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Navigating the Green Shift | Commercial Real Estate’s Role in a Sustainable Future

In Commercial Real Estate (CRE), sustainability initiatives and eco-friendly properties are not simply trending – they represent an essential step toward future-proofing the industry. Moving away from conventional notions of larger and better properties towards properties with sustainable features marks an incredible shift within CRE ethos. It underscores our urgent need to combat climate change, reduce carbon emissions and optimize energy use to create more eco-friendly properties in order to sustain our world for longer.

The Interconnection of Sustainable Solutions and CRE

Sustainable solutions and commercial real estate (CRE) share an intimate connection. According to the World Green Building Council, commercial properties account for an astounding 39% of global carbon emissions, underscoring CRE’s essential role in combatting climate change. No matter who invests or rents within large buildings – investor, tenant of such properties themselves or construction company leader- each person plays an essential part in creating sustainability solutions for future generations alike.

Advantages of Embracing Sustainability in CRE

Adopting sustainable practices in CRE can not only be ethically rewarding but can be financially strategic as well. By investing in energy-saving systems like LED lights, which lower electricity expenses while lengthening product lifespan and window tinting that lowers HVAC usage needs – sustainability truly has its rewards!

LED Lighting: A Bright Idea for Sustainability

LED lighting stands out as both cost-effective and eco-friendly, boasting long lifespans of over 70,000 hours compared to fluorescent tubes, which may only last 34,000. Plus, their lower energy use could result in major carbon emission reductions as well as energy cost savings.

Window Tinting: Cooling Costs Down

Window tinting in commercial properties is an efficient yet straightforward method of increasing energy efficiency. By reflecting sunlight away, window tinting reduces interior temperatures in buildings as well as air conditioning usage – cutting operational costs and carbon emissions simultaneously.

Tackling Climate Risk Through Energy-Efficient Infrastructure

Integrating energy-efficient systems into commercial properties has never been more critical, given climate change’s physical impacts and extreme weather events that drive operational costs up. By investing in resilient properties that use less energy than necessary to run efficiently and thereby help build sustainable futures for generations yet unborn, real estate firms can reduce risks while making contributions towards creating a lasting sustainability legacy for future generations.

Looking Ahead: The Future of Sustainable CRE

Over the coming decades, CRE will witness an increasing emphasis on sustainable development; meeting market demands greener properties while reporting carbon reductions transparently and adopting innovative technologies to further sustainability. Furthermore, as this sector evolves its attention will not solely focus on building sustainable properties but retrofitting existing buildings to comply with environmental standards as well.

Sustainability in commercial real estate (CRE) demands collaboration, innovation, and an unyielding dedication to change. By adopting sustainable practices, CRE can contribute significantly to climate change mitigation while simultaneously positioning themselves to thrive in an eco-conscious society. Now is the time for CRE industry players to recognize this imperative by taking small yet consistent actions towards making CRE more eco-friendly – creating positive impacts not just today but for generations yet to come!

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Canadian Commercial Real Estate Trends to expect in 2021

As 2020 draws to a close, Canadian CRE investors are anxiously awaiting to see what market conditions they could expect in the upcoming year. The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on businesses across industries, and the resulting increase in vacancy rates has caused concern among Canadian retail CRE investors, landlords, and tenants. But these vacancies might only be temporary. With the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine, the future of Canadian CRE is looking bright.

Two Possible Outcomes for the Office Sector

The office sector was perhaps the most heavily impacted by the health crisis. Social distancing measures have pushed businesses to adopt new technologies and enable work from home in order to continue their operations. The efficiency and cost-saving benefits of remote work have proven to be life-saving during these trying times.

As such, when it comes to the office sector predictions for 2021, expert opinions are divided. We have some experts who states that work from home is the new normal. The benefits of it are too great to overlook and businesses will stand to gain a lot from it, pandemic or not. However, on the other hand, we have those who believe that work from home is just a temporary trend, and we’ll go back to the way things were as soon as the COVID-19 vaccine is distributed. In all likelihood, the office sector in 2021 will have to accept a compromise. Work from home will continue, but not to such a great extent as in 2020. Businesses will be flexible, allowing for both remote and on-premise work.

Suburban Canadian CRE Market on the Rise

Major downtown markets in Canada have seen the biggest rise in vacancies, as was expected. Businesses with more space than needed had to downsize, while those with expansion plans had to put their expansion plans on hold. That has caused a paradigm shift that could prove beneficial to the Canadian CRE market, as many businesses have started expanding in suburban areas and provinces; such as, Alberta and Saskatchewan. More affordable, lower density locations are driving business growth outside Canada’s largest cities. These suburban locations are attracting business leaders and investors and creating new opportunities for local communities.

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2021 Looks Bright for the Canadian CRE Sector

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The Canadian CRE sector has been growing for years, managing to remain strong despite the ongoing pandemic. According to Andy Warren, a PwC real estate research director, Canada’s CRE executives are highly optimistic about 2021 as well.

In collaboration with Urban Land Institute (ULI), PwC conducted a survey on emerging real estate trends. Here are some of the most important findings from their report, which show that 2021 will be an excellent year for Canada’s CRE sector.

 

The Most Promising Commercial Real Estate Niche Assets

Canada’s most promising CRE niche assets include mixed-use commercial properties, single-family rentals, self-storage, life sciences, and production studios.

Mixed-use properties that combine retail with medical office, with traditional office or with housing will continue to thrive.

The single-family rental sector is expected to grow mostly because of the rise of remote work. People are looking for bigger properties to accommodate their home offices.

Many of those living in smaller multifamily and single-family homes are struggling with space, which is why the need for self-storage facilities is likely to grow in 2021.

Investing in life sciences will also remain strong next year, primarily due to the ongoing vaccine development for COVID-19.

Given the increasing demand for online streaming services, investing in production studios for TV and film will be quite profitable, too.

 

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