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Mon 24 Mar 2014
40 Percent Symposium Founder and MD John Pike responds to the 'Building Zero Carbon' report. "This report by the UK-GBC Industry Task Force makes the case for zero carbon new non domestic buildings’ targets. It  references the innovation, economic and export opportunities that such targets will support. At the 40 Percent Symposia we increasingly focus on the value advantages of sustainability in terms of buildings in use and investment values. Germany has Energie Wende and one of the questions we will be asking at the 2014 Frankfurt Symposium is “what is the response of the Real Estate Industry to initiatives such as this?” At the moment behaviour is largely driven by regulation and legislation. By identifying real economic benefits we will rapidly move beyond this to voluntary environmental behaviour dictated by economics. The Task Force’s report is a step in that direction."   We will be discussing this topic in more detail at our Frankfurt Symposium in November 2014...

Tue 18 Mar 2014
John Pike writes: "The International Property Measurement Standard is an important initiative supported by the RICS.  Not only in the context of the consistent valuation of commercial property around the globe but also because it will give a real opportunity for the measurement of sustainability to be put on a credible basis. I well remember the arguments, when I was co-chair of the International Sustainability Alliance, around the international board table as to what was the most appropriate method of measurement in order to calculate benchmarks. It is surprising how much heat can be generated by an argument on gross internal floor areas versus gross external floor areas. And heat is what we are all trying to avoid! So I welcome this initiative, the International Property Management Standard, and wish the RICS and its partners well." To read the draft document click here.

Wed 12 Feb 2014
  We are delighted to host a guest blog by Matt Ellis from Measurabl regarding sustainability reporting. Matt writes: "With most large commercial real estate companies now reporting to one sustainability standard or another, the industry is starting to hits its stride on sustainability reporting. The next wave of reporters - smaller REITS, private firms and their suppliers - has taken note and is starting to test the waters. There are good and bad sides to this. The good is REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts) are increasingly disclosing their sustainability data and improving performance. According to REIT.com, HCP increased its CDP disclosure score to 97 up from 77 and its performance score up to an “A-” from a “D” after just two years of reporting. The company attributes the higher disclosure scores to having vendors and suppliers more involved, implementing safety policies, putting sustainability information out on tenant websites, and introducing an innovative competition...

Tue 11 Feb 2014
40 Percent Symposium Founder and Managing Director John Pike writes: "Real estate investors and occupiers today demand a much more sophisticated approach to sustainable reporting than was the case even 5 years ago. When I first started to work with the BRE on creating an environmental benchmarking club, the International Sustainability Alliance, the industry was in its infancy and reporting restricted to maybe 12 or so key benchmarks. Since then we have come a long way with the focus increasingly on the environmental impact of entire estates. Whilst much of the early impetus came from legislation, particularly 2002 Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, there is an increasing body of evidence from organisations such as CDP to suggest an improved financial performance from companies that embrace a sustainable approach. The arguments for reporting are well argued in a recent report by PE International which explores how sustainable platforms can be used to drive annual reporting of...

Wed 27 Nov 2013
The first annual Frankfurt 40 Percent Symposium was held on the 14th November at the splendid Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof. Founded in 2011 in London where it is described as “the most relevant and useful sustainability conference in the calendar” the opportunity to bring the conference to Frankfurt, Germany’s international finance centre was not to be missed. Over 50 delegates listened to expert speakers from industry, real estate investment and academia on the impact of sustainability as it affects commercial property strategic decisions. An additional and unparalleled benefit of the 40 Percent Symposium was the opportunity to network with peers and the conference speakers in an informal atmosphere; a point commented on by many of the delegates at Frankfurt. Supported by an Advisory Board of leading industry experts comprising Christoph Wildgruber, Head of Sustainability at Allianz Real Estate, Michael Determann Managing director of Aberdeen Asset Management Germany; Peter Helfrich...

Wed 30 Oct 2013
Expo Real is an international trade fair for Property and Investment businesses which is held each year in München immediately after the Oktoberfest There are over 1600 exhibitors and around 35,000 property and related professionals visit the fair over a period of 3 days. Expo Real is a personal favourite of mine; it is well organised with the exhibition stands easily navigated and an accessible programme of interesting seminars. With the Frankfurt 40 Percent Symposium due to take place on 14th November it is of course the ideal place for me to go. There I can make contact with most of the Symposium speakers for Frankfurt, catch up with old colleagues from my ISA days and introduce many new companies to the Symposium’s programme. So armed with a case full of Symposium flyers I landed in Munchen on the Monday evening. Staying in the hotel Treff in the centre of München, close to the Hauptbahnhof enabled me to arrive by U bahn promptly each morning. On the first morning I was able to...

Thu 3 Oct 2013
Over 100 delegates assembled at Haberdashers Hall in the City of London for the third annual 40 Percent Symposium on 19th September 2013. The 40 Percent Symposium is rapidly becoming the premier sustainability event for senior executives in commercial property, whether as investors, occupiers, owners or consultants. Over 100 delegates assembled at Haberdashers Hall in the City of London for the third annual 40 Percent Symposium on 19th September 2013. The 40 Percent Symposium is rapidly becoming the premier sustainability event for senior executives in commercial property, whether as investors, occupiers, owners or consultants. I was pleased to be able to introduce as our key note speaker, Professor Sir John Beddington, who was until recently the UK Governments Chief Scientist. Sir John painted a picture for delegates of current climate science thinking. He said the next 20 years are already determined. We know how population...

Dr Brian Motherway was one of our speakers at our London 2013 conference. Dr Motherway is the Chief Executive of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).  Under the Better Energy schemes which are administered by SEAI, the Irish government will spend the equivalent of £10.8 million on more than 80 community energy projects by the end of 2013. The projects will include energy efficiency upgrades to over 3,500 homes and more than 290 public and community buildings.  Delivering the projects will achieve a 7m Euro annual energy savings as well as creating more than 300 full time jobs. To read the full article by eddieEnergy click here.

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 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 & Wellbeing...

A US survey by Cushman & Wakefield on the extent to which sustainability influences investment decisions found that 72% of real estate investment managers interviewed said they had established sustainable policies in their organisations. It also found that European investors were ahead of their US colleagues in the adoption of sustainable investing. You can read the full report in the attached PDF.  

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