New construction is a vital part of a balanced real estate strategy, but in many cases, there are equally compelling opportunities in improving the operations and management of existing assets. More than 75% of existing commercial buildings will continue to operate as is over the next 15 years. Thus, it is important tackling sustainability through improved operational efficiency rather than focusing solely in newly constructed properties. Many changes can be done at lower or no cost, with significant improvements to both operational efficiency and a property’s profitability, such as 2-degree Fahrenheit temperature adjustment or installing VFD pumps for water features.
Furthermore, sustainability takes on even more important dimension when considering improved management and governance. By establishing a formalized sustainability program, property owners can then be better positioned to underwrite the skills and capabilities of the property managers needed to operate each property. Benchmarking properties will establish references which would make identification of sustainability success more apparent. Regular and open communication between all parties from asset manager to engineering team is also a key factor.
Finally, it can be stated, that better operated buildings are more profitable. Next to lower operational costs there is evidence of garnering rental premiums, faster absorption as well es lower cap rates. Moreover, studies have shown that individuals working in green buildings are more comfortable and have fewer illness symptoms because of improved indoor air quality as well as natural lighting.
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The Finnish edition of the Investor Universe Study focuses on Investors domiciled in Finland. The study looks at real estate's role in Finnish institutional investment, describing the overall investment landscape as well as investigating investors' motivations for holding real estate, and the ways these are being implemented.
The IRR Index measures the since inception internal rate of return performance of European closed end non-listed real estate vehicles. Performance is measured net of fees and costs, and is computed on both a pooled return basis and an equally weighted basis.
Jose Monsalve, Research and Analytics Analyst at INREV joined by Jarek Morawski, Executive Director of Research & Strategy at Grosvenor Europe and Olafur Margeirsson Real Estate Strategist at Zurich Insurance, discuss the recent capital raising trends into non-listed real estate vehicles by region, investment strategy and style and structure, and what’s in store for 2019.
The Swedish edition of the Investor Universe Study focuses on investors domiciled in Sweden. The study looks at real estate’s role in Swedish institutional investment, describing the overall investment landscape as well as investigating investors’ motivations for holding real estate and the ways these are being implemented.
The INREV German Vehicles Annual Index covers the performance of non-listed real estate vehicles domiciled in Germany on an annual basis.
The 2019 version covers the full year 2018.
The Index is wholly comprised of open end core commingled equity real estate funds that have a strategy to invest across pan Europe and across multiple sectors. Funds must comply with a strict eligibility criteria for four consecutive quarters in a row to be included in the index.
Matthew Huggett and Sarah Hitchins from Allen & Overy, focus on The Senior Managers and Certification Regime's (SMCR) implications for UK managers, highlighting key issues and challenges of implementing SMCR.
The INREV index is a performance index for the European non-listed real estate funds investing 90% of GAV or more in Europe. The INREV Index measures annual Net Asset Value based performance. The information for the annual index goes back to 2001. The Annual Index is published in the third week of April. INREV members are able to analyse the INREV Index in more depth on the INREV website using the INREV Index Analysis Tool.