Providers of world-class sustainable development consultancy and programme management to Public, Private and Third Sector organisations since 1998.

Simplifying Sustainability

Identifying and delivering sustainable solutions is difficult; breaking new ground, changing expectations and embodying leadership always is. At Thirdwave, our aim is to use our considerable experience and expertise in this area to help you successfully navigate these challenges.

Sustainable Development is about maximising the benefits accruing to and minimising the costs and detrimental impacts associated with strategic and operational choices - what we do, how we do it, who with and for what outcomes.

We know that implementing good sustainable development practices allows organisations to:

  • Proactively minimise risk
  • Enhance the environment
  • Lower costs
  • Increase productivity
  • Improve stakeholder relationship
  • Use resources more efficiently

Each of these elements enables organisations to be more flexible and better prepared for the future. At times the results bring benefits that are multiples of the original investment of time, money and effort. We can help your organisation achieve this.

The Business Case for Sustainability

Founded in 1998, Thirdwave is a progressive company with a highly experienced core team supported by an extensive multi-disciplinary network of associates. We deliver our services through direct consultancy, contracted research, raising awareness, capacity building, decision support software and web-based tools.

We have been instrumental in defining and shaping the sustainability debate.

We work with and for all the major stakeholders including national, regional, local government and Agencies, NGO's, finance / insurance providers, the manufacturing sector, service providers and all sections of the construction industry.

We provide a pragmatic perspective of the sustainability arena and act as an ongoing conduit between different stakeholder groups as appropriate.

High Performance Buildings (HPB)

"Higher and Further Education in the UK can grasp a powerful opportunity to lead by example in delivering High Performance Buildings - or risk losing advantage to an increasingly competitive global market."

Thirdwave, HEEPI and SUST.: The Lighthouse on Sustainability launched two jointly prepared Guides to High Performance Buildings. The guides have been endorsed by AUDE, BUFDG, EAUC, HEFCE and SFC.

Building a Sustainable Legacy: A summary of the two Guides

HPB: The Business Case: Demonstrates the business benefits of such buildings

HPB: The Process of Delivery for Universities and Colleges: A road map for how they can be delivered

""...required reading for anyone making decisions about the academic state.""

Peter Kerr, Director of Estates at Heriot-Watt University and Chair of AUDE


Sustainable Development Guidance for Estate Management

The revised Sustainable Development Guidance for Estate Management has been produced by Thirdwave on behalf of the Scottish Funding Council to provide colleges and universities with a toolkit for incorporating sustainable development into practical, routine facilities management and also for embedding the principles of sustainability in their estate strategies.

Sustainable Development Guidance for Estate Management


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