The most important trend in CRE for the foreseeable future is the intense focus on sustainability. With the climate crisis looming large and massive growth in urbanization, the real estate businesses that will succeed will be the ones that embrace proptech to maximize building efficiency, optimize resource utilization, and drive sustainability improvements. This truth is reflected over and over in research findings, survey reports, and industry publications, several of which are included in this week’s reading list.

  • Cost And Education Challenge, But Green Buildings Are Here To Stay – Green buildings are viewed as common practice in a recent survey by STO Building Group — not one respondent said the movement is a passing fad.
  • Why green buildings make for better investments – Investing in greener buildings and offices delivers significant financial, environmental and wellbeing returns, argues BNP Paribas Real Estate UK CEO Andy Martin
  • The Democratic Promise of the Internet Is Finally Coming to Building Management – “The internet has accelerated the cycles and made it even easier for informational teams to create. But why only now is this same empowering support network coming to the business of buildings? Joe thinks he has the answer, “New PropTech companies have the ideas of the internet built into their business model and technology is core to their service delivery.”
  • Data driven business models will change the real estate industry – “…the amount of data produced by buildings is increasing exponentially. This data can give real estate market participants (investors, asset managers, property managers, and tenants) a competitive advantage and help them avoid disruption if they use it effectively to develop data-driven services and new business models focused on the specific needs of users, owners, or the property itself.”
  • Getting ahead of the market: How big data is transforming real estate – “Many real estate firms have long made decisions based on a combination of intuition and traditional, retrospective data. Today, a host of new variables make it possible to paint more vivid pictures of a location’s future risks and opportunities.”
  • What is proptech? – To put it simply, it is about more than digital transformation. Proptech can help put purpose, culture shift and customer experience at the heart of the property sector.
  • Seven Challenges for Energy Transformation – Nonprofit clean-energy advocate Rocky Mountain Institute recently launched a new report, Seven Challenges for Energy Transformation, during three connected international events in Delhi, Beijing and New York that convened the world’s leading energy stakeholders and catalysts to kick-start a global effort to accelerate the energy transition and mitigate the climate crisis. Download the report to find out the role urban environments play in the fight against the climate change.
  • The dramatic global rise of urbanization 1950-2020 – “The United Nations cites two intertwined reasons for urbanization: an overall population increase that’s unevenly distributed by region, and an upward trend in people flocking to cities. Since 1950, the world’s urban population has risen almost six-fold, from 751 million to 4.2 billion in 2018.”
  • The Net-Zero Challenge: Global Climate Action at a Crossroads – “Climate change is the single greatest threat that humanity faces. Businesses that don’t take climate action will be punished by their stakeholders as well as by the planet.” according to AlanJope, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever, United Kingdom.

If you’re ready to transform your buildings into the most sustainable, efficient, and profitable they can be, we’re ready to help you on that journey.