Sustainability in the real estate sector

Sustainability is defined as the harmonious balance of economic, environmental and social factors. What does this mean for the real estate industry with its focus on the long term? What solutions does the industry have for making its activities as sustainable as possible?
Climate action

Climate action as a driver of innovation

Germany’s climate targets for 2050 are ambitious. The aim is to make existing buildings nearly CO₂-neutral. Innovative solutions are helping major property managers recognise and actively manage the climate risks to which their buildings are exposed.

  • Knowledge & expertise
Risk management

Risk management: when do properties become stranded?

 The German government’s Climate Protection Plan 2050 is a policy initiative that has yet to be translated into operational reality at the commercial level. To close this gap, DENEFF (the German Industry Initiative for Energy Efficiency) and Union Investment jointly commissioned the development of a new risk management tool for the industry.

  • Basic principles
  • Asset Management

    Sustainable Asset Management

    A strong asset management is the sustainable basis for rental income.

  • Interview

    Current challenges

    Jan von Mallinckrodt reports on how Union Investment deals with challenges in the real estate industry and presents the company's solutions.


Portfolio analysis delivers important insights

Is investing in sustainability worth it for office properties? That was the question addressed in a study carried out by the International Real Estate Business School (IREBS).

  • Future issues
GRESB Rating

The GRESB rating: a global benchmark for the real estate industry

GRESB is the leading evaluation system for measuring the sustainability performance of property companies and real estate funds. The assessment method involves evaluating performance against seven different aspects to produce a GRESB score that contributes significantly to making the real estate sector more transparent on sustainability issues.

  • Knowledge & expertise
Smart meters

Case study: Deployment of smart meters

Independent consulting firm Westbridge Advisory develops strategies that help real estate companies to cut operating costs in the properties they manage.

  • Future issues


Berliner Energietage 2018

The Berliner Energietage conference is the leading event for stakeholders involved in Germany’s energy transition. It will be held at Ludwig Erhard Haus on 7–9 May and once again brings experts from politics, public administration and trade associations together with professionals from the energy and real estate industries.

Sustainable Real Assets Conferences

The sustainability of commercial properties is a hot topic that is being addressed by the real estate industry worldwide. GRESB and Siemens have now launched a global conference series on the subject. Conferences will be held on three continents in 2018 – in London, Washington DC and Sydney – with a different programme at each location.

Greenbuild 2018

Green building is a hot topic: On 17 and 18 April 2018, leading experts will gather at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Berlin to discuss the latest trends in the sustainable building sector as they take part in Europe’s most important green building conference. Greenbuild 2018 will offer a forum for addressing real estate matters and examining pressing social issues.

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