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Offices in Netherlands not on track for sustainability goals of 2023

Four in ten Dutch offices do not yet have an energy label C or higher, as is required by law next year. At the current pace, a significant proportion of the offices will not meet the requirement next year either.

About 57 percent of the offices already have at least energy label C, according to a report published Friday by real estate advisor Colliers. More than six months ago, that share was still 51 percent.

One in ten offices has an energy label D or lower. The owners of those buildings therefore still have to invest in sustainability. Another one-third of all offices have no energy label at all.

Colliers estimates that about half of those unlabeled buildings do meet the requirements so that the owner only needs to apply for an energy label. But the other half does require investment. In total, 16 million square meters of office space still need to be made more sustainable.

It has been known since 2011 that the sustainability requirement for offices is coming. Yet many office owners don’t seem to be in a rush to make adjustments. According to the report, many of them do not expect municipalities and environmental services to strictly enforce the rule.

On paper, they can impose hefty fines and even close offices. But due to a large number of laggards, it is uncertain whether this will also happen on a large scale.

It is also important to strictly enforce the rule with a view to making other types of buildings more sustainable, says Jeroen Bloemers of Colliers. “If you don’t enforce now, what will happen if you say in two years that all stores or all hotels must have at least label C? You only have one chance to do it right.”


Knowing your Building’s Impact: What’s Stopping You?

To reduce the environmental impact of a building, the first step is having a clear and active understanding of how it is performing. However, achieving this kind of insight is not so straightforward. Do you have the right metering systems in place to collect the data? Does your tenant trust you with their consumption details? In this blog, you’ll be taken through the various hurdles that property owners and managers must overcome in order to have a more accurate picture – so that you can begin creating a truly energy-positive building.

We reached out to dozens of sustainability managers, property managers and other stakeholders across the real estate sector. From these conversations, we’ve identified four primary barriers:

  • Lack of smart metering in place
  • Tenant unwillingness to share data
  • Gaps or delays in data collection
  • No energy management dashboard

Our research indicates that lack of smart metering and tenant unwillingness are the most common hurdles. However, as Natasha Gracey, Senior Portfolio Management Analyst, notes:

“I think it’s hard to take one from this list without thinking about the rest. Without smart utility metering it’s difficult to get the data from some tenants, which automatically creates that gap in data collection. And if there’s no data, there’s nothing to manage… it’s a vicious circle!”

What, then, ought to be done? For older buildings that lack up-to-date metering infrastructure, the priority should be upgrading these systems to achieve the capacity to gather accurate, real-time consumption measurements. However, this foundation is only the beginning. A strong relationship with your tenant is additionally critical to ensuring you can obtain the data necessary to inform the green investments your building needs.

Tenant engagement is an often overlooked element of ESG that property owners are increasingly turning to in order to overcome this obstacle. By providing occupants the means to acquire transparent and actionable insights, you can receive authorisation for data sharing in return. At hello energy, we’ve witnessed an approval rate of over 85% across all of our clients by doing exactly that. To learn more on the importance of tenant engagement, check out our white paper, The Art of Alignment.

Of course, obtaining the data is inconsequential without being able to clearly visualise it and then capitalising on that knowledge. With both tenant and landlord equipped with this information, all parties can do the heavy lifting together, hand-in-hand. Having a user-friendly and engaging energy management dashboard will give you and your occupiers the perfect tool to transform your building into a hub of sustainable and innovative productivity.

Have you encountered any of these or other related obstacles? We’d love to hear about your own experiences. Share your insights with us in the comment section here.

Push the envelope with proptech

Over the past year, technology has helped us stay connected. Real estate and property development are uniquely positioned to benefit from proptech & big data.

Technology not only helps integrate information or facilitate accurate measurements, but it can also create more awareness and engaging, fun experiences. Which proptech solutions or technology can push the envelope of innovation?

In our latest whitepaper, we highlight aspects such as the importance of accurate, real-time data and the elements that can make gamification successful, such as engagement and interaction. Involving tenants, when it’s done right, creates a collaborative rather than a combative relationship. Download our whitepaper to learn exactly how you can do that.

Optimise your portfolio strategy by transformational thinking

With a growing tenant demand for more flexible spaces and a legal push from governments for ESG reporting, it’s become increasingly challenging to decide what’s next. Should you consolidate, diversify or optimise?

You’ll need more drastic measures than you might have anticipated to start a true transformation.

According to McKinsey, reimagining offices and the way we work will require some transformational thinking. “Leading organisations will boldly question long-held assumptions about how work should be done and the role of the office.
They must use this moment to break from the inertia of the past by dispensing with suboptimal old habits and systems. A well-planned return to offices can use this moment to reinvent their role and create a better experience for talent, improve collaboration and productivity and reduce costs.”

In short, real estate companies should consider different strategies, be more flexible and optimise their game plan to become future-proof. Want to know strategies you can apply? You’ll find more examples in our whitepaper.

hello energy wins x category Decarbonize Real Estate challenge

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hello energy among finalists Decarbonize Real Estate Challenge

hello energy was selected as one of the 16 finalists among nearly 80 applicants for the Decarbonize Real Estate Challenge. We presented our solution live during the ‘Final showcase event’ in Frankfurt on November 25.

With 40% of global carbon emissions, the real estate industry has the highest carbon footprint of any industry. The Decarbonize Real Estate Challenge, organised by Ampolon, aims to connect innovative solutions with industry leaders to get real estate on track towards net-zero emissions. Out of nearly 80 applicants, 16 start-ups from a total of four categories will presented their innovative solutions that significantly contribute to CO2 reduction in real estate.

Read more on the winners of the event here.

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