A brief history of materiality and ESG at the SEC

It is interesting reading the comments [1] to the proposed ruling by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on The Enhancement and Standardization of Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors [2]. Points raised are diverse, but broadly fall within one of two camps; those vehemently opposed to the ruling, and those in support (often calling for…

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EVORA embarks on a mission to NYC

I’m excited to be leading a team as EVORA embarks on a mission to NYC to meet familiar faces and understand more about the key issues and challenges they are facing in the US market. We’ve had a tremendous reception and a full schedule of meetings. It’s not all about numbers, but we’ll be catching…

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Real Estate Sustainability Performance (& Skydiving)

Skydiving can make you anxious. You may be reluctant to try it, you may not even entertain the thought of doing it. You’d certainly want to know that safety has been thoroughly planned, that you’re dealing with an experienced crew and a plane that actually works. Once you do it though, you’ll probably love it,…

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EVORA appoints new Associate Director

I am delighted to announce that Louise Russell has been promoted to Associate Director. Louise is EVORA’s longest serving employee and we couldn’t be more thrilled to offer her this opportunity as Associate Director in recognition of her hard work. She was our first Junior Consultant when Chris, Paul and I started the company six…

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ISO 50001 2018 revision

Earlier this week, the International Standard for Energy Management Systems (EnMS), ISO 50001 was given its official reboot through the launch of the 2018 revision; updating the 2011 issue. Organisations with existing ISO 50001 certifications have up to three years to transfer to the new standard. Whereas, businesses seeking energy management accreditation for the first…

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GRESB Verification: Why it’s important our Top Tips for success

One of the more notable changes that GRESB has introduced for the 2018 survey is their approach for verifying participant’s answers. Starting in 2018, GRESB (or more accurately, their parent company GBCI), will perform a deep dive (termed Validation Plus) on all participants for a subset of questions and indicators. Previously, the approach was to…

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Real Estate Sustainability: Planning for 2018

The new year heralds new journeys for individuals and organisations as we seek to learn from experiences in 2017 and focus on opportunities that preserve and enhance ‘value’ in the myriad forms that it takes. It is a tremendously exciting 2018 for EVORA and one that has started incredibly positively. We are looking to forward…

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Understanding the GRESB 2018 Fee Structure for Real Estate Assessment

Since its inception in 2009, GRESB has been ‘free’ at the point of use for entities submitted by non-member fund managers or property companies. From 2018, non-members in selected markets[1] will be required to pay a fee of EUR3,500 or USD4,100 per entity (i.e. per submission). Fees for members have also shifted upwards by around…

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