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Lessons from the Pandemic: Accelerating Sustainability and Resilience in Commercial and Industrial Real Estate

In the post-pandemic world, resiliency planning will become crucial for long-term survival. As the industrial sector becomes more automated, more electrified and more virtual, it will become even more important to safeguard operations and assets with a sustainability strategy that delivers immediate as well as long-term ROI with minimal risk.

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Lessons from the Pandemic: Accelerating Sustainability and Resilience in Commercial and Industrial Real Estate

  1. 1. Lessons from the Pandemic: Accelerating Sustainability and Resilience Hosted by:Roundtable Discussion June 23, 2020 Steve Fischer VP of Sales Steve.Fischer@catalyze.net
  2. 2. Sustainable In addition to encompassing green building practices, sustainability looks more closely at a building’s direct and indirect impacts on the environment, on society, and the economy. (People, Planet, Profit) Resilient The capacity of companies and funds to survive and thrive in the face of social and environmental shocks and stressors. - GRESB Resilience relates not only to the real property, but also to its operations - to the businesses and tenants that occupy its space.
  3. 3. ESG encompasses issues such as resilience of assets and their operations, particularly in times of crisis. Having a strong and robust business continuity plan as a firm and within the operations of our buildings is even more relevant during the current scenario. - Peter Epping, senior managing director at Hines Source: PERE News Online, Why sustainability becomes more relevant during COVID 19
  4. 4. There is an apparent correlation between ESG and the ability to attract and retain lucrative tenants, and, in some instances, to increase rental values. - Lonneke Löwik, INREV CEO
  5. 5. What is your approach to resilience and sustainability and [how] has it changed in response to COVID-19? Has being committed to sustainability and resilience helped you to weather the crisis and plan for a post-virus rebound?
  6. 6. Are there particular sustainable practices or ESG criteria that create more value and provide a competitive advantage when attracting tenants, investors, or assessing potential acquisitions?
  7. 7. What are the financial impacts of implementing COVID- related requirements/enhancements to your properties? Are you considering new approaches to lowering operating income - like renewable energy - to offset those implemental costs related to compliance?
  8. 8. What design considerations should real estate owners be thinking about (or are currently making) in order to address ESG in the context of changes to policies around COVID? (Building airflow, efficiency, social and wellness programs)
  9. 9. What are tenants looking for when it comes to sustainable features in industrial warehousing? Is Resiliency seen as a value-add?
  10. 10. Ready to learn more? Contact us for an energy resiliency audit

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