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Welcome to May’s Building Performance Insights.

This month we feature the first installment of Ask Our Experts: you ask us any building or real estate problem that’s bugging you, we get back to you within 48 hours with a solution. This month’s question is: “Should I plan for my buildings and estate to be net zero carbon, if so, over what timescale?”
Ask your question and win a bottle of champagne. Test us, go on!

I can’t over-emphasise the huge productivity benefits companies get from relatively straightforward tweaks to the working environment, so I’ve put together 7 Tips to supercharge your workplace. We also give you a brand new case study documenting how we improved the working environment at the London HQ of Havas, the global media company.

There’s more on ESOS, because it’s more than just a compliance hurdle. We’ve written what the government hasn’t told you about ESOS.

And Rudi and myself are busy putting ourselves out there to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support for our own personal reasons. More about our endeavours below.

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]


Ask Our Experts…

This month we were asked:
Should I be planning for my buildings and estate to be net zero carbon, and if so, over what timescale? (Name withheld by request)

Our answer: Thank you for your very interesting question! Zero carbon isn’t quite upon us, but the UK socio-economic climate is showing more interest, and the political, legislative and regulatory environment are very likely to force UK public and private sector organisations to zero carbon.

Several UK cities and large scale organisations have already committed to zero carbon operational performance for between 2025 and 2040….

Read our full answer here

Share your problems, win champagne.

We’re kicking open the doors with 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!


7 tips for a supercharged workplace

Workplace optimisation is now mainstream. We cut through the noise and give 7 clear steps to improve your workplace and your people’s performance as a result.

1. Seek feedback from staff
2. Identify other key stakeholders and get their feedback too
3. Use data that helps critically appraise building performance
4. Review data and feedback, identify what other data you need, and collect
5. Forensically review data to identify improvements
6. Trial your projects
7. Implement and monitor your projects.

Get the free short guide here 

Spotlight Case Study

How we optimised Havas’ London HQ

LCMB worked with Havas, the global media company and their landlord to review and optimise their new London HQ which houses 1,700 staff.

Havas see their HQ as a source of competitive advantage – a workplace that attracts, retains and gets the best from their talent to help them succeed in the competitive media and music industries.


Havas recognised that the workplace environment influences people’s performance and wellbeing, and wanted to explore ways to improve staff productivity, satisfaction and retention, and reduce staff under-performance and attrition.

They recognise that optimising their workplace and buildings to improve staff productivity delivers a significant ROI because of the low cost of these interventions compared to staff costs.

LCMB were asked to review the performance of Havas’ new building and identify measures to improve and optimise its performance.

Approach and result

We captured feedback from team managers, surveyed staff and reviewed the building plant and operations to identify areas for improvement.

We also installed Internet of Things (IOT) devices to collect indoor environmental data such as temperature, humidity levels and air quality to validate the performance of their workplace. We mined this and the other available building data to quantify current performance.

As a result we identified cost effective ways to optimise Havas’ workplace, and quantify the benefits.

To find out more, download our comprehensive guide by clicking the button below.

Get the guide on workplace optimisation


Esos – What the Goverment isn’t telling you

ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme) is now in its second phase, with qualifying companies being required to register their ESOS status and certification with the government by 5th December 2019.

Typically, is the go-to location for information about government-related schemes, policies and legislation. It’s very good for the facts, but if you were looking for the bigger picture, you’d be looking in the wrong place.

Read our full article here


LCMB news

Raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support

Earlier this month, Rudi walked 45 miles along the South Downs Way to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Rudi says:

“In the last year I have lost a very dear friend to cancer and the support she got was immense, it is nice to be able to put a bit back. The walk itself was tough, and I mean TOUGH. The entire route is on rocky paths, which is hell on feet, and there are very few sections where you are not on an incline of some description. That said, the views are spectacular!”

Donate to Macmillan Cancer Support via Rudi’s JustGiving page

Meanwhile, John is training hard for his gruelling 21k swim in Lake Windermere in September. John says:

“One in three of us will suffer from cancer over our lifetime which means pretty much all of us will be impacted directly or indirectly.  Macmillan Cancer Support are there to help everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can, providing physical, financial and emotional support. They do great work supporting cancer sufferers and their families.”

Donate to Macmillan Cancer Support via John’s JustGiving page


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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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