10/12/2020 • Partnerships

The Planet Mark give Mount Anvil the sustainability seal of approval

Hot off the back of our announcement last month about our newly-formed partnership with The Planet Mark, we've wasted no time in cutting straight to the chase: identifying and measuring how and where we can reduce our CO2 levels. Read on to see why The Planet Mark have accredited us with their sustainability seal of approval. Read more below.

Last month we proudly announced that we’d taken the accolade of being the first residential developer to partner with The Planet Mark. Whilst announcing this new partnership was a hugely exciting first step, we’re also the first to recognise that when it comes to positively contributing to the climate crisis today in London, the proof is in the pudding - or, more to the point: the counting is in the CO2.

That’s why we’re doubly delighted to share that we’ve recently become the first residential developer to secure a Planet Mark accreditation for a residential scheme: our Royal Docks West development in London Borough of Newham.

Working closely with our friends at The Planet Mark and Greengage, our Mount Anvil team led by Mike Valmas (Head of Preconstruction, Energy & Sustainability) have successfully measured and calculated the reduction in our whole life carbon footprint of our homes against our own notional baseline by 36%.

36%

reduction in our whole life carbon footprint

21%

reduction in embodied carbon

60%

reduction in operational carbon of our homes

We’ve achieved this reduction thanks to both a reduction in embodied carbon by 21%, as well as a reduction in the operational carbon of our homes by 60%. Embodied carbon savings were made through driving efficient design across our substructure, finishing & superstructure packages of work- including specifying materials, like concrete, with a high recyclable material content. The big improvements in the operational carbon footprint of our homes were largely thanks to a significant improvement in fabric performance that had a big impact on reducing heat losses and the overall efficiency of the heating system.

You might have seen in our post last month  that education is not only a huge part of how we deliver high-performing energy homes, but we see it as being key to delivering whole communities where people can thrive.

Which is why we’re really excited to be delivering a curriculum programme with The Planet Mark’s education partner, The Eden Project. Together we’ll be helping students connect with and understand the importance of nature, with Sam Kendall, Education Manager at The Eden Project, noting:

“The Planet Mark gives the Eden Project a fantastic opportunity to share its aim of connecting people with the living world and each other”

We’re thrilled with our partnership with The Planet Mark and are over the moon to see the real-life impact our work is having on London. We’re looking forward to sharing with you what’s next in this space.

Thanks Mike & team and thanks to The Planet Mark!