Consultant Tuffin Ferraby Taylor (TFT) is teaming up with Slough Estates to introduce a pilot study into the viability of a sustainability programme for refurbishment.

The company plans to extend the programme already being implemented by Slough Estates.

This generates 85% of its electricity from a biomass-fuelled power station. It can provide heat and energy to 450 companies.

TFT, whose managing partner is David Tuffin, president-elect of the RICS, will look at the ways in which sustainability can be introduced into stages of refurbishment.

These include paint systems, the manufacturing and installation of carpets, and the reuse of waste material generated during the refurbishment process.