Real Estate Sustainability Newsletter - August 2017

Welcome to our Real Estate Sustainability Newsletter #22.

In this number, we're taking a closer look at what different countries and regions have been recently doing to improve their green buildings policies and enforce their international commitments. We have positive signals coming from US states that are determined to continue their efforts in the domain, despite the federal decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. In Europe, France and Luxembourg  are serious about renovating and retrofitting the existing building stock. You’ll also read about four ambitious European projects that have been awarded during the EU Sustainable Week.

Technology works as an enabler and you’ll see that smart homes have reached a milestone in 2016. Office buildings don’t stay behind, businesses have acknowledged the importance of measuring their buildings’ performance in reducing costs, consumption and emissions. They’re now considering how to deal with the amount of data they collect and use it in their decision-making process, so they set up facility management functions.

I hope you'll enjoy your reading and the summer break!

Pierre Wauthier


Green News from the World

Ambitious green goals for Chinese buildings

As urbanisation intensifies, under pressure from economic and population growth, China could see its buildings account for 40% of its energy consumption by 2025, nearly two times more than in 2011.

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New London Google HQ is a giant green 'landscraper'

With a surface of 300,000 m2, set parallel to the King's Cross railway station, Google's London new headquarters features greenery and energy-efficient systems, including solar panels and smart solar blinds.

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The state of New York upholds the standards set in Paris through its Clean Climate Careers initiative

Following the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement, several pioneer states have announced their intentions to push forward their efforts.

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Four ambitious projects won the EU Sustainable Energy Awards 2017

An EU-wide competition for the best projects driving the energy transition through innovation in citizens' everyday lives has announced its winners on 20 June, in Brussels, during the EU Sustainable Energy Week.

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Green and Smart Buildings

Luxembourg to renovate over 140,000 buildings for energy efficiency

The Government presented its National Strategy for Energy Renovation of Buildings on 10 July 2017, reinforcing its focus on energy retrofitting

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Green buildings or how businesses can support sustainable development

What can companies do to become more sustainable besides recycling paper waste, limiting printing and serving coffee in reusable cups?

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What is the role of green buildings standards in climate change mitigation?

In an interview with Eco-Business, Thomas Auer explained why, in his opinion, building certification has been a great tool to raise awareness and change mindsets, but its future impact on climate change is limited and provides no scope for innovation.

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The facility manager: making green buildings cost efficient

With technology developments and digitalisation, the demand for facility management services will only go up.

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Reports and surveys

France: green building and certification trends in 2017

French people are increasingly interested in sustainable buildings and even cities, shows the Observatoire 2017 recently released by Certivéa.

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WorldGBC: All buildings in the world must be 'net zero carbon' to keep global warming below 2°C

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has recently released a report showing that if countries are serious about keeping global warming below 2C they must make considerable efforts and transform 99% of all existing buildings into ‘net zero carbon' constructions by 2050

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The green building materials market to keep growing globally until 2020

A new Zion Market Research shows that the green building materials market will reach USD 255 billion by 2020, more than double the value it had in 2014.

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Over 30 million smart homes in Europe and North America

2016 is a milestone in the market penetration of smart homes. Europe and North America have passed the cap of 30 million smart homes, shows a report from Berg Insight.

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Events and Awards

FRANCE GRI 2017 (Paris)

France GRI gathers French investors, developers and lenders together for discussions on the French real estate market.

This event is part of the Europe GRI series, enabling stakeholders to interact and engage in a relaxed atmosphere. Identify like-minded peers, build relationships, and continue the conversation afterwards.

Read more and register for the event here

2017 GRESB Real Estate Results Events

GRESB is releasing its 2017 assessment results in London (13 September) and Paris (10 October) to provide the real estate community with insights into the ESG performance of global real estate portfolios.

The event will be an opportunity for real estate stakeholders to meet and discuss the latest trends in sustainability, as well as share best practices and innovative solutions to integrate ESG in real estate investments.

GRESB organises launch events in other cities in Europe and across the world.

Read more and register here

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