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Leaders launches first sustainable office 

Leaders’ Lettings Agents has launched its new sustainable office in Aylesbury as part of plans to make the whole brand carbon neutral by 2030.

The Leaders Romans Group (LRG) brand held an event on 23 March for local clients, local businesses and staff.

Attendees discussed the sustainability detail behind the refurbishment and gained advice on making properties more eco-friendly and sustainable.


Leader’s commissioned green office and retail design consultants Jackson Associates to completely refurbish and design the Aylesbury office to its new green principles.

The event saw the official unveiling of the branch's new sustainable fit-out, fully powered by renewable green energy. Low-flow taps save up to 50% of water consumption, and low-VOC paints release less gas than traditional paints. 

All 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% recyclable and rated A+. Solar film lines the high-street-facing windows to reflect heat out of the branch and lowers the need for electricity. Every element of the re-fit has been produced locally to Aylesbury or in the UK to reduce transport emissions and to support local businesses.

By 2030 all of the Leaders branches will be re-fitted to the new sustainable principles, with these principles also being rolled out to all of the brands in the LRG’s commitment to being carbon neutral by 2030.

The LRG 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, said:  "It was brilliant to welcome so many people to the event. 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.”

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    Well done Leaders on taking such care in their recent fit-out. They may now want to commission a new commercial EPC for 8 Buckingham Street, Aylesbury HP20 2LD. On the national EPC database - epcregister . com - the current EPC is a Grade C, which means its NOT MEES 2030 Compliant. The EPC, prepared in 2016, also states that this retail unit burns gas for winter heating which is far from being sustainable due to the amount of CO2 pollution it creates. I'm sure Leaders have fixed these problems and a quick DRAFT commercial EPC will tell them. Would be great to see that EPC move up to a Grade B or even Grade A. Then they can Lodge it for the next 10 years on the national database and proudly stick up a copy of the new certificate in their office. This is what other commercial landlords and tenants are now doing all over the UK. Leaders - go for it.


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