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  • Articles

    Addressing stranded asset risk in real estate investment

    The value of assets is vulnerable to factors such as environmental challenges, changing resource landscapes, technological innovation, changes in regulations and liability and evolving social norms. Such changes can result in the devaluation or non-performance of assets, thus making them ‘stranded’. This concept of ‘stranded assets’ has been prominently used to discuss the impact of […]

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    Saving the Environment and Improving Your Portfolio with Real Estate

    The right real estate investments can have a surprisingly positive impact on the environment Buildings account for about a third of total carbon emissions globally. This presents a real opportunity for investors who seek to maintain a diversified portfolio and contribute to improving the environment. The most sustainable real estate companies may also turn out […]

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    Real Estate Just Got Its Own Industry Classification – It Deserves Its Own ESG Rating

    Effective today MSCI and the S&P’s Dow Jones Indices’ Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS), will add its first additional Sector since inception in 1999: Real Estate. That’s big news! Historically real estate has been included as part of the Financial Sector alongside banks, diversified financials and insurance companies. Establishing real estate as its own categorization […]

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  • Articles

    Private Equity & ESG Disclosure: a View across the Risk Spectrum

    As PERE Research & Analytics shared in its Q3 Fundraising Report, value-add and opportunistic real estate investment strategies are topping the charts in both number of funds seeking capital as well as in total equity amounts targeted. According to Preqin’s Q3 2016 Fundraising Update, Q3 alone saw 13 value-add and 8 opportunistic funds hold a […]

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    2016 GRESB Real Estate Assessment: What You Need to Know about Your Results

    The 2016 GRESB data has been available for over a month, and judging from the phone calls and emails received by the GRESB Helpdesk, the 750+ entities who submitted their ESG data are busy evaluating their performance and writing internal reports explaining how they did. At the same time, the GRESB team has been playing […]

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    The Massive Need for Infrastructure Investment and Climate Change – a Balancing Act

    Infrastructure is the foundation and connective tissue of society. In its broadest sense, it covers everything above and below surface (including both land and water). That’s buildings; energy generation (renewable and conventional) and transmission; road, rail and the various modes of transport using it; transport hubs like ports and airports; clean and dirty water; etc. […]

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    Five Key Takeaways from the New GRESB Health & Well-being Module

    The GRESB Health and Well-being Module is a new tool to understand how property companies and funds around the world are promoting health and well-being in their internal operations and through the real estate and services they offer to customers. The Module is predicated on the recognition that health and well-being is emerging as an […]

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    ESG Performance in Australia and New Zealand: the Heat Is on

    Looking at the 2016 GRESB results, Australia and New Zealand again are leading the pack in terms of outperforming the other regions on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) aspects. Besides strong government support, this is a direct result of a unique approach by the region’s property market. On one hand, the market has shown a […]

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    Can the Marriage of Big Data and Sustainability Help Bankers Avoid Another CRE Debacle?

    Banks are using big data to stress test and manage credit risk associated with commercial mortgages. A recent article in American Banker highlighted that even community banks, with under $5 billion in assets, are using market and tenant data software to inform commercial real estate (CRE) lending decisions and to monitor exposures. In light of recent warnings from regulators about growing […]

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    Real Estate Lenders Are Ready for Change

    September marked the release of the 2016 GRESB Debt Assessment results which were simultaneously released alongside the GRESB Real Estate Assessment results [see results presentation]. The 2016 global snapshot of the lending market results reflects GRESB’s improved Debt Assessment framework. This resulted in increasing the number of participants from 10 to 18, including two primary lenders which underlines the […]

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    What Obama, the Real Estate Sector, and 130 Investors Have in Common

    While a typical summer is characterized by a lack of real news, leading the press to cover anything that’s even remotely newsworthy—or not – (we have a word for it in Dutch, “cucumber time”), the past two month have yielded enough stories to keep the average journalist busy: the Olympics, flooding in Louisiana, the ongoing […]

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    Hold Your Horses – 3 More Days until the Release of the 2016 GRESB Data

    For most people, the first week of September means the end of summer and returning to work, but for the real estate industry, the first week of September means the release of the GRESB data – how does the industry stack up when it comes to sustainability performance? With only three days to go until […]

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  • Case Studies

    Community Engagement at Regent’s Place

    Purpose of the project: British Land’s 30-year involvement at Regent’s Place in London’s West End has seen the campus double in size, providing accommodation and amenities for around 15,000 workers and residents, as well as the local community. It is a great example of how we are able to create outstanding work environments by understanding […]

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    Tips and Tricks for GRESB Infrastructure Participants: Understanding Evidence & References

    This is the first year for the new GRESB Infrastructure Assessment. The Assessment is not a pilot – it’s the real deal – but we also have a lot to learn about how to create an effective assessment for the diverse infrastructure asset class. Part of the learning process involves creating a practical vocabulary for […]

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  • Articles

    GRESB and WELL: Complementary Tools to Promote Transparency and Leadership on Health and Well-being

    Health and well-being has emerged as an important issue for real estate companies and funds. Investors and tenants have expressed interest and there is increasing recognition that the promotion of health and well-being can contribute to competitive differentiation, value creation, and risk management. GRESB and its partners explored this with a series of events in […]

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  • Articles

    Embracing Performance Indicators

    In a blog post earlier this year about ESG and Real Estate, GRESB CEO Nils Kok mentioned the “GRESB Six Stages of Grief.” I can imagine that a month and a half into the 2016 Assessment some of our property company and fund manager participants are deep in stage 2: Anger.  Does this sound like you? […]

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    The Value of an Integrated Sustainability Strategy for Real Estate Companies and Funds

    Last week was time for the 2016 installment of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Building Summit. As in prior years, the Summit was full of friends and leaders from across the real estate industry. I had the opportunity to participate in a session moderated by Dr. Jason Hartke (DOE), David deVos (Prudential Real […]

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    Green Bond Roadshows: Investor Benefits

    GRESB Green Bond Working Group, March 2016 The fourth meeting of the GRESB Green Bond Working Group addressed the constructs, protocols and benefits of a green bond roadshow. Speakers included Victoria Clarke from HSBC’s green bond investment banking group, Christophe Garot representing two-time green bond issuer Unibail-Rodamco and Viktor Stunnenberg who serves as Senior Portfolio […]

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