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AboutAchieve your sustainability, operational efficiency and workplace improvement goals with services that align program managers, technical advisors, digital developers and physical implementors to deliver in-wall, in-hand and in-cloud solutions. Working in every asset class, we have delivered more than 100,000 "smart” projects to client portfolios worldwide.
Our data-driven solutions are quantitively proven to lower your costs, risks and carbon output—all while enhancing portfolio uptime, experience, asset life and financial valuation.
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Our smart services tie the digital to the physical solution and include:
- Program Management – "Smart transformation" brings major change in terms of parts, process and people moving across the portfolio. Our managers ensure that change is efficiently and effectively delivered from solution design through disposal.
- Solution Advisory – "Smart" components and systems are seemingly everywhere, highly branded, and hard to validate. Our advisors help you find the valuable components to meet specific goals building upon your existing infrastructure.
- System Integration – An enterprise-grade automation and optimization solution includes technologies from multiple hardware and software partners. Our engineers help you understand what you have in place today, and how your goals are best met with secure and minimized additions to existing infrastructure.
- Occupant Experience – From service to safety, enhanced visual surroundings to innovative app-directed engagements in-building experience is everything. Our combination of digital and physical solutions brings new meaning to the phrase "empowered occupant."
- Remote Repair & Maintenance – Technology is only as strong as the team behind it; and ROI mandates a remote and scalable resource base to assist what cannot be automated. Our network operations center responds to alarms, remote triages faults and issues informed work orders to address repair and maintenance at fractional costs to on-site teams.
- ESG Attainment – Regulations, mandates and forward-thinking commitments to utility reductions are globalizing. Our portfolio assessors and energy managers measure, verify and continually optimize your portfolio’s utility demands and sources.
- Workplace Technology Services – Drive digital transformation and a seamless employee experience with our full suite of technology consulting, design and project management services. We bridge the gap between real estate and IT departments providing consistent implementation across markets, projects and portfolios.
- Management Optimization - Utilize your building infrastructure to its highest potential with a direct integration within your outsourced facility management agreement. Our teams can design and price a new facilities management model utilizing all the above to fit your specific needs and goals.
Report | Creating Resilience
CBRE’s third edition of the ‘Is Sustainability Certification in Real Estate Worth it?’ research report focuses on how office sustainability certifications impact value creation, but also the role they are playing in making the office sector future fit.
This report aims to enhance the availability of data and insight into the relationship between sustainability and value in real estate, one of the sectors with the greatest potential to contribute to reducing carbon emissions. This transparency is important to real estate decision makers looking to financially justify action to meet sustainability targets.
Conclusions presented in this report show a significant correlation between sustainability certificates and buildings’ market value.
The key highlights from the report are:
1. Property owners and investors continue to pursue environmental certifications for their office properties. In the markets analysed, the certified share stands at 22% as at H1 2023, compared with 15% in 2019. Decision-making regarding certifications seems to happen later in the building development process, which reflects property owners’ considerations regarding potential changes in occupier and investor preferences, as well as legislation.
2. Certified office take-up has risen from 31% of the market in 2019, to 34% as at H1 2023, confirming the trend that sustainability is an important factor for occupiers in building selection. However, the local office supply composition restricts the scope for occupiers to choose certified buildings. In the case of mature office markets, the process of certification for new and refurbished buildings in the most sought-after locations will take time, thus impacting the availability of certified stock.
3. Certification can be a significant but not a determining factor in lowering vacancy risk. Balancing locational preferences with the sustainability agenda remains a challenge when committing to new space/location. In the short-term, the balance in the local markets will be influenced by the share of the certified space under construction. Across the sample, the certified share of the pipeline is a lot higher than the certified share of existing stock.
4. There is an enduring benefit to rents from verifiable measures to reduce carbon emissions. When the effects of building size, location, age, and renovation history are accounted for, buildings with sustainability certifications command a 7% rental premium. The rental premium exists for certified office buildings, regardless of building year. Hence, certifying both new and existing buildings ensures higher office rents compared to non-certified stock.
5. To allow for one-on-one comparison with our analysis conducted in 2022 (where the premium identified was 5.5%), we have conducted a separate analysis by limiting the sample to the same markets. For that sample, the regression model shows a 6.6% rental premium, which indicates positive development in the rental premium year-over-year.
6. Assets with lower EPC ratings generate on average lower rental levels than assets with better ratings. Countries where there is a binding legislation related to energy performance of office assets show a clearer underperformance of lower EPC ratings. In line with occupiers increasingly targeting the most energy efficient stock, property owners that invest early in retrofitting their portfolio stand to benefit the most in the long-term.
Context, Data Description and Method
The report covers 19 European countries and 40 cities. CBRE studied 19,400 lease agreements – of which 6,100 leases occurred in certified buildings and 13,300 leases occurred in non‑certified buildings.
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