GRI launches global sustainability reporting guidelines for buildings
Green building news – by GreenWise staff
22nd September 2011
Companies operating in the built environment are being told they will be able to measure their green performance more effectively than ever before with the launch of new international guidelines on sustainability reporting.
The Global Reporting Initiative
(GRI), which provides an international and standardised sustainability reporting framework
for organisations, will announce today the launch of a new version of its reporting framework tailored to the built environment
. Called the GRI Construction and Real Estate Supplement
(GRI CRESS), the framework offers reporting across a range of sustainability issues connected to buildings
, including carbon emissions, water use and sub-contracted labour. It has been produced in consulation with industry bodies the British Property Federation (BPF), Hermes Real Estate Investment Management Limited (HREIML) and the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC), following calls from the property and construction sectors for a sector specific reporting framework.
"Feedback from our members suggested that the built environment sector needed dedicated guidance on sustainability reporting in order to measure their organisational performance effectively," said Paul King, ceo of UK-GBC. "GRI CRESS’s […] launch can be seen as a positive step encouraging the built environment to measure and report organisational performance across a range of sustainability metrics."
Tatiana Bosteels, head of Responsible Property Investment at HREIML added: "The creation of global guidelines and performance indicators will not only simplify the reporting process, but will support comparability of the sustainability benchmarks, surveys, and initiatives currently being developed."
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