Sustainabilty and flexible work spaces fast becoming “must haves”

Philip RossI’ve just read a great paper written by Philip Ross an internationally renowned consultant who is an expert in technology’s impact on the work place.

What’s great about his point of view is that it is both visionary and practical.

I love that; when new ideas have a very immediate practical application. And particularly in the case of business, improve results.

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Kiwi ingenuity & low-cost green solutions

I’ve often talked about the trends towards sustainability and green buildings and how this is something that is with us to stay. Work environments that are both green and user friendly are definitely in demand with employees, and also with organisations wanting to walk the talk around their commitment to the planet and people. Being green is…

Kiwi ingenuity & low-cost green office leasing solutionsI’ve often talked about the trends towards sustainability and green buildings and how this is something that is with us to stay.

Work environments that are both green and user friendly are definitely in demand with employees, and also with organisations wanting to walk the talk around their commitment to the planet and people. Being green is Continue reading “Kiwi ingenuity & low-cost green solutions”

Green, green & greener… What impact are environmental goals having on commercial property?

Today I will talk about the rise and rise of green buildings. In the past couple of months alone, I have been to the openings of three new green star rated buildings in Auckland. They…

Why crystal clear lease contracts are so, so criticalThe phrase “green shoots” has really taken hold as optimism about an economic recovery increases. It’s a great turn of phrase that has captured the imagination and there are definitely signs of recovery in some quarters. But I believe we still a need a few seasons before Continue reading “Green, green & greener… What impact are environmental goals having on commercial property?”

Making sure green doesn’t become mean

Just on a year ago, I posted a blog about the advent of green leases, in line with the increasing trends towards Green Star rated buildings. I was predicting that…

Making sure green doesn't become meanJust on a year ago, I posted a blog about the advent of green leases, in line with the increasing trends towards Green Star rated buildings.

I was predicting that New Zealand would follow Australia and see more and more green leases being agreed.

That is certainly proving to be the case. But as with any changes, green leases are not without their challenges. Continue reading “Making sure green doesn’t become mean”

Landlords woo tenants

High vacancy levels in the commercial lease market are starting to see landlords make some real efforts to woo tenants. I’ve started to see landlords for a number of buildings undertaking…

High vacancy levels in the commercial lease market are starting to see landlords make some real efforts to woo tenants.

I’ve started to see landlords undertaking refurbishments to make their buildings more attractive to tenants. There is also a trend to not simply take on cosmetic improvements, but to  Continue reading “Landlords woo tenants”

Green Leases

Going green is fast shifting from being an optional extra to core business. Across the Tasman, in the corporate world, green leases are becoming widespread; and there is a financial imperative, and incentive, in ensuring your lease has environmental sustainability built in.

Going green is fast shifting from being an optional extra to core business.

Across the Tasman, in the corporate world, green leases are becoming widespread; and there is a financial imperative, and incentive, in ensuring your lease has environmental sustainability built in.

I’m expecting in the very short term that Continue reading “Green Leases”

Thinking Small About Going Green

More and more significant building developments are setting out to achieve five star green building ratings. Large insurance companies, banks, and energy companies are leading the charge to go green. And there is no doubt that these buildings are both grand and green, costing much more than the average. So what happens to the rest of us? Do we…

More and more significant building developments are setting out to achieve five star green building ratings. Large insurance companies, banks, and energy companies are leading the charge to go green.

And there is no doubt that these buildings are both grand and green, costing much more than the average.

So what happens to the rest of us? Do Continue reading “Thinking Small About Going Green”

When is a GREEN Building only skin deep?

Like the ‘leaky building’ issue, all is not what it seems when it comes to claims about being a green building

Now that sustainability has become front page news and a potential source of income, everyone is scrambling to go green.

So how do we tell whether someone is genuine, or simply doing a quick ‘greenwash’ to look good? How do we spot a building that is truly green? Continue reading “When is a GREEN Building only skin deep?”

Getting Savvy About Sustainability

In 2008, all the increased talk and media coverage about sustainability is set to go to a new level, as government and consumers alike start to demand action.

In New Zealand, government procurement policies and new standards around carbon emissions will increasingly become the concern of CFOs as they grapple with the likely impacts on the balance sheet, and strategic direction of their organisations. It’s time for debate to end and action to begin, whether we like it or not, to integrate sustainable practices as smart and savvy business practices.