Human-Centric Metrics in Sustainability: What can EVORA do for our people and communities?

By Lucy Curtis and Emily Day

Over a year has passed since the pandemic hit the UK and our workplaces changed dramatically. Increased homeworking has led to a heightened consciousness of the social impact that EVORA, as a company, can have on its people.

The past year has given us countless reasons for our health and wellbeing scales to tip off-balance. We have lost the regular exercise during our daily commute, have been torn away from our emotional support circles and are at a greater risk of anxiety, stress and depression than ever before. Before the pandemic, we would typically spend 90% of our time indoors and staggering 9.5 hours a day sat down. You can only imagine how these figures have increased since Lockdown #1. It’s become ever more important to stay on top of our fitness, our diets and our mindfulness during these tough times to ensure our physical health, mental health and emotional wellbeing endures the long journey back to normality.

That’s why EVORA staff chose to tackle the Feeling Fab in February Challenges. Over the course of 28 days, our staff pushed themselves to do heart-pumping exercise, get the nutritional benefit from switching to plant-based diets and practicing mindfulness.

Assigning metrics to social impact

Measuring and monitoring impact is key to implementing meaningful programmes. Demonstrating additionality – that you have meaningfully added to the lives of individuals – is arguably the most important aspect of human-centric sustainability reporting. EVORA have used some of our own activities to model reporting examples below.

Wellbeing Uplift

Through a month of activity (and nothing less than a bit of healthy competition), Feeling Fab in February encouraged our team to take part in a month of fitness, carbon-conscious eating and mindfulness. Together, and in only one month, we managed to achieve:

  • +148 additional mindfulness or meditation sessions
  • +88 additional workouts than we would have done
  • +84 additional days without meat or dairy than usual

‘’Fab February made me reflect on my current habits and encouraged me to make healthy changes to my daily routines!’’

EVORA employee

Our team felt the mental and physical benefits, as well as the benefits to social cohesion at a time when it’s easy to feel disconnected from colleagues. We are now looking for the next challenge to promote healthy habits in our home-working and beyond as we look to return to the ‘new normal’.

Social Value

We are very proud to announce that EVORA has achieved Planet Mark certification for the 7th year running. The Planet Mark is an internationally recognised certification based on sustainability standards and its mission is to help us all contribute to a thriving planet as a collective force. The certification represents an organisation’s commitment to sustainability programmes to actively reduce environmental and social harm. 

For the past two years, we have also measured our social value contribution. Social value, by definition, is the net social and environmental benefit generated to society by an organisation, expressed in ‘£’. In 2019, EVORA generated £454,644 in social value. This includes over £400,000 through actions relating to the people in our organisation and supply chain, as well as money and time donated to charitable organisations, and reducing our carbon footprint through commutes.

In 2020, EVORA generated £61,197 in social value. This has been through actions relating to the people in our organisation and supply chain, as well as money and time donated to charitable organisations, and reducing our carbon footprint through commutes.

Visit our Health & Wellbeing webpage to see the healthy building services we offer at EVORA.

EVORA Global strengthens its presence in Europe with new operations in Iberia

Sustainability in real estate across Europe has been given a boost following the announcement of a partnership between EVORA and INERIA.

EVORA Global is delighted to announce their partnership with INERIA Management, a specialist, real estate ESG consultancy offering a wide range of advisory and technical services to the property investment market, with operations in Spain and Portugal.

With EVORA’s offices in the UK, Italy and Germany, and the complementary services offered by both companies, there is a natural synergy in providing combined services for real estate clients across Europe.

The collaboration is a result of EVORA and INERIA working successfully on joint client projects providing high-value ESG consultancy services such as portfolio-wide ESG strategies, asset level audits and net zero analysis, and reporting and disclosure across Europe.

The strategic partnership further strengthens EVORA’s global growth plans whilst increasing the evolution and adoption of real estate sustainability across Europe.

Philippa Gill, EVORA Director of Europe said of the partnership:

“We have already been working closely with INERIA across the spectrum of ESG within real estate, and this partnership is a natural evolution of our joint mission to drive ESG faster and further across the life cycle of the built environment.  They share our values, and focus on excellence, and we look forward to continuing this journey together.”

Jose Titos Sola, INERIA Managing Director:

“We are proud to work jointly with a leading pan-European ESG company like EVORA. We are convinced that with this partnership we will be able to help the leading real estate companies in the Iberian market to adopt, implement, certify and report the highest ESG standards at a European and global level.”

To find out how EVORA and INERIA’s partnership can help you to create more sustainable buildings and communities, please contact us today.

EVORA Global announces the hire of Ayosha Orth as Associate Director – SIERA Business Development, to further drive its expansion across Europe

EVORA Global is delighted to announce the hire of Ayosha Orth as Associate Director, SIERA Business Development. Ayosha joins EVORA Global in a pivotal year for ESG, and for EVORA, in which we celebrate our tenth year of business.

Ayosha will work closely with EVORA’s management board, the SIERA software business and the European consultancy teams to support and improve customer needs through technology enabled consultancy services and leading software products. Ayosha has a strong real estate background, especially in DACH and southern Europe, having worked for many years in the field of business development and ESG data management, most recently as Senior Business Development Manager for Measurabl. Ayosha’s multilingual skills, practical approach and understanding of Europe’s real estate investment managers’ needs, means he is a great fit for EVORA’s further expansion plans across Europe.

“I strongly believe that investing in real estate has changed for good and ESG has become part of the zeitgeist. Europe’s real estate investment managers are looking for the successful combination of innovative and tailored ESG solutions both on software and consultancy basis to deliver net-zero goals and integrate climate risk mitigation measurements into their real estate life cycle. EVORA Global successfully provides exactly those tools to meet and exceed customer specific needs. I am thrilled to be joining the most integrated and purpose-led sustainability consultancy in real estate at such a significant time.”

Ayosha Orth, Associate Director

“We are delighted to welcome Ayosha to the EVORA team. With ESG rapidly accelerating up the priority list for real estate investment, Ayosha, with his unique mix of real estate and ESG experience, paired with EVORA’s leading combination of ESG consultancy and software, provides the perfect pairing to support the market navigate through this complex and exciting agenda.”

Chris Bennett, Managing Director

EVORA Global leads HECF to winning coveted ESG award

EVORA is delighted to have supported our long-standing client Hines European Core Fund (HECF) in helping them win the 2021 PREA Real Estate Investment Management ESG award, beating 59 other Funds to the prestigious title.

The awards recognise PREA members at the forefront of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues within real estate investing and provides the industry with examples of best practices.

EVORA works closely with HECF to define and develop their sustainability vision across a diverse range of buildings throughout Europe. With a current AUM of over €2 billion spanning 30 assets, HECF has investments in 15 cities across nine countries.

Testament to EVORA’s depth of knowledge and experience in ESG strategy development, complemented by HECF’s commitment to sustainable investing, the Fund was able to commit to the following ongoing actions.

  • Utility data collection program in order to understand, monitor and optimise building operations.
  • Maintain 100% green building certification coverage (many of which are BREEAM In Use assessments conducted by EVORA).
  • 100% landlord-procured renewable electricity (backed by guarantees of origin)
  • Science-based target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 42% by 2025, and 60% by 2030 across the portfolio, against a 2018 baseline.
  • Net Zero by 2030 for landlord-controlled emissions.
  • On-site renewable solar thermal panels providing hot water at two assets – Caleido in Stuttgart and Via Crespi in Milan.
  • Numerous tenant and community engagement programmes and initiatives.

“Yet another one for HECF’s trophy cabinet! And once again we are proud and grateful to have played a key role in both strategy and delivery. Particular thanks on the EVORA side go to programme lead and Managing Consultant Sarah Harvey who’s rock-solid project management and technical skills were both critical ingredients to this success. Also, thanks to our team of software developers – led by Sonny Masero and Nick Hogg – whose routine enhancements to SIERA keep extending our reach and impact”.

Oliver Pye, Director

EVORA Global welcomes Verena Lücking to the Germany Team

Following the successful launch of our German business at the end of December, we are delighted that Verena Lücking has decided to join our team as a Senior Consultant and support us in our mission to make the building sector more productive, profitable and sustainable.

As an architect and REAP expert, Verena has in-depth knowledge in real estate design and consulting and strengthens our expert teams especially in the areas of circular economy and ESG-based strategies at building and portfolio level as well as social value.

“The coming years are not only crucial for addressing our climate challenges, but also a great opportunity to take our cities, livelihoods and lifestyles to a new quality within planetary boundaries. For this sustainable development, which is now in our hands, the built environment is an essential factor. I am very much looking forward to contributing to this significant period of time and can’t wait to see the result.”

Verena Lücking

Thanks to our talented and highly motivated employees like Verena, we are able to realise our international growth strategy and tackle emerging challenges such as TCFD, taxonomy and zero carbon targets with and for our customers.

Welcome to our EVORA family, Verena!

EVORA Staff Benefits: living our Values

EVORA strives to be an open-minded, culture-driven company that really believes in our people, individually and collectively. Over the years, we have built a team of like-minded colleagues and it is fair to say, our people really are at the heart of everything we do and achieve.

Over the past 36 months our niche team has tripled and we now have 41 full-time staff. We have taken additional space in our fantastic offices in London out for more on that, coming soon!) as well as new office space across the country to accommodate growth in Bolton, our engineering team in Shrewsbury, the software team in Birmingham and the finance team in Farnham!

As we have grown, we have not compromised on our culture and values. Maintaining an environment that is supportive and inclusive and provides the flexibility that allows the team to work in a healthy, balanced workplace has been key. Following on from a consultation with the whole team last year, we are excited to launch our enhanced staff benefits for all staff which includes:

  • Increased pension contribution – EVORA match contributions up to a maximum of 10% dependent on seniority
  • Increased holiday allowance – from a base of 25 days, staff will accrue an extra days holiday for each year served up to 30 days
  • Sabbatical – After 3 years of continuous service, staff will be given an additional 5 days holiday and the ability to take a month’s sabbatical
  • Flexible working – Staff now have the ability to work flexibly, both in relation to home working and flexible hours.
  • Maternity package – we now have a generous maternity package
  • Healthcare – comprehensive private Healthcare with loads of benefits is now in place
  • Bonding with nature – All staff are now given a plant to adopt and care for, in a bid to improve our indoor air quality
  • FUN – we have provided a games console in our London HQ and also provided board games for staff to use during their lunch or after work

This is all in addition to the many benefits we already have in place.

They say that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. We believe that by consulting with our staff, and providing them with an environment in which they thrive, we build a strong team, which delivers value to our clients.

Watch our video to find out more about the team!

We are always on the lookout for outstanding individuals. You can learn more about what it’s like to work for EVORA on our Jobs Page and find details of our current vacancies.

EVORA set to expand consultancy team after annual promotions

The EVORA team is growing rapidly in response to huge market demand for sustainability consultancy services and a number of great client wins.

Here at EVORA, we pride ourselves on building a positive, like-minded team of experts, and providing them with training and progression opportunities which enables us to deliver value to our clients.

I am pleased to announce, following our annual review process, that several staff have been given promotions.

This really is testament to the enormous amount of talent we have in-house, and our dedicated and hard-working team. We also announced recently that Louise Russell has been promoted to Associate Director.

If you’d like to join the EVORA team, you can find out more about working with us, and see our current vacancies on our Jobs page.

EVORA appoints new Associate Director

I am delighted to announce that Louise Russell has been promoted to Associate Director.

Louise is EVORA’s longest serving employee and we couldn’t be more thrilled to offer her this opportunity as Associate Director in recognition of her hard work. She was our first Junior Consultant when Chris, Paul and I started the company six years ago and over that time, has worked her way through the ranks and developed her skills and knowledge.

Louise delivers invaluable support to several of our clients, including L&G, Schroder’s, EQT and more. She will now join the Senior Management Team to provide further strategic direction to the business.

Louise said “It has been really exciting to watch the company grow and for me personally to be a part of it. Despite our growth we have still maintained the same values that attracted me in the beginning. The drive for sustainability in the built environment continues to evolve, but I feel EVORA is ideally placed to spearhead the conversation.”

Find out more about Louise here.

If you would like to join EVORA, you can find out more about working with us and our current vacancies on our careers page.

EVORA revealed as finalists in Edie’s Sustainability Leaders Awards

In EVORA’s first year of entering, we are thrilled to be finalists in three categories for the Edie Sustainability Leaders Awards 2019.

We are proud to be finalists in the ‘Consultancy of the Year’ category, along with a number of other outstanding organisations and we also made the list of finalists for the ‘Energy Efficiency’ category with our client Schroder Real Estate Investment Management.

Our Founder and Managing Director, Chris Bennett is also one of the finalists for ‘Energy Management Leader of the Year’ and will be presenting to the panel of judges later in the year.

Chris said, “This is an amazing accomplishment for EVORA. We have doubled in size over the last year and have built a really forward-thinking team, we’re also very fortunate to be working with some great clients. It’s wonderful to be recognised for the work that we are doing in the real estate sustainability sector and we have some really exciting plans on the horizon.”

The team looks forward to meeting fellow finalists and judges at the awards ceremony on 6 February.

There were a record-breaking number of entries this year for the awards, which have undergone a major revamp, with a new judging panel and additional new categories for 2019. The awards are a celebration of organisations who are embedding sustainability in their operations, business models and products, the winners are in the vanguard of sustainability and are driving demonstrable results through innovation, engagement and a commitment to doing business better.

You can find the full shortlist here.

EVORA’s Associate Director, Oli Pye, selected to join WELL Portfolio Advisory

Oli Pye, Associate Director has been invited by the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) to be part of the 2018-2019 WELL Portfolio advisory.

Oli joins a select group of leading industry professionals who will guide the continuous evolution of the WELL Portfolio Pathway pilot, a new streamlined pathway for WELL Certification for multiple new or existing buildings and tenant spaces in a single portfolio.

Being released as part of the WELL v2 pilot, the latest iteration of the WELL Building Standard (WELL), WELL Portfolio is part of a suite of enhancements to WELL that addresses growing demand across the building industry for a program that helps owners, developers and tenants streamline and scale health and wellness upgrades to their real estate assets.

“Since we launched WELL, we’ve seen an explosion of interest from global companies to bring the same health and wellness benefits across their portfolios,” said IWBI Chairman and CEO Rick Fedrizzi. “The commitment of our early adopters who are now sharing their knowledge in this advisory role is what will make this process realizable for more companies and positively impact more people in every corner of the globe.”

The WELL Portfolio advisory includes a collection of professionals, practitioners and experts across a range of industries and sectors who will help shape and advance the implementation of the WELL Portfolio program.

Advisors will work with IWBI throughout the year to help ensure that WELL Portfolio continues to align with the latest industry research, meets user needs and raises the bar for healthy, high-performing buildings around the world.

Oli said, “I’m delighted to have been invited onto the panel with my fellow WELL Portfolio Advisors and I’m looking forward to supporting the programme.”

You can read more here.