Students will work in teams to find ways to reduce carbon emissions from existing buildings

Hermes Real Estate and multi-disciplinary design practice, Arup, have launched a competition to inspire students and sustainability experts to bust carbon dioxide emissions from the fund managers’ property portfolio.  

In the Re-Design Challenge, teams will tackle the challenges of refurbishment, building management and use behaviour to develop a plan that can be realistically implemented.

Challenge partners will define a number of scenarios, based on Hermes’ existing assets and the partners’ best practice in a series of workshops discussing how to define a sustainable building and how to deliver improvements.

A jury including Roger Madelin, chief executive of Argent, Peter Rogers, chairman of the UK Green Building Council and Nicky Gavron, chair of the urban planning commission at the London Assembly will judge the Re-Design proposals and select the winning team.

Students will be selected through a separate process and have the chance to win £1,000 on the way to working with the experts. For further details, interested parties should visit: <>

The built environment contributes over half of all carbon dioxide emissions.