Basic principles

Forward-looking thinking and action

Basic principles

Sustainability is widely regarded as a societal megatrend, but what exactly does it involve? And how can players in the real estate sector benefit?

Property quality

Property quality examined

Union Investment’s SI Check uses standardised questions to compare the sustainability of different properties. This internal tool thus enables the development potential of large portfolios to be recognised and unlocked.

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Rewards

The rewards of sustainability for tenants

In a best-case scenario, commercial tenants of sustainable properties benefit in several ways. They demonstrably improve their carbon footprint, often have more productive employees and typically make a contribution to protecting the environment.

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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.

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Handbook

The Green Building Handbook: a reference work for the real estate industry

Edited by Peter Mösle and other experts from the real estate industry, the Green Building Handbook provides a comprehensive overview of the latest insights into energy-aware, sustainable property solutions. Guidelines and practical tips are accompanied by reports on real-world projects. Comprising nine chapters, the new reference work concludes with a look at what the future holds for sustainable building.

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conundrum

The conundrum of the sustainable horse-drawn carriage

Sustainable thinking and action have become the default expectation for individuals and organisations. But what exactly does "sustainability" mean? And what are the weaknesses?

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Management

Sustainability requires effective management and a clear strategy

Managing real estate portfolios in a sustainable manner is a complex task. The priorities of the various stakeholders are varied and often conflicting. Active sustainability management with clearly defined objectives and methods is therefore crucially important.

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Sustainability

Investing in sustainability to minimise risk

Discussions around climate change have also put the real estate industry under pressure. By embracing sustainability today, the risks for real estate investment arising from changing attitudes and tougher regulation can be limited.

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Guidelines

Industry guidelines provide orientation

When it comes to sustainability and real estate, everything seems to have been said already. On closer inspection, however, the complexity of the subject becomes apparent, particularly when the emphasis is shifted from individual properties to the portfolio or, crucially, to the company that holds the properties. The most important – but also the most difficult – task is recording and assessing sustainability indicators.

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Retrospective

A brief retrospective of initiatives

The number of activities and initiatives undertaken to achieve sustainability in the real estate sector has increased significantly in recent years. Overall, it is becoming ever more apparent that this modern way of doing business is all about a combination of  environmental, economic and social factors.

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More highlights

  • Portfolio

    Portfolio analysis delivers important insights

  • ZIA

    ZIA: Achieving climate targets in a cost-effective way

  • Smart Meters

    Case study: Deployment of smart meters

  • Green lease

    Green leases create binding rules