Canadian commercial real estate assets are comparatively less exposed to the dire physical threats that extreme weather poses or has already served up in other global regions. Industry insiders suggest that could make the COVID-19 pandemic an even more instructive trial run for the ancillary risks the sector is likely to face due to climate change. Brewing calamities will bring economic and social upheaval far beyond their meteorological track, and a growing pool of investors is looking for evidence that asset and property managers are prepared to respond.
Green roofs are nothing new; however, their potential has greatly surpassed what it used to be when they first emerged from Europe as an effective means for energy conservation. But just as the pursuit of carbon-neutral has raised the bar on commercial building design, so too has it raised the bar on green roofing systems. » READ MORE
Controlling back-office costs in commercial real estate management
Commercial real estate management teams are under pressure to control expenses and operate efficiently. These goals can be challenging to balance; and understandably, teams may prefer to tackle everything in-house out of concern for data security and control. » READ MORE
Product and service suppliers to the property and facilities management sector are among eight Canadian companies on the newly released list of the 200 publicly traded companies earning the highest global revenues tied to clean economic enterprise in 2019. » READ MORE
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: COVID-19 clips 2020 investment performance
No winner has been declared in the REALPAC/MSCI challenge to peg the 2020 investment performance of directly held standing assets in the Canada Annual Property Index. That’s likely because no one foresaw a 1,000+ basis point slide in the average total return — settling at negative 4.1 percent — when the annual contest was conducted last winter. A ten-year run of capital growth abruptly reversed in the ensuing months, while income return continued on a record-setting downward trajectory. » READ MORE