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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...

We read with interest CaGBC plans to introduce an online LEED Project Profiles database as part of World Green Building Week.  The database will contain details of the 4000 LEED projects which are currently registered and certified in Canada.  The database will also include details of case studies, and is being hailed as the most comprehensive collection of data on Canadian green buildings available according to Thomas Mueller, president and CEO of CaGBC. To read the article in full 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...

We were delighted to receive our event feedback report from BREthis morning regarding the London conference which took place in September.  There were some great responses from delegates which will help shape not only our Frankfurt Symposium on the 14th November but also our future London conferences as well. Key comments from delegates were as follows: "(The conference) provided discussion around the sustainability agenda in Real Estate." "A good cross section of building sustainability - investment management and performance." "Internationally  recognised  speakers." "Probably the strongest and most interesting 40 Percent Symposium agenda so far." "I got a good understanding of the commercial sector and where it is going." "Insightful and good industry participants." If you have any comments regarding the London conference please feel free to get involved in the conversation via our Twitter page or...

The RICS have published a research paper entitled; Non-domestic Real Estate Climate Change Model.  The report draws some important conclusions from its examination of Display Energy Certificate (DEC) data from over 60,000 buildings.  The article provides a picture of how climate change impacts on operating costs and investment decisions in the UK commercial property sector. To read the full article click here.      

It was announced yesterday that The Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to reduce environmental guidance and legislation which businesses currently have to comply with.  This has been met with mixed reaction across the board with UK Green Building Council criticising the move as 'irresponsible.' 40 Percent Symposium Founder and Managing Director John Pike comments: “As a small business owner myself I welcome any progress in cutting back on unnecessary rules and regulations. However I do see a difference between red tape and guidance which promotes investment. I hope the Prime Minister’s action is on the former and not the latter. Increasingly the 40 Percent Symposium is focused on the whole of Europe not just the UK. I see plenty of evidence of our European partners embracing sustainability along with the opportunities that brings. I do hope that the climate (no pun intended) in the UK for real estate investment in buildings and products is not damaged by what should be a...

Sustain Magazine article by John Pike - Driving change in the commercial buildings sector - Dec 2012 in"> Download the full article here  

  40 Percent Symposium supporters the Green Rating Alliance recently released their annual report for 2013 and we are delighted to be featured.  You can view the full report via the attached PDF document. 

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