Sustainability continues to be a top priority for leaders across the globe, including newly elected U.S. President Joe Biden who has taken a whole-of-government approach to combating the ongoing climate crisis. In January 2021, Biden announced a series of executive orders, including his international and domestic climate change agenda that calls for investing in renewable and clean energy, rejoining the Paris Agreement, and achieving a net-zero emission economy by 2050. Nothing specific in these executive orders appear to point to the commercial real estate sector, but as plans are set in motion these actions will likely set a broader precedent for all industries. Here are some trends to look for as it relates to office:
As a corporate priority, companies are now making tangible moves to create value through Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG). But what does it really mean beyond the buzzwords and terminology? In KBS’ three-part series, we’ll take a deep dive into each element of ESG — and its strategic application to the commercial real estate industry (CRE).
A lot of buzz is being generated these days around the importance of sustainability. So much so, that headline-grabbing efforts, including the rise of environmental activism and the surge in climate-change advocacy, have inspired builders and tenants to strive for greater energy efficiency. It’s a trend that continues to gain crucial momentum.
Smart cities are no longer visions of the future, they are here today and look a little different from what the world envisioned pre-2000. Today’s smart cities take advantage of Big Data and Internet of Things (IoT) to create better, cleaner and more efficient urban hubs, making for a better quality of personal and professional life than would otherwise be possible.
Today, the thought of commercial real estate elicits visions of concrete-and-steel-laden structures. While the use of traditional materials continues to play the largest role in construction, timber, brick and other renewable natural materials have captured the imaginations of eco-conscious architects and tenants looking to break free of the conventional office space.
Despite being more than a quarter into the calendar year, the clock continues to tick closer to the drop deadlines for net-zero carbon emissions at local, state, federal and global levels. Commercial real estate has prioritized industry trends in environmental, social and governance (ESG) to lead decarbonization efforts worldwide. CRE — a significant contributor to global carbon emissions — but an industry poised to make significant an impact for reversal — is leading the charge.
Walkability has become an increasingly important strategy for businesses and employers. Prior to COVID-19 restrictions, these “live, work, play” destinations were rising in demand and commanding a premium that companies and individuals/families are willing to pay.
For the first time an end to the COVID-19 pandemic is in sight. The daily case count has fallen substantially as more and more people have gotten the vaccine and there’s much talk about returning to “normal.” For millions of workers that means going back to downtown business centers and suburban office parks but make no mistake: the pandemic has left its mark, the new “normal” will be very different from the old one.