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Fri 24 Mar 2017
We are delighted to announce that the next 40 Percent Symposium will take place on the 19th April at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Berlin, Germany.   40 Percent Symposium host Dr. Birgit Memminger-Rieve from ES EnviroSustain comments: "Hosting the 40 Percent Symposium in Berlin in 2016 was just a great experience, with interesting topics and a wonderful audience.  We are very proud to be hosting the next Symposium in Berlin.  Keeping pace with ESG matters, discussing innovative approaches, and above all, having in mind viable solutions to face climate change and link real estate value with ESG performance – this is our message for April 2018." If you would like to take advantage of our early bird ticket rate, please click here.

Mon 9 Jan 2017
I recently had the pleasure of speaking at a conference organised by the Knowledge Transfer Network with Warwick University. The challenge for the day was innovation and how it could improve building assets performance. My presentation looked at some of the trends I have seen recently at the 40 Percent Symposia in Germany where the focus has been on  Regulation Performance Management Improved Value and Lower Depreciation Business Opportunity Customer Experience Sponda plc of Finland brought this altogether rather well at the last Symposium in Berlin with their product ....Spondability. This has 6 pillars. Energy & Environmental Efficiency Property Location Enhancing the Customer Experience Investing in Employees Transparent and Ethical Operations...

Tue 22 Nov 2016
In this blog, 40 Percent Symposium 2016 host, Dr. Birgit Memminger-Rieve from ES EnviroSustain summaries the lively discussions which took place at the conference and looks forward to the content of the 40 Percent Symposium 2018.   On the 3rd November 2016, the 7th International Symposium on Sustainable Commercial Real Estate took place in the Berliner Regent Hotel. Moderated by the 40 Percent Symposium’s initiator John Pike, who is RICS Chartered Surveyor and currently board member of Bellrock Properties and Facilities Management (UK), the Symposium focused on politics, economics & risks as well as global best practice. Given the enforcement of the Paris Agreement and the pending Climate Conference (CAM1) in Marrakesh, Martin Brühl – the director of Union Investment’s Dept. for International Real Estate Investment – emphasized that the sole collection of data and facts will no longer suffice to combat climate change.   Action is now required and the Real Estate...

Thu 17 Nov 2016
To host the 40 Percent Symposium and bring it back to Germany as an international sustainability conference has been a great experience. Thanks must go to John Pike who moderated the conference with ease and charm and to the EMA Events team that made sure that our schedule was followed with no delays. I’ve talked to a lot of attendees to get their feedback which I like to summarise here....The Regent Hotel was a great venue and everyone felt at ease during the day enjoying and discussing versatile and interesting topics with great speakers from various countries. The delegates said they appreciate having this international symposium in Berlin, and the conference gives them insight into the actual political framework, current sustainability studies, and best practice experiences.  Attendees were quick to recognise the excellent networking opportunities during breaks and at the drinks reception in the evening. I'm looking forward to planning the next 40 Percent Symposium...

Wed 14 Sep 2016
Scotland’s ‘competitor’ to the much publicised Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), due to be introduced in England and Wales in 2018, has been finalised and will be introduced next month. The approach is markedly different to the plans in place for the rest of the UK. The scheme in summary In Scotland, building owners who plan to sell or lease space will need to comply with the new regulations for units over 1,000 square metres in size, from 1 September 2016[1].  An energy performance certificate (EPC) is required, as usual.  However, an Action Plan must also be established to identify energy saving opportunities.  Action Plans can be issued by qualified Section 63 Advisors (many EPC assessors are in the process of gaining this additional accreditation) who use approved software to calculate improvements.  The software has been developed to consider the feasibility of seven improvement opportunities. Draught-stripping windows...

Fri 2 Sep 2016
Hello and welcome to this brand new website, which has been built specifically for the 7th Annual 40 Percent Symposium, taking place on 3 November at the Regent Hotel in Berlin. Background Since the first event in London in 2011, The 40 Percent Symposium has established itself as the leading resource for those working in sustainability within the commercial real estate sector, focusing specifically on the impact that sustainability has on the value of commercial property. Its mission is to bring its delegates the latest thinking on sustainability in commercial real estate investment, occupation and ownership. Return to Germany This year marks a welcome return of the 40 Percent Symposium to Germany, after having been held in London in 2015. As Germany continues to be a world leader in both the renewable energy sector and sustainable policymaking, Berlin seems like a natural host city for this year’s Symposium. New Hosts & Organisers One of the biggest...

Tue 9 Dec 2014
We are delighted to host a guest blog by Jess Stevens, Associate, Sustainability at GVA.  The blog centres around the shift in attitude towards the topic of sustainability for UK Fund Managers and Investors. Jess writes: GVA recently released the fifth report in their Green to Gold series, a survey which investigates how UK fund managers and investors currently view and factor the risks attributable to rising sustainability regulation and market demands.  Since our first report in 2007, we’ve witnessed a significant shift in attitude towards sustainability. The 2014 results highlight consistent trends of increasing consideration, incorporation and reporting of sustainability issues in investment decisions and activities. More than half of the respondents believe that the market no longer sees sustainability as just a ‘nice to have’, but rather that it is starting to be or is already being considered a key driver of investment performance. In addition, 94% of UK fund...

Mon 1 Dec 2014
40 Percent Symposium Founder and Managing Director John Pike reflects on the second 40 Percent Symposium Frankfurt held on the 5th November 2014 at the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof. Three clear themes emerged through the day and the real estate industry must grapple with these if sustainability is to be a value driver rather than just “something to be added to a property’s details. These are: 1.       The property industry needs to move beyond the narrow definition of sustainability in terms of energy management and embrace the broader elements of ESG used at a corporate level. 2.       Data collection needs to be done only once in a recognised format, that includes the principles of ESG, so that real estate is more readily a part of a company’s overall reporting structure. 3.       If certification and labels such as EPCs are to be effective much more needs to be done to identify the value...

Tue 11 Nov 2014
We are delighted to announce a second successful 40 Percent Symposium was held in Frankfurt on the 5th November.  The day sparked interesting debate using our unique panel format and it certainly proved to be very insightful.  We are delighted with the feedback we have received which we will be sharing shortly, along with our summary of the discussions. You can find out more about the event in IP Real Estate's recent article which you can view here.  

Wed 22 Oct 2014
Thanks to IP Real Estate for featuring us in their latest news alert: The 40 Percent Symposium Frankfurt, 5th November 2014, Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof.   The 40 Percent Symposium has established itself as the leading resource for those working in the commercial property industry, with a focus on sustainability and the impact this topic has on the value of commercial property. Our mission is to bring to you the latest thinking on sustainability in commercial property, investment, occupation and ownership. We have held several conferences in both London and Frankfurt over the last three years and are pleased to attract the leading industry figures as our delegates. Our next Symposium is on the 5th November 2014 in Frankfurt and we are delighted to once again have secured the support of industry leading speakers including: François Cantin from Unibail-Rodamco, Simon Cox from Prologis, Sander Paul van Tongeren of APG Asset Management, Dr. Robert Gabriel from PE...

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