Sustainability in the real estate sector

Sustainability is defined as the harmonious balance of economic, environmental and social factors. What does this mean for the real estate industry with its focus on the long term? What solutions does the industry have for making its activities as sustainable as possible?
Climate action

Climate action as a driver of innovation

Germany’s climate targets for 2050 are ambitious. The aim is to make existing buildings nearly CO₂-neutral. Innovative solutions are helping major property managers recognise and actively manage the climate risks to which their buildings are exposed.

  • Knowledge & expertise
Brucklyn Erlangen

Climate neutral development: Brucklyn in Erlangen

Germany is aiming to make its building stock virtually climate neutral by 2050. In south Erlangen, the Jost Group is already making this vision a reality with its Brucklyn development. The 21,000 sq m living and working complex is scheduled for completion in 2020 and will deliver state-of-the-art climate neutrality. Digitisation of the residential and work areas is also a declared objective of the development.

  • Property market
  • Asset Management

    Sustainable Asset Management

    A strong asset management is the sustainable basis for rental income.

  • Interview

    Current challenges

    Jan von Mallinckrodt reports on how Union Investment deals with challenges in the real estate industry and presents the company's solutions.


The Green Building Handbook: a reference work for the real estate industry

Edited by Peter Mösle and other experts from the real estate industry, the Green Building Handbook provides a comprehensive overview of the latest insights into energy-aware, sustainable property solutions. Guidelines and practical tips are accompanied by reports on real-world projects. Comprising nine chapters, the new reference work concludes with a look at what the future holds for sustainable building.

  • Basic principles
Risk management

Risk management: when do properties become stranded?

 The German government’s Climate Protection Plan 2050 is a policy initiative that has yet to be translated into operational reality at the commercial level. To close this gap, DENEFF (the German Industry Initiative for Energy Efficiency) and Union Investment jointly commissioned the development of a new risk management tool for the industry.

  • Basic principles
Smart meters

Case study: Deployment of smart meters

Independent consulting firm Westbridge Advisory develops strategies that help real estate companies to cut operating costs in the properties they manage.

  • Future issues


Berliner Energietage 2018

The Berliner Energietage conference is the leading event for stakeholders involved in Germany’s energy transition. It will be held at Ludwig Erhard Haus on 7–9 May and once again brings experts from politics, public administration and trade associations together with professionals from the energy and real estate industries.

Sustainable Real Assets Conferences

The sustainability of commercial properties is a hot topic that is being addressed by the real estate industry worldwide. GRESB and Siemens have now launched a global conference series on the subject. Conferences will be held on three continents in 2018 – in London, Washington DC and Sydney – with a different programme at each location.

Greenbuild 2018

Green building is a hot topic: On 17 and 18 April 2018, leading experts will gather at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Berlin to discuss the latest trends in the sustainable building sector as they take part in Europe’s most important green building conference. Greenbuild 2018 will offer a forum for addressing real estate matters and examining pressing social issues.

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