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Building Performance Insights

The UK Government was world leading in their pledge to combat climate change. In fact, the UK was the first nation to prepare legally binding carbon reduction legislation with its Climate Change Act 2008, committing the UK to reach a net zero carbon target by 2050.

Many organisations have declared their commitment to achieving net zero carbon targets to help slow down and, eventually, prevent the climate emergency. For example, UK universities have promised to achieve zero carbon as soon as 2025 to 2050. The NHS has committed to being net zero between 2040 and 2045. And global organisations like Amazon intend to achieve their net zero targets around 2040 or earlier.

This will impact every one of us over the coming years, as we change the way we live and work.

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LCMB have been helping our clients reduce their energy use and carbon emissions for the last decade. This year LCMB also becomes a net zero carbon business.

To achieve net zero carbon for workplaces, buildings, and estates the best and simplest approach is to ensure anything which is not required is switched off, and it performs at its most efficient when switched on. This approach, applying lean thinking, will take you most of the way to your minimum carbon performance.

This is the simplest and most practical way to take your first steps towards Net Zero Carbon. We will be publishing LCMB’s route to net zero carbon for workplaces, buildings, and estates in March, click here, if you’d like to reserve your copy and learn more.

Also in this newsletter is news of our next two webinars – one on making your workplaces safer and healthier, and the other the route to net zero carbon. During both webinars you’ll get practical tips to take away to put into action from our client’s and special guests.

Plus, we’re delighted to introduce our latest new starter, Kalyani Koul, Senior Consultant.

I hope you enjoy the information provided in this newsletter. But as ever, if my team or I can help you in anyway do please get in touch.



John O’Brien

Founder and MD

How our Thrive service improves your workplace performance and productivity

All buildings should be a joy to work in. As we spend most of our lives in buildings, they need to work for us. You may think that your built environments are fit for purpose and they may well be … to a point. But the proof is in the data.

For instance, our Thrive service can improve your workplace performance and productivity by 2-3.5% per annum, reduce your operational costs by 10% and energy use by 15%. If you would like to explore how to improve your workplace performance, reduce your operating costs, energy use and carbon emissions, do get in touch. We’re here to help you develop a lower-cost, highly productive working environment.

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On Thursday 25 February at 11am, do join our discussion on how to make existing buildings healthier to work in. Our panel of guests will include:

  • Asif Din, Sustainability Director at Perkins & Will, a global architecture practice. Asif is an Architect with over 20 years’ experience in delivering Zero Carbon design projects. Notably BedZED and Jubilee Wharf in Penryn, Cornwall.
  • Joanna Watchman, Founder of Work in Mind, which is the world’s only content resource dedicated to driving awareness of how to create better, healthier buildings that support physical and mental health.
  • Professor Tim Vorley, Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Oxford Brookes Business School and the VCG lead for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise. An active researcher, Tim currently leads the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)/Innovate UK-funded Innovation Caucus and is Co-Director of the ESRC-funded Productivity Insights Network, as well as partnering on several projects under the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
  • Nick Turner, Global Head of FM and H&S at HSBC, an international bank with around 7,500 offices in over 80 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa. Nick oversees the facilities management for the global real estate portfolio.


March Webinar – The route to Net Zero Carbon

The UK Government have committed to reach a net zero carbon target by 2050. This will impact every one of us over the coming years, as we have to change the way we live and work. During the webinar we’ll examine the policy framework and route to net zero carbon within the UK for organisations and businesses and give you practical tips on how to prepare for and start your net zero carbon journey.

If you’d like to learn more about reducing energy and carbon emissions, please join us on 25th March for our free webinar. We’ll be discussing how to achieve net zero carbon with a number of special guests, including Sam Thomas, Climate Action Officer from Cherwell District Council and Keeran Jugdoyal, Public Sector Decarbonisation lead from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.


LCMB welcomes a new member of Staff

Kalyani Koul joined LCMB as Senior Consultant in January. Kalyani joins us to project manage our Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Innovate UK and The University of Reading to improve the functionality of our Thrive workplace optimisation software platform.

Kalyani’s background is in artificial intelligence and machine learning, working with Microsoft before joining LCMB. Kalyani has a MSc (Hons) Computer Science and MSc (Hons) Business Digital Innovation from Henley Business School.

“I am delighted to welcome Kalyani to LCMB. She will build on our research and development of the last few years and help us improve the health, wellbeing, performance and productivity of our client workplaces, buildings and estates.” John O’Brien Founder and MD

Kaylani Kour


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 722823  [email protected] to discuss how the LCMB accelerated ROI audit can improve your organisation performance and return on investment.

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