The retail property-focused lab will involve knowledge exchange and seven months of collaborative learning seven to better understand the business case for making retail spaces healthier for shoppers and workers. The previous year’s iteration focused on office spaces.
The other participants in the multidisciplinary initiative are: Carbon Credentials, CETEC, Ellandi, EVORA, Forbo Flooring UK, Hoare Lea, La Salle Investment Management, JLL, John Lewis Partnership, Liverpool ONE, Marks and Spencer, Northern Rail, StudioDS, and Workman.
Each organisation will bring a live property to the lab and the UK-GBC will monitor key indicators in that building such as indoor environmental data, staff and shopper experience, and economic impact. The participants will also receive guidance on data gathering and areas for improvement, and the group will meet regularly to discuss findings during the course of the initiative.
"The Lab will help companies quantify the benefits of healthy shopping and working environments, which can support the business case for developing and occupying more sustainable, healthy retail spaces," says John Alker, campaign and policy director at the UK-GBC. "It will also provide useful and applicable knowledge for us to share with others."