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2018 GRESB Results Photo Round up

The 2018 GRESB Results events were the most expansive yet- with 21 events being held across 4 continents and 13 countries. More insights can be found across our social media channels, and the programs, as well as slides from the presentations, are all publicly available. London Sydney Sydney San Francisco Hong Kong Hong Kong Brussels […]

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Leadership on Climate and Resilience – Join GRESB and Goby in San Francisco

Something big is about to happen in San Francisco. Leaders are converging from around the world talk about the future of the planet. They will make big commitments to greenhouse gas emissions reductions and talk about the big challenges posed by climate-related shocks and stressors. The focal point will be the first-ever Global Climate Action […]

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Waste & Water week on GRESB Insights

If you missed any of our blogs on waste & water, find them all here: Lessons Learned From the Garbage Bin Gwen S. Merkin, Program Manager, Healthy Buildings Waste Not, Want Not in the Commercial Real Estate Sector Sam Benson, Environmental Consultant, S2 Partnership Limited Washing Away Wasteful Water Practices Verdani Partners Rethinking Waste Management […]

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Health & Well-being week on GRESB Insights

If you missed any of our blogs this week, find them all here: Make Your Real Estate Decisions Healthy Decisions Rachel Gutter, International WELL Building Institute The John O’Halloran Initiative: How the property industry is fighting the stigma of mental illness Howard Morgan, Founder & MD, RealService Asking for the impossible Philippa Gill, Partner at […]

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GRESB and the future of Health & Well-being

Today marks the end of the GRESB Health & Well-being week. This didn’t mean that we all got to work from our respective oases of inspiration for the past 5 days (although the Amsterdam office does a very good job at keeping us alert and creative), but that our internal “to do” list was driven […]

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Recap: 2017 Edition of the Sustainability Certification Barometer

On Tuesday, 27 June in Paris, and on Wednesday, 28 June in London, the 2017 edition of the Sustainability Certification Barometer was presented by Green Soluce, along with the main certification bodies and expert keynote speakers. This report, the first and only study to provide reliable and up-to-date figures on sustainable building certifications across Europe, […]

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4 ESG Takeaways for the Real Estate Sector from the 2017 GRESB Siemens Spring Conference

The first annual GRESB Spring Conference took place last week at the Crystal in London, hosted by Siemens, and those of us who were there are still processing the many insights and takeaways from the event. The venue was full of inspiring people — attendees, presenters and moderators — all gathered in one place. The combined […]

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GRESB Outlook – 2017 and Beyond

2017: Stable assessments and new products & services When we launched GRESB more than seven years ago, our main goal was to help companies and funds assess the sustainability performance of their portfolios. At the time, there weren’t many programs linking companies and investors to sustainability metrics. Fast forward to today and sustainability has now […]

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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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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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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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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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