What we do

Sustainability aims to ensure a balanced relationship between the availability, conservation and protection of natural resources against the need for human consumption and economic benefits. Recent history has demonstrated that there is an increasing disconnect between society’s consumption of natural resources and the ability of our ecological and environmental systems to replenish themselves.

YardNine is committed to delivering positive changes as part of the design and construction process with sustainability considered a key focus area from the outset of projects. To achieve truly sustainable development there are a range of different areas that require addressing to ensure its successful realisation. In response to this, our approach to sustainability has been based around the following core themes of; Circular economy, energy, well-being, biodiversity, water resources, ethical supply chain and low carbon transport.

These themes provide a policy framework to help us develop a scheme from the feasibility stage to a fully operational building with a focus on where the most benefit can be achieved across the project. For each of the core themes overarching objectives are set to address the key issues and challenges raised for these topics. These are supported by targets based on the implementation of best practice measures and benchmark analysis. Progress against these objectives and targets provides an indication of the success of the implementation of the sustainability measures embedded as part of the design and construction process.

Our core sustainabilty themes

  • Circular Economy

  • Biodiversity

  • Water Resources

  • Ethical Supply Chain

  • Low Carbon Transport

  • Well-Being

  • Energy


In addition to these core themes our projects also aim to communicate the building environmental performance through recognised assessments and frameworks. YardNine has experience in delivering various accreditations.

  • Breeam


    It is the world’s first and leading sustainability assessment and certification scheme for the built environment. It assesses, encourages and rewards environmental, social and economic sustainability throughout the built environment.

  • Smart Score

    Smart Score

    An assessment methodology of in-building technology which champions cutting edge technology in real estate. Providing a global standard, it identifies smart buildings that deliver an exceptional user experience, meet high standards of sustainability and are fully future-proof. Our Fetter Lane project was the first central London building to register on this scheme.

  • Wired Score

    Wired Score

    A digital connectivity rating scheme, working with landlords to assess, improve and benchmark their buildings. WiredScore Platinum standard has been achieved at 80 Fenchurch and One Bedford Avenue.

  • Leed


    Is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building types, LEED provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership. Our St James’s Square project was the first certified as LEED “Platinum” in Central London..

  • Leti


    The London Energy Transformation Initiative – established by built environment professionals provides evidence-based guidance and recommendations to support the transition of the capital’s built environment to net zero carbon. Where possible, YardNine aims to met these recommendations on our developments.

  • Nabers


    NABERS (which stands for the National Australian Built Environment Rating System) provides simple, reliable, and comparable sustainability measurement you can trust across building sectors like hotels, shopping centres, apartments, offices, data centres, and more. Their rating system has driven financial growth and solid returns in portfolios across building sectors. It has directed corporate procurement by clearly demonstrating their operational performance and sustainability achievements. A NABERS rating helps you to accurately measure, understand, and communicate the environmental performance of your building while identifying areas for cost savings and future improvements. NABERS provides a rating from one to six stars for buildings efficiency across: Energy, Water, Waste and indoor environment. This helps building owners to understand their building’s performance versus other similar buildings, providing a benchmark for progress.

  • Well Building Standard

    Well Building Standard

    A recognised standard based on the achievement of performance requirements, operational protocols and policies aimed at delivering spaces that enhance human health and well-being. The Development aspires to deliver a WELL ‘enabled’ building ensuring that the mandatory requirements relating to the building design and construction have been met along with a significant number of optional criteria. This allows future occupiers to seek full certification up to a WELL Platinum rating with their fit-out design, and internal policies and initiatives.