How are leading European and US real estate investors incorporating sustainability criteria into their investment strategies? Are there already robust business models out there? If so, what do they look like?
The property sector can find answers to these questions at the first Sustainable Investment Conference, which is being held at the EXPO REAL commercial property show in Munich and will focus on the commercial dimension of the sustainability megatrend. The conference includes contributions by fund management companies such as the UK's Igloo Regeneration and Hamburg-based Union Investment Real Estate AG, alongside developers like ICADE, OVG Projektonwikkeling and Hammerson, on how to construct a sustainable portfolio and the economic viability of sustainable investment. Special guest and LEED expert Jerry Yudelson played a key role in developing the LEED certificate for sustainable properties as a member of the US Green Building Council. Dr. Ursula Weidenfeld, editor-in-chief of "impulse" business magazine, will moderate the conference.
A further highlight is the awards ceremony for the 2008 Prime Property Award, a competition which attracted a total of 90 real estate projects from 18 countries. With prize money totalling