RE[act] Green Building

Demonstrating the value of a green city built environment.

Our story

By Chris McCracken, Linen Quarter BID

The Linen Quarter BID (LQ BID) is an independent not for profit company that focuses on delivering specific improvements based in Belfast city centre, Northern Ireland. The LQ BID was elected in 2018 and represents around 400 member organisations across various sectors, namely hospitality, professional services, and public sector.

In Sept 2021 LQ BID launched Northern Ireland's first sustainable district, with a series of ten initiatives that seeks to make the Linen Quarter the most sustainable business area in the region.

RE[act] featured 30 unique events between 2 – 14 November 2021. RE[act] was a completely new Northern Ireland festival, that sought to inspire - and lead – a more sustainable Belfast (and Northern Ireland). It took place at the same time as COP26, and was aligned with the global conference's daily themes, to help integrate Northern Ireland into the global conversation.

The RE[act] festival was the largest strategic COP26 event in Northern Ireland.

This event showcased a green building report commissioned by the Linen Quarter BID that illustrated the practical and commercial benefits arriving from moving towards a sustainable built environment.

The launch of our green building report on Bedford House (a nine-story tower block) in Belfast city centre highlights their sustainable journey and what more can be achieved. The report highlights how we can retrofit similar buildings across Belfast to help create a more sustainable city.

It considered related issues such as tenant requirements, circular fit out, and supply chains and offers others a template to help them on their own journey towards becoming more sustainable, efficient, and profitable.

During the event the business audience heard from the report's authors and invited speakers on the benefit of sustainable buildings and offered attendees the opportunity to the ask questions during a Q&A session.

The event concluded with a PwC presentation to highlight sustainable developments in the heart of the city - followed by a Q&A session.

Our advice

It has become clear in Belfast's transition to a sustainable city that the built environment at our centre plays an important role in the future growth of the region, the success of its business and the creation of future jobs and opportunities.

The RE[act] team wanted to illustrate in a very practical way the 'true' commercial and social benefits of a green built environment - starting with our city offices. We commissioned a short illustrative report on one of Belfast's land marked office blocks - Bedford House.

The concept behind the visual report was to illustrate to other office block owners and tenants the environmental and social benefit and returns - for them as businesses and the communities in which they are situated. We wanted to produce a document - with enough detailed evidence to offer credibility while being accessible to others to follow in the city. We achieved both.

The report was launched with its authors at our sustainability business breakfast as part of the RE[act] festival - overlooking the building featured in the report.

Post event and report feedback has been very positive. We would recommend that other cities/regions do the same - take one well known city office block - and use it as a credible case study example to show the benefits arriving from not only supporting green office space but wider returns coming from the transition towards a sustainable city.

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