lead assessor

8: Get ready

9: Communicate the results

10: Set your own medium term targets

Get your free short punchy guide to make Esos your business weapon here

Ask Our Experts – We love to solve your knotty problems! 


We’re proud that we quickly find pragmatic and creative solutions to the thorniest of real estate problems. Problems like:

My board doesn’t value or understand why my FM initiative is so important for the business! How do I convince them?”

How can I be 100% sure we’re  getting value for money from my in house, or 3rd party FM team?

How do I deliver my workplace refurbishment or construction projects on time, to budget and as required?

How do I fulfil statutory and technical compliance for our buildings and estate without taking up so much of my team’s time?

How do we reduce our utilities bill and carbon emissions?”

This technical problem is giving me a headache – how do I solve it?

How can I make everyone happy with office conditions? Some complain that it’s too hot, others complain it’s too cold!


Share your problems, win champagne.

That’s why we’re kicking open the doors and launching Ask Our Experts. A Dear Deirdre for real estate.

Do you have a tricky strategy, operational, technical or tactical real estate related problem? Send it to us and we’ll get back to you within 48 hours with a solution.

And each month we’ll send a bottle of champagne to the person with the most relevant, interesting, or universal problem. We’ll publish it in our Monthly Insights (anonymously if you choose).
So please email any thorny issue that’s vexing you, click below, leave us your question, and you’ll hear back from us in 48 hours.

Test us go on!



HEDQF event: “How can we design high performing buildings”

John O’Brien, LCMB Founder will present at the Higher Education Design Quality Forum (HEDQF) event: “How can we design high performing buildings” on the 22nd May in London.

HEDQF promotes high-quality design at university campuses, buildings and facilities in order to enhance student experience, research and public engagement.

Join John as he presents the recent groundbreaking findings on how simple improvements to the workplace have resulted in a 12% improvement in people’s cognitive capability, and 60% increase in working speed.

Email John – if you’d like to attend.

You can download our guide, which is based on our findings, by clicking the button below.

Get the Ultimate Guide to the Productive workplace here

John is at it again ….

“I’m swimming 21kmof Lake Windermere in September. That’s 10-12 hours, face-down in chilly murky water, covering a half marathon distance. It’s all to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, a wonderful charity.”

Read more about why John is putting himself through this quite unpleasant challenge here, or click on the button below to donate.


Last month most popular blog

LCMB blogs cover a range of building performance and related issues.

Our most popular blog in February was Top tips to create a killer facilities strategy.


Case Studies

LCMB's accelerated ROI audit

Too many organisations spend large sums of money on the wrong initiatives that generate a poor return or even a loss.

This is why we created the LCMB accelerated ROI audit. It cuts through the noise and quickly, clearly identifies the untapped performance improvement areas within your buildings.

The audit uncovers operational inefficiencies such as under-utilised space and facilities, as well as cost and energy reduction opportunities, and then provides a clear plan for realising potential.

By implementing the plan, we guarantee the audit pays for itself within 6 months and thereafter generates a positive return.

Contact John O’Brien on 01295 576 000  [email protected] to discuss how the LCMB accelerated ROI audit can improve your organisation performance and return on investment.

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