GRESB News

15 Jul, 2016
New GRESB Members and Partners - July 2016
AEW Global, Transwestern, Verdextra, Healthy Buildings, Morphosis, ​Habitech have joined GRESB as members and partners. Read more...
10 Jun, 2016
GRESB Welcomes New Members and Partners
Radius Group, Hartelt Fund Management, Gaw Capital Partners, Charter Hall Group, Innax Gebouw & Omgeving, Kingsley Associates, Verco and Paia Consulting have joined GRESB as members and partners. Read more...
2 Jun, 2016
GRESB Announces Lonneke Löwik as Head of Operations
GRESB has announced the appointment of Lonneke Löwik as the new Head of Operations and member of the GRESB Management Team. In this new position, Löwik, an experienced executive with an established record in the real asset sector, will oversee GRESB’s business operations and manage GRESB’s growing Amsterdam headquarters. She will help GRESB continue to expand the scope and quality of its assessments for real estate portfolios, real estate debt providers and infrastructure assets. Read more...
20 May, 2016
GRESB Infrastructure Welcomes New Members
Macquarie Group, UBS Asset Management, Catholic Super and Sweco Capital Consultants have joined GRESB Infrastructure as Investor Members. Read more...
1 May, 2016
New GRESB Partner Profiles
GRESB has launched an online Partner Profiles directory, available both on the GRESB Insights and in the GRESB Portal. The directory will facilitate communication and connections between GRESB assessment participants and GRESB partner organizations representing leading service providers, product companies, data providers and industry associations. Read more...
30 Apr, 2016
New GRESB Members and Partners - April 2016
The number of GRESB members and partners continues to grow. Read more about the companies that joined as members in the past month. Read more...
29 Apr, 2016
All GRESB Assessments Available in Spanish
All GRESB Assessments - GRESB Real Estate Assessment, GRESB Developer Assessment, GRESB Debt Assessment and GRESB Infrastructure - Fund Assessment and Asset Assessment are now available in Spanish. They can be found in the Downloads sections on the GRESB website. Read more...
1 Apr, 2016
GRESB Launches 2016 Real Asset Assessments
This year GRESB is expanding its scope to evaluate the sustainability performance of real assets with four distinct assessments - the GRESB Real Estate Assessment, the GRESB Developer Assessment, the GRESB Debt Assessment and the inaugural GRESB Infrastructure Assessment. Read more...
14 Mar, 2016
GRESB Launches Health & Well-being Module for the Real Estate Industry
GRESB has announced the launch of the GRESB Health & Well-being Module, an optional supplement to the GRESB Real Estate Assessment. The new module evaluates and benchmarks actions by property companies and funds to promote the health and well-being of employees and their strategy to create value through products and services that promote health and well-being for their tenants and customers. Read more...
8 Mar, 2016
2016 GRESB Infrastructure Assessment Now Available in Pre-release
The inaugural GRESB Infrastructure Assessment is now available in pre-release via the GRESB website. The GRESB Infrastructure Reference Guide will be available for the launch of the Assessment, which will be open for participation via the GRESB Portal on April 1. Read more...
2 Mar, 2016
2016 GRESB Real Estate Assessment Reference Guide and Developer Assessment Available in Pre-release
The 2016 GRESB Real Estate Assessment and the accompanying Reference Guide are now available! The 2016 GRESB Portal will open for submissions on April 1, 2016. New in 2016... Read more...
17 Feb, 2016
2016 GRESB Debt Assessment Now Available in Pre-release
The 2016 GRESB Debt Assessment is now available in pre-release, in advance of the official launch on April 1. The 2016 Debt Reference Guide will be released on March 15. Read more...
3 Feb, 2016
GRESB Welcomes New Members and Partners
GRESB has welcomed a number of new members and partners. Read more...
29 Jan, 2016
2016 Debt Assessment Pre-release - February 17
The 2016 GRESB Debt Assessment will be pre-released on February 17, and the 2016 Debt Reference Guide will be released on March 15, both in advance of the Debt Assessment launch on April 1. This year, participation will be extended to the wider real estate lending community globally, including banks, life companies, pension funds and mortgage REITs, in addition to real estate debt funds. Read more...
29 Jan, 2016
GRESB Associate Members Are Now GRESB Partners
GRESB Partners are organizations that demonstrate ongoing commitment to industry leadership and contribute to advancing sustainability in the global real estate sector at both the portfolio and property level. As of Jan 1, 2016 the “GRESB Partner” category has expanded to include all existing GRESB Associate Members alongside current Industry Association Partners. Read more...
5 Jan, 2016
New in 2016 - GRESB Health & Well-being Module and Health-focused Industry Working Group
Recognizing health as an emerging source of opportunity and risk, and to better inform investors, GRESB is working together with its stakeholders to develop a supplemental module specific to health and well-being. The GRESB Health & Well-being Module will be released alongside the GRESB Real Estate Assessment on April 1, 2016. Read more...
22 Dec, 2015
Pre-Release of the 2016 GRESB Real Estate Assessment
The pre-release of the 2016 GRESB Real Estate Assessment is now available to help property companies and funds prepare for the 2016 assessment process. The 2016 Assessment is largely consistent with the 2015 Survey. New developments reflect industry trends in ESG in real estate and the results of in-house research, as well as engagement with the real estate industry through the GRESB Advisory Board, Benchmark Committees, and Industry Working Groups. Read more...
5 Nov, 2015
2015 GRESB Debt Survey: Debt Funds Starting to Integrate ESG in Real Estate Lending
GRESB released the outcomes of the 2015 GRESB Debt Fund assessment on November 5. The data and GRESB Debt Report illustrate growing appreciation for the importance of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) information for fixed income investors. Read more...
1 Oct, 2015
2015 GRESB Consultation Period: October 1 – November 13, 2015
The Consultation Period is public and open to all GRESB stakeholders, including participants, members and partners. The goal of the Consultation Period is to collect feedback from 2015 participants and other involved stakeholders on their experience with the GRESB assessment process, the supporting materials and services, and on the delivery of the results and related output materials, such as Scorecards, Benchmark Reports, etc. Read more...
17 Sep, 2015
ABN AMRO to Become First Bank to Use GRESB ESG Data in Real Estate Lending
ABN AMRO will start using sustainability data on property companies and funds in its real estate lending process. GRESB data provides a consistent global sustainability framework for the real estate and infrastructure sectors and has traditionally been used by pension funds and other institutional investors. Read more...
7 Sep, 2015
GRESB Launches Sustainability Benchmark for Infrastructure Investments
A group of global institutional infrastructure investors, including AIMCo, APG, ATP, Aviva Investors, CalPERS, Mirova, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and PGGM, representing US$1.5 trillion, today announced the launch of GRESB Infrastructure, a global sustainability benchmark for infrastructure assets. The new investor-led initiative has partnered with GRESB to develop and establish a consistent global sustainability framework for the infrastructure sector. The assessment will allow more capital to flow into sustainable infrastructure and to raise the level of sustainability of existing infrastructure worldwide. Read more...
2 Sep, 2015
2015 GRESB Results: Global Real Estate Industry Significantly Reduces Carbon Footprint
GRESB released its 2015 data and industry report on September 2. The data and report are based on an assessment of 707 property companies and private equity real estate funds, representing 61,000 assets and USD 2.3 trillion in asset value. The report provides new insights regarding the energy and sustainability performance of the global real estate industry, documenting a 3% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in 2014, a 50% increase in on-site renewable energy generation, and a 19% improvement in overall ESG performance. Read more...
30 Jul, 2015
GRESB Debt Survey Deadline Extended
GRESB has extended the deadline for Debt Survey submissions until August 21. The GRESB Debt Survey opened for responses via the GRESB Portal on May 1. In order to accommodate the full spectrum of fund managers interested in participating, the deadline has been extended by 3 weeks. Read more...
24 Jun, 2015
GRESB Welcomes New Members
Several new members have joined GRESB in recent weeks. Read more...
19 Jun, 2015
Sustainable Buildings Pay off for Real Estate Investors
A new study by the University of Cambridge reveals a strong relationship between the sustainability of buildings and the stock market performance of real estate investment trusts (REITs). The study, commissioned by Carbon War Room and based on GRESB data is titled The Financial Rewards of Sustainability: A Global Performance Study of Real the Estate Investment Trusts. Read more...
3 Jun, 2015
GRESB Introduces Green Bond Guidelines for the Real Estate Sector
GRESB today released Green Bond Guidelines for the Real Estate Sector. The Guidelines complement the Green Bond Principles (GBP) by providing specific real estate and construction sector guidance for capital market participants when originating and/or investing in green bonds. Read more...
2 Jun, 2015
New GRESB Members and Partners
GRESB has welcomed several new Members and Partners in recent weeks. Read more...
20 May, 2015
Updated terms & conditions for GRESB participants.
As of May 20, 2015, GRESB has updated its terms & conditions for all participants in the GRESB Survey. Read more...
4 May, 2015
GRESB Launches Survey for Real Estate Debt Funds
GRESB released the 2015 GRESB Debt Survey on May 4. Serving real estate equity investors with ESG data since its launch in 2009, GRESB will now also assist institutional investors in real estate debt. The debt assessment will apply a standardized reporting framework, enabling investors to extend ESG integration to their real estate debt investments. Read more...
1 May, 2015
New Members and Supporters
Several new members - Normandy Real Estate Partners, DTZ Investors and Growthpoint Properties Australia, as well as a new supporter - the Better Buildings Partnership have joined GRESB. Read more...
20 Apr, 2015
2015/2016 Development Topics
GRESB is constantly evolving the benchmark survey to reflect the sustainability developments in the global real estate market. Read more...
1 Apr, 2015
2015 GRESB Benchmark to Increase ESG Transparency in Real Estate
GRESB released its 2015 Survey on April 1. The GRESB data is used by almost 50 institutional investors, representing USD 6 trillion in assets under management. This year, GRESB delivers a stable survey, supported by newly developed tools to streamline the sustainability data reporting process for the growing number of participating property companies and funds. Read more...
23 Mar, 2015
2015 Survey opens on April 1
The 2015 GRESB Survey opens for submissions on April 1 -- the GRESB data input Portal will be available from this date. The Survey closes on July 1, 2015. Prior to submission participants can request a Response Check. The deadline for Response Checks is June 15. Read more...
18 Mar, 2015
Australia’s authority on sustainable buildings and communities partners with GRESB to ensure world-class benchmarking
The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has formed a new partnership with GRESB, the leading global sustainability benchmark for real estate portfolios, to advance reporting on environmental, social and economic performance in Australia’s real estate sector. Read more...
10 Mar, 2015
BRE and GRESB Partner to Promote Sustainability in Commercial Real Estate
BRE, the organization responsible for the marketing and development of the BREEAM green building certification scheme, today announces its partnership with GRESB, the leading global sustainability benchmark for real estate portfolios. Read more...