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Fri 10 Nov 2017
At our 2018 PropTech Conference on the 12th April in Berlin, one of our key sessions will focus on building connectivity and the impact this is having on sustainability.  Here, 40 Percent Symposium 2018 Host Dr. Birgit Memminger-Rieve from ES EnviroSustain gives her thoughts on the topic, and opens up the debate ahead of the conference session.             From connected buildings to interconnected buildings....Some thoughts on how this could be sustainable We’ve all heard a lot about IoT, PropTech and how buildings of the future may look.  Those who still think that a building is just four walls and a roof may need to adjust their thinking. Really smart buildings connect everything from infrastructure to devices to make your buildings alive, technology use more efficient and alter the way we live and work together. Just to give you a couple of examples: you can have your employees securely move about the workplace with their smart device,...

Fri 3 Nov 2017
Many thanks to Vanti, for this thought provoking blog around how focussing on user experiences can lead to better and healthier Smart buildings . Vanti will be joining us on the 12th April 2018 in Berlin for our next 40 Percent Symposium, where we will be talking all about positive disruption in our industry. For further details, please view the agenda here, or register to attend.   Vanti writes... "One of the main reasons we find working as Smart building Master Systems Integrators so rewarding is the positive impact our efforts have on the people who live and work in these spaces. We believe that the key to getting the most out of our projects in terms of human benefit lies in understanding exactly how people are going to use the buildings - whether they’re a resident, employee, or visitor.  What is building UX? Building User Experience (or UX for short) describes how people interact with buildings and the technology contained within them as...

Sat 28 Oct 2017
    40 Percent Symposium Founder John Pike, talks about the significance of PropTech to the commercial real estate industry, and why the topic is our central focus for our 40 Percent Symposium 2018 on the 12th April in Berlin.   Disruption is real.  We only have to look outside of the commercial real estate sector to see the impact disruptive organisations such as Airbnb and Uber have had on their own sectors.  These innovators have challenged the status quo and ultimately generated a permanent shift in how their sector does business.  Now it’s the turn of the real estate sector to shake off its traditionally conservative shackles, and embrace the changing face of our industry - PropTech. Since our last conference in Berlin in November 2016, we have seen the emerging force of PropTech disruption in both the commercial and residential real estate sectors.  PropTech has the ability to truly disrupt the industry in the way FinTech has impacted...

Fri 20 Oct 2017
Many thanks to Lydia Dutton, Co-Founder of Loop for this thought provoking blog around driving innovation within Corporates and beyond. Lydia and her colleagues at Loop will be joining us on the 12th April 2018 in Berlin for our next 40 Percent Symposium, where we will be talking all about positive disruption in our industry. For further details, please view the agenda here, or register to attend.   Lydia writes.....  "LOOP  are a prop tech circular economy consultancy and digital platform disrupting the built environment through the reuse and sharing of materials and equipment. Real Estate, ‘ripe for disruption’ since 2014. That’s if Ecosia has served me correctly (use Ecosia by the way, they plant a tree for every search made). In three years of being ‘ripe’ and ready, disclosed investment in prop tech, a powerful tool for disruption and innovation, has risen by over 132%, up to $2.7bn (CB Insights). This blog explores one emerging trend...

Thu 12 Oct 2017
40 Percent Symposium Founder John Pike, visited Expo Real 2017 with our 2018 Symposium host Dr. Birgit Memminger-Rieve from ES EnviroSustain.  Here John tells us about their visit to the show, and shares some exciting news about the forthcoming 40 Percent Symposium 2018...     Birgit and I spent a great couple of days at Expo Real last week in Munich. We were able to touch base with many of the people speaking at the Symposium next April in Berlin, including Benjamin Kott of Energy Deck. As ever Benjamin pushed the boundaries of what we might be talking about. We shall find out more in April at the Symposium, along with Benjamin’s latest IoT gadget, the connected kettle! We had some very good discussions with Marcus Herget, CEO of DGNB and some of his colleagues including Hermann Horster, Board Member and Head of Sustainability at BNP Paribas Real Estate.  We are delighted to announce DGNB as one of our content sponsors for the Circular Economy and Health...

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...

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