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Thu 14 Dec 2017
Many thanks to SmartB for providing this fantastic blog focusing on how sensor technology and smart analytics can assist companies in revealing hidden savings potentials and making the energy manager's life easier.  SmartB will be joining us on the 12th April 2018 in Berlin for our next 40 Percent Symposium, where we will be talking all about positive disruption in our industry. For further details, please view the agenda here, or register to attend.   SmartB writes... 'Buildings are responsible for more than 40% of the global energy use and one third of global greenhouse gas emissions. 75% of the buildings in Germany were erected before 1979, this means they have really bad energy efficiency standards. Thus, the building sector has the largest potential for avoiding significant and cost-effective greenhouse gas emissions. Unfortunately, the facility and energy management is a rudimentary digitised sector. Due to a lack of useful tools for monitoring and...

Fri 8 Dec 2017
  We are spreading some festive cheer by offering a limited number of conference tickets for the 40 Percent Symposium 2018 at a reduced rate of just 325 EUR until the 26th December 2017.  That's a 50 EUR discount from our standard ticket rates.   The 40 Percent Symposium 2018 brings together the most influential speakers in the industry, who will be focusing on how PropTech and Disruption are shaping the future of the commercial real estate industry. Key topics will include the investment value in connectivity, how to capitalise on the Internet of Things and the Circular Economy.  There will also be an open roundtable discussion with a number of PropTech innovators, who are challenging the status quo of our industry, and examining what the future looks like.   To secure your discounted tickets, please register here.   The 40 Percent Symposium 2018 - The PropTech Conference - 12th April 2018 - Berlin

Mon 27 Nov 2017
Many thanks to LightFi for providing this fantastic blog focusing on the simplicity of reducing our energy use which will lead to creating a more sustainable future. LightFi will be joining us on the 12th April 2018 in Berlin for our next 40 Percent Symposium, where we will be talking all about positive disruption in our industry. For further details, please view the agenda here, or register to attend.   LightFi writes... 'One simple way for us to achieve global emission reduction is to reduce our energy use. We don't need to change our lifestyle, but rather use technology to help us waste less energy, for example by turning things off when they are not needed.  You're probably thinking this should be easy. Unfortunately, we often forget to do this, especially at work, where it isn’t clear whose responsibility it is, or if we’re even allowed. Neither do current solutions provide much of an incentive. The price and effort in making your home or office smart and more...

Fri 10 Nov 2017
At our 2018 PropTech Conference on the 12th April in Berlin, one of our key sessions will focus on building connectivity and the impact this is having on sustainability.  Here, 40 Percent Symposium 2018 Host Dr. Birgit Memminger-Rieve from ES EnviroSustain gives her thoughts on the topic, and opens up the debate ahead of the conference session.             From connected buildings to interconnected buildings....Some thoughts on how this could be sustainable We’ve all heard a lot about IoT, PropTech and how buildings of the future may look.  Those who still think that a building is just four walls and a roof may need to adjust their thinking. Really smart buildings connect everything from infrastructure to devices to make your buildings alive, technology use more efficient and alter the way we live and work together. Just to give you a couple of examples: you can have your employees securely move about the workplace with their smart device,...

Fri 3 Nov 2017
Many thanks to Vanti, for this thought provoking blog around how focussing on user experiences can lead to better and healthier Smart buildings . Vanti will be joining us on the 12th April 2018 in Berlin for our next 40 Percent Symposium, where we will be talking all about positive disruption in our industry. For further details, please view the agenda here, or register to attend.   Vanti writes... "One of the main reasons we find working as Smart building Master Systems Integrators so rewarding is the positive impact our efforts have on the people who live and work in these spaces. We believe that the key to getting the most out of our projects in terms of human benefit lies in understanding exactly how people are going to use the buildings - whether they’re a resident, employee, or visitor.  What is building UX? Building User Experience (or UX for short) describes how people interact with buildings and the technology contained within them as...

Sat 28 Oct 2017
    40 Percent Symposium Founder John Pike, talks about the significance of PropTech to the commercial real estate industry, and why the topic is our central focus for our 40 Percent Symposium 2018 on the 12th April in Berlin.   Disruption is real.  We only have to look outside of the commercial real estate sector to see the impact disruptive organisations such as Airbnb and Uber have had on their own sectors.  These innovators have challenged the status quo and ultimately generated a permanent shift in how their sector does business.  Now it’s the turn of the real estate sector to shake off its traditionally conservative shackles, and embrace the changing face of our industry - PropTech. Since our last conference in Berlin in November 2016, we have seen the emerging force of PropTech disruption in both the commercial and residential real estate sectors.  PropTech has the ability to truly disrupt the industry in the way FinTech has impacted...

Fri 20 Oct 2017
Many thanks to Lydia Dutton, Co-Founder of Loop for this thought provoking blog around driving innovation within Corporates and beyond. Lydia and her colleagues at Loop will be joining us on the 12th April 2018 in Berlin for our next 40 Percent Symposium, where we will be talking all about positive disruption in our industry. For further details, please view the agenda here, or register to attend.   Lydia writes.....  "LOOP  are a prop tech circular economy consultancy and digital platform disrupting the built environment through the reuse and sharing of materials and equipment. Real Estate, ‘ripe for disruption’ since 2014. That’s if Ecosia has served me correctly (use Ecosia by the way, they plant a tree for every search made). In three years of being ‘ripe’ and ready, disclosed investment in prop tech, a powerful tool for disruption and innovation, has risen by over 132%, up to $2.7bn (CB Insights). This blog explores one emerging trend...

Thu 12 Oct 2017
40 Percent Symposium Founder John Pike, visited Expo Real 2017 with our 2018 Symposium host Dr. Birgit Memminger-Rieve from ES EnviroSustain.  Here John tells us about their visit to the show, and shares some exciting news about the forthcoming 40 Percent Symposium 2018...     Birgit and I spent a great couple of days at Expo Real last week in Munich. We were able to touch base with many of the people speaking at the Symposium next April in Berlin, including Benjamin Kott of Energy Deck. As ever Benjamin pushed the boundaries of what we might be talking about. We shall find out more in April at the Symposium, along with Benjamin’s latest IoT gadget, the connected kettle! We had some very good discussions with Marcus Herget, CEO of DGNB and some of his colleagues including Hermann Horster, Board Member and Head of Sustainability at BNP Paribas Real Estate.  We are delighted to announce DGNB as one of our content sponsors for the Circular Economy and Health...

Fri 24 Mar 2017
We are delighted to announce that the next 40 Percent Symposium will take place on the 19th April at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Berlin, Germany.   40 Percent Symposium host Dr. Birgit Memminger-Rieve from ES EnviroSustain comments: "Hosting the 40 Percent Symposium in Berlin in 2016 was just a great experience, with interesting topics and a wonderful audience.  We are very proud to be hosting the next Symposium in Berlin.  Keeping pace with ESG matters, discussing innovative approaches, and above all, having in mind viable solutions to face climate change and link real estate value with ESG performance – this is our message for April 2018." If you would like to take advantage of our early bird ticket rate, please click here.

Mon 9 Jan 2017
I recently had the pleasure of speaking at a conference organised by the Knowledge Transfer Network with Warwick University. The challenge for the day was innovation and how it could improve building assets performance. My presentation looked at some of the trends I have seen recently at the 40 Percent Symposia in Germany where the focus has been on  Regulation Performance Management Improved Value and Lower Depreciation Business Opportunity Customer Experience Sponda plc of Finland brought this altogether rather well at the last Symposium in Berlin with their product ....Spondability. This has 6 pillars. Energy & Environmental Efficiency Property Location Enhancing the Customer Experience Investing in Employees Transparent and Ethical Operations...

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