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Agency pledge to make branches sustainable by 2030

Leaders lettings agency has launched its new sustainable office in Aylesbury.

The company insists that by 2030 all of its branches will be re-fitted to the new sustainable principles, with these rolled out to all of the brands in the LRG empire as part of its commitment to being carbon neutral. The group also plants a tree for every new property sold or let with them. 

It recently celebrated the planting of 16,000 trees or 16 football pitches. Those trees will sequester at least 35 tonnes of carbon a year which is equivalent to almost 100,000 people breathing in a day.


David Wilson, group chief operating officer for LRG, says:  "LRG is committed to the enhancement of its nationwide high-street branch network, through our approach of combining our excellent understanding of local markets with our national strength.

“The more the world learns about climate change, the more we realise that we all have a part to play in halting the devastating effects it is having on our environment. Tenants expect more sustainability and responsibility from the property services they use and interact with and as an integral part of the local community in each of our nationwide branch network we want to play our part in delivering the UK’s wider carbon reduction goals.

“Now is the time for the property sector to embrace the next big challenge and step up to help turn the industry green.”

For the Aylesbury branch, Leaders used green office and retail design consultants Jackson Associates to refurbish and design the Aylesbury office to its new green principles. 

It boasts features like low-flow taps save up to 50% of water consumption, and low-VOC paints release less gas than traditional paints. All other fixtures and fittings were chosen to be as environmentally friendly as possible, and all wood was sourced from locally produced FSC-certified wood.

Ceiling tiles are manufactured in the UK using bio-soluble mineral wool, perlite, clay and starch. They are durable, 100 per cent recyclable and rated A+. Solar film lines the street-facing windows to reflect heat out of the branch and lowers the need for electricity. 

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    It seems very strange that Leaders have not updated the commercial EPC for 8 Buckingham Street, Aylesbury HP20 2LD. Especially after they've carried out all this positive re-fit work. Looking at the national database it's still the old EPC, prepared in 2016. The Lodged EPC is not Grade B and therefore this shop is not MEES 2030 Compliant under the Government's proposed regulations. The current EPC states that Leaders Aylesbury shop burns gas for winter heating. Its quite a stretch to call yourself 'carbon neutral' if you are still burning fossil fuels and creating a large amount of CO2 pollution. Commercial landlords and tenants are now rapidly moving over to electric air-con splits (heat pumps) and signing-up for a 100% renewable electricity tariff. This a good route to achieve net-zero carbon emissions in operation. I hope Leaders have done away with the gas at their Aylesbury branch and moved over to just electric air-con splits. It would then make sense to commission an up-to-date EPC and show the world that their EPC is Grade B - MEES 2030 Compliant - and All Electric.


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