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Clients and tenants worldwide are increasingly demanding sustainability – for both energy efficiency and occupant benefit — and green building continues to double every three years, according to the World Green Building Trends 2016 report by Dodge Data & Analytics. The findings of the report, which received funding from United Technologies, were presented by Bob McDonough, President, UTC Climate, Controls & Security at the recent 2015 Greenbuild International Summit in Washington, DC. “It’s critical that building industry professionals have the latest data and trends to inform designs and decisions,” said McDonough. “This information is valuable as we look to accelerate buildings that will foster sustainable, healthy environments.” The new report surveyed more than 1,000 architects, engineers, contractors, owners, specialists and consultants in 69 countries to understand their current green building project involvement and expectations for 2018. In addition to expanding the sample size by more than 25 percent over the 2012 study, the new report also has a higher percentage of architect and contractor participation across a larger number of countries. “The greater engagement by practitioners reflects the current green building environment,” said Stephen A. Jones, Senior Director of Industry Insights, Dodge Data & Analytics. “Their responses demonstrate that sustainability continues to have a transformative effect on design and construction professionals globally.” (Source: UTC Climate, Controls & Security) Green Building Trends Across all regions studied, respondents increasingly projected that more than 60 percent of their projects would be green projects by 2018, with a doubling from current projects across the Middle East, North Africa, Asia, South America and Sub-Saharan Africa. The largest percentage of green building activity continues to be in the commercial building segment, comprising 46 percent of respondents’ future green building projects. Activity in institutional buildings – schools, hospitals and public buildings – is expected to surpass green building projects in existing buildings (38 and 37 percent respectively) by 2018. Green Building Drivers Client demands are a driver for green building activity according to 40 percent of respondents, followed by environmental regulations (35 percent). Both categories increased over 2008 and 2012 responses. An enhanced awareness of the occupant and tenant benefits of green buildings emerged in the 2016 report, with healthier neighborhoods (15 percent), higher return on investment (11 percent) and employee recruitment (5 percent) increasing as drivers. Regarding social motivators, respondents ranked encouraging sustainable business practices as the most important benefit of green building (68 percent), followed by its ability to support the domestic economy, create a sense of community, and increase worker productivity (all 50 percent or higher). From an… …Read More…
By investing in the right mix of technology and talent, global companies can turn business disruption into competitive differentiation, according to a recent KPMG LLP survey of more than 600 global senior executives. Results from the survey, “Succeed in Constant Change,” indicate top-performing companies are able to sustain growth and increase profits in the face of the near-constant change. While more than three-quarters (76%) of executives polled said they saw disruption as constant and most likely increasing in the future, only 17 percent said their companies were prepared for the coming volatility with a strategic approach. “The disruptors range from emerging competitors using new, disruptive business models to the explosion of data from always-on devices and revolutionary consumer experiences that force businesses to transform their entire operations,” explained John Cummings, principal, KPMG U.S. Advisory Industry Leader for Industrial Manufacturing. Take a look at the infographic below to find out about the top five disruptors, and which ones present the biggest challenges, and opportunities: “The fastest-growing and the most profitable organizations are increasingly – and smartly – leveraging these disruptors to continually deploy new business models, accelerate decision-making, convert data into valuable knowledge and focus on the customer,” said Steve Chase, KPMG’s U.S. Advisory Management Consulting leader. In fact, survey respondents whose companies were generating a profit of 11% or greater reported making 25% higher-than-average investments in digital and mobile. Areas of investment include engaging with customers, growing the digital enterprise, and enabling a mobile workforce. Related articles across the web Other posts by Real Street Tech NOTE:This is a summary of a post found on Real Street Tech | The Smart Place For CRE.Parts of it may be missing. View the full original article at:http://realstreettech.com/few-companies-are-prepared-for-business-disruption/
The Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) has launched a landmark water-energy project using advanced energy storage systems to integrate solar, wind, biogas and grid resources in order to optimize renewable generation, reduce demand on the electric grid, and lower energy costs. As part of this first-of-its-kind project, IEUA will install approximately 3.5 MW of advanced energy storage systems at its regional water-recycling facilities and pump stations in Southern California. The agency signed an agreement with San Francisco-based Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) to design, install, and manage the project. The energy storage systems will range in size from 150 kW to 1,250 kW and will be custom-designed to optimize IEUA’s on-site generation including solar, wind, and biogas resources. The batteries will store excess renewable energy and use stored energy to power facilities when demand on the electric grid is high. The energy storage systems will also provide an added layer of protection against outages and enhance the agency’s ability to share the benefits of renewable resources between facilities. “We are proud of our investments in energy efficiency, renewable generation and sustainable water management practices,” said IEUA Board President Terry Catlin. “Energy storage is the key to maximizing the value of those investments, allowing us to use our resources more efficiently, reduce costs for our customers and participate in building a more resilient electric grid for the whole region.” “IEUA’s leadership when it comes to technology and water management is recognized across the whole industry,” said Susan Kennedy, CEO of AMS. “Tackling the water-energy nexus head on takes that leadership to a whole new level. This groundbreaking project is designed to optimize energy resources in the management, treatment and distribution of water while enhancing the reliability and resiliency of both the electric grid and water management systems.” Integrating IEUA’s on-site renewable energy resources will reduce its peak demand from the grid by as much as 14% and reduce total energy costs by 5-10%. The ability to store excess energy also provides the most cost-effective means of sharing on-site renewable generation from among its facilities and provides an added layer of reliability for critical equipment in the event of power outages. AMS will use “Powerpack” commercial battery systems procured from Tesla Energy for the IEUA project. “We’ve invested heavily in clean, efficient resources,” Catlin said. “Using energy storage to optimize those resources and dynamically control consumption is the next crucial step forward in IEUA’s strategic energy plan to go ‘Gridless’ by 2020 with almost no capital outlay by the Agency.” State and Federal energy agencies have found that… …Read More…
Millennials will lead the way for small and medium businesses in future conversations and efforts around conservation, energy efficiency, and environmental stewardship, according to the second annual Cox Conserves Sustainability Survey.
Credit: Transwestern Commercial real estate investment is expected to remain strong through the fourth quarter of 2016, though amounts could be impacted by high prices and valuations, rising rates and economic uncertainties, according to the October edition of “the BRIEFING,” a report compiled by Transwestern that covers the national and global economy, capital markets, and commercial real estate. According to Transwestern, preferences shifting to secondary and tertiary cities and suburban office properties and apartments will make it difficult to maintain the dollar volume increases seen in previous quarters. Additional findings: Foreign investors were behind four of the five biggest U.S. CRE sales in the first quarter of 2015 Real Capital Analytics data for the first eight months of 2015 reflect a 26% increase in sales volume The second quarter of 2015 saw a 23% year-over-year increase compared to 39% in the first quarter, with August posting negative 4% In Prequin’s most recent survey, 78% of investors planned to commit the same amount of capital or more to real estate in the next 12 months Moody’s/RCA CPPI composite index pricing in major markets were at record highs for July and have nearly doubled since hitting the cycle low in 2013 As of August, core allocations have declined to 43% from 54% in December 2013 North American allocations have increased from 37% to 73% over the same period, as the U.S. looks like the safest port in the storm Q2 nonresidential construction was up 6.2% For more information, download the full report. Other posts by Mary Ellen McCandless NOTE:This is a summary of a post found on Real Street Tech | The Smart Place For CRE.Parts of it may be missing. View the full original article at:http://realstreettech.com/commercial-real-estate-investment-expected-to-stay-strong-through-2016/
Skyrocketing C-suite demands for productivity are creating a “pressure cooker” of expectations for corporate real estate (CRE) teams worldwide. JLL’s third biennial Global Corporate Real Estate Trends survey shows that 76% of companies have high expectations of their CRE teams to improve workplace productivity, up from 72% in 2014, as illustrated in this infographic: Tracking insights from 544 CRE executives in 36 countries, the 2015 survey details the C-suite’s growing recognition of CRE and the corresponding pressure on CRE teams. According to the survey, CRE teams are at the forefront of creating a more positive experience and increased effectiveness in the workplace, and improving workplace productivity is the top productivity outcome expected from the team. Sixty-two percent of CRE teams see increasing demand from leadership to enable more flexible working, and 59 percent see increasing demand to support cultural change. “Demands on CRE teams are unrelenting. The C-suite simply will not accept ‘we’ve always done it this way’ for an answer any more and they shouldn’t,” said John Forrest, JLL CEO of Corporate Solutions, Americas. “C-suite executives are demanding office space that make employees more productive, and expect CRE executives to use sophisticated data and analytics to make their global facilities portfolios highly efficient. Many of these demands require CRE executives to speed up their pace of change, and get out of their comfort zones.” CRE teams are also expected to improve asset and business productivity. The C-suite expects improved productivity across the corporate real estate and facilities portfolio, a complex goal with many moving parts. Notably, 61 percent of CRE teams in 2015 report pressure to improve the productivity of the physical real estate assets, a significant increase over the 47 percent reporting this pressure in 2013. More than three in every five respondents report a growing appetite to drive greater flexibility through the real estate portfolio and provide larger volumes of on-demand space. Other posts by Real Street Tech NOTE:This is a summary of a post found on Real Street Tech | The Smart Place For CRE.Parts of it may be missing. View the full original article at:http://realstreettech.com/what-are-companies-planning-for-the-workplace/
Paying attention to important aspects of workplace design – from office layout to ergonomic products and desk accessories – can help you create a comfortable workplace that inspires creativity and productivity, according to this infographic from Office Depot.
An infographic highlights appropriate disinfection solutions for key spaces in healthcare facilities, to help prevent healthcare associated infection.
An infographic from Dow Water & Process Solutions shows how advanced treatment technologies can help save costs and reduce water usage in cooling towers.
This Friday Funny is more fun than funny, since it takes facility managers on a little journey to illustrate the effectiveness of energy savings in data centers.