Real Estate Sustainability Newsletter - April 2017

Welcome to our Real Estate Sustainability Newsletter #21.

The real estate industry and, implicitly, the green building sector, is undergoing significant change, with stakeholders becoming increasingly concerned with long-term disrupting trends related to demography, technology advancements and customers' behavioural shifts. We also see innovative solutions for energy-efficient buildings and an increased focus on sustainability contaminating emerging countries.

In this number you can read about smart cities changing the world and technologies changing how we use buildings, somehow in anticipation of the LuxReal Forum taking place on 3 May in Luxembourg.  And since everything turns around change and transformation, we also look at the potential evolution of environmental certifications in the future.

Investors, developers and building managers face new market realities and the growing trend in commercial real estate certifications shows their willingness to gear up and preserve their assets' appreciation over time.

Despite policy efforts to move European countries towards smarter buildings and smarter cities, there's still room for improvement. Luxembourg is, however, on the good track, at least in terms of certifications, as the April PwC Quarterly Barometer - Green Buildings in Luxembourg shows.

The July issue of our Newsletter will mark the beginning of a new era, so stay tuned!  

Enjoy your reading!

Green News from the World

Milestone: Over 1,000 LEED projects in China

China's efforts to move towards a more sustainable economy are also visible in the building sector, with over 1,000 LEED-certified commercial projects, as announced by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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US: PlanIT Impact has launched a scoring tool for smart cities

The new smart modelling platform for cities allows architects, engineers and buildings measure their buildings' performance right from the design phase, in an affordable manner, according to its creators.

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Wal-Mart takes the lead on energy storage

The world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart, has teamed up with Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) to bring batteries and grid flexibility to its stores.

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Sustainable buildings: Technology is a game changer

Technology is a catalyst for many and varied changes, especially on the demand side. Fortunately, it also creates the means to meet all these new demands.

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Smart cities that change the world: Melbourne, Barcelona, San Francisco

For Chris Vein, from PwC Australia, there are three main elements that make a city "smart".

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Green and Smart Buildings

Passive House: the solution for high-rise, energy efficient buildings

A sustainable and cost-effective solution for nearly-zero energy building, Passive House have greatly evolved in the past years.

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What could future certification standards look like?

In his book "FutuREstorative, Working Towards a New Sustainability," Martin Brown makes the case for a new approach on sustainable building standards - rather than seeing them as a benefit, we should see them as the norm.

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European shopping centres aim at more sustainability

As the shopping centre built areas keep increasing every year, the European Shopping Centre Development Report shows that the interest for more sustainable buildings is also in an ascending trend.

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A Danish school has the world's largest solar panel facade

12,000 solar glass panels covering a surface of 6,048 m2 make the Copenhagen International School's the building with the largest solar facade in the world.

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Reports and surveys

Emerging Trends in Real Estate® Europe 2017: New market realities

Concerns around social issues and political instability cloud the outlook for Europe in 2017, while technology keeps changing the way we live and how we do business.

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EU: Member states still far from smart buildings transition

The Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) has just published a report analysing the readiness of EU member states to transition to developing smart buildings.

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Environmental certification in the commercial real estate market

A joint research from University of Southern California and the Maastricht University looks at the diffusion of environmental certification in the real estate market, with a focus on the adoption and financial implications of certification in the commercial field.

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2017 ESG trends to watch

MSCI have recently published the six top trends to watch in 2017 in terms of ESG factors.

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Events and Awards

World Efficiency Summit (Paris)

The annual World Efficiency Summit, part of the World Efficiency Solutions event, will take place at the Porte De Versailles in Paris, on 17-19 October 2017.

The World Efficiency Summit - developed and curated in partnership with World Climate Ltd, will gather over 2,000 key stakeholders to encourage business leadership for the green and circular economy, foster strategic innovation and lay the groundwork for the mainstreaming of low-carbon and resource-efficient solutions through new projects, policies and business models.

Read more and register for the event here

GRESB-Siemens Spring Conference (London)

GRESB and Siemens get together for their first annual full day conference on sustainability innovations for real assets in London, on 4 May.

The event will explore themes of climate risk and resilience, how the most innovative ESG solutions are addressing climate change mitigation, and provide an in depth look into the impact that cutting edge technology, digitalisation and analytics are having on the real estate industry.

Hot topics on the agenda: ESG solutions in real estate, Internet of Things for buildings and climate risks and resilience.

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Amaury Evrard

Real Estate Leader, PwC Luxembourg

Tel: +352 49 48 48 2106

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