Strategy & Policy Development

- Commissioned by the Tourism and Environment Forum, Thirdwave undertook an evaluation of the impact of the Sustainable Tourism Statement on its member's activities. The collation of evidence reflected the different approaches taken by the public, private and voluntary sectors in addressing collective priorities for making Scottish tourism more sustainable.

COUNTRYSIDE COMMISSION FOR WALES- In support of the Countryside Commission for Wales, Thirdwave provided expert peer review of the LANDMAP Extension project, which through the Welsh Assembly TASK ('Towards A Sustainable Knowledge-based region') programme received European Union Innovative Actions funding. LANDMAP is a GIS based environmental performance tool, which through the extension programme was being tested for its suitability in conjunction with social and economic sustainability information.

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD ESTATES DIRECTORATE- Working closely with the University of Oxford Estates Directorate, we are conducting an assessment of how the University is delivering sustainable development across its core activities. The review compares Oxford with other leaders in its peer group, as well as other comparable organisations / businesses operating similar estates. Although focussed on estates and buildings, other core University activities impacting on sustainability are also addressed. Outputs and recommendations, once accepted, will acknowledge strengths to date as well as determining a works programme for improving performance strategically and tactically.

- On behalf of Communities Scotland, Thirdwave devised and created the Guide for Registered Social Landlords on Constructing a Sustainability Policy & Action Plan. This latter took the form of a unique Policy Wizard which has received wide acclaim for its challenging and progressive approach to supporting the implementation of Communities Scotland's SD Policy.

- Thirdwave has written Sustainable Design Guidelines which are expected to form the Supplementary Planning Guidance on Sustainable Development for use by developers making applications for planning permission to The Highland Council. Our multi-disciplinary team has ensured that the Guidance is specifically tailored to address issues arising in the region, and we believe that our consultation with planning officers and other interested parties has resulted in a document that will meet the needs of applicants as well as the Council, while sitting comfortably alongside the policies of relevant government agencies.

- Thirdwave was commissioned by ONE North East to develop a tool for assessing bids for the re-development of Blyth Harbour. Working closely with the local authority sustainable development professionals, Thirdwave developed sustainability criteria and standards for assessing the proposals for the re-development site which is adjacent to the Renewable Energy Centre.

- Working alongside Sistech and Heriot-Watt University, Thirdwave charted the way forward for the Institute of Structural Engineers with the report "The Changing Role of Structural Engineers in Society". Based on extensive consultation with members of the Institute, the report set out the changes and challenges faced by structural engineers, and recommendations as to how members should respond.

- Working with the Environment and Technical Services teams for Scandic Hotels, Thirdwave has authored a Sustainability Framework and approach for the new Design Guide for all future development (2002). This work links the organisational aspirations of Scandic, their principles, objectives and targets with how and what they procure, the standards buildings must achieve, guiding approaches, and identifying where value can be realised by a range of their stakeholders and participants in the delivery process.

- In collaboration with Buro Happold, Thirdwave co-authored "Sustainable Construction Procurement: A guide to delivering environmentally responsible projects published by the Construction Industry Research & Information Association (CIRIA). The Guide offers a wide range of advice for all those concerned with construction at every stage of a project's life-cycle, identifying the key issues, the essential legislation, the most useful guidance and the potential pitfalls. Case studies focus on how clients achieved sustainable outputs and how the construction industry can meet that growing need.

- Ensuring developers deliver the agreed sustainability standards for approved projects can be a huge challenge. As sustainability consultants to the City of Edinburgh Council, Thirdwave established key performance indicators and related targets. In addition to driving more sustainable building, these have led to massive savings in waste reduction (and £) onsite that would otherwise have gone to landfill.

- On behalf of the Ethical Investment Co-operative Scotland, Thirdwave conducted an extensive international study on the application of sustainability are being applied internationally to areas of the financial services industry such as lending, risk assessment, liability, investment patterns and mortgages. Examples of best practice were examined for replicability within both UK and EC marketplaces.

- As part of a long and continuing association since 1998 with Communities Scotland - and its predecessor Scottish Homes - we were first commissioned to develop a set of Sustainability Indicators for the social housing sector and then to develop their Sustainable Development Policy. Thirdwave was responsible - together with colleagues in Heriot-Watt University School of Planning & Housing - for creating the Housing Quality Assessment Program (HQAP). This innovative tool is designed to assist housing associations, their design teams and, ultimately, their tenants in responding to the challenge of sustainability and deriving the full benefits of a sustainable approach to providing housing support for the most vulnerable members of the community.

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