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Green Building or Sustainable Building are trendy terms in the Real Estate sector. Much more than a passing fad, it is a real restructuring and a profound change in Real Estate codes.

Those changes are more than necessary for the environment and our well-being. Our new article is thus about Green Building and its many advantages. You can also find some inspiration ideas in pictures below. ⬇️

  • Definition:

Green architecture is a term referring to the creation or restructuring of buildings, so they have minimal environmental impact.

There are several approaches to green building that involve the responsible recycling of available resources and the efficient use of eco-friendly systems.

The main objective of green architecture is above all the environmental protection. This is achieved through natural materialsbuilding design – room layout and positioning – energy management, and the living environment.

Green architecture goes beyond sustainable architecture, especially through plants and green spaces. In some green architecture projects, the buildings are dressed with green facades, for instance.

For a construction project to be considered green architecture, it should tick these three boxes:

  • Sustainability: preservation and protection of the environment,
  • Nature-inspired and build better technologies: such as honeycomb panels for better constructions,
  • Human ecology: aims to promote social relations.
  • Inspiration:

  • Advantages:

Green Building has many advantages on different levels:

Environment

Research has showed that Green Building generates:

  • Occupancy rates of up to 18%.
  • Rental incentives of 2% to 8%.
  • Energy savings of up to 15% by using self-sufficient and clean energy production methods such as solar energy.
  • More targeted and thoughtful purchases through reduced consumption and unnecessary item purchases.
  • Reduced waste and pollution.
  • More stable and sustainable environment.
  • Reduced use of fossil fuels.

Green Building allows the creation of buildings that are more resilient to climate and weather threats. These buildings are also likely to have lower maintenance, repair and insurance costs over the long term.

Social

In addition to the ecological aspect, we need to take into account the social aspect. Taking care of people is in the interest of investors and occupants:

  • Safe and secure workplace, reducing injuries and work stoppages.
  • Improved productivity through better workplace wellbeing.
  • Increased engagement of occupants.
  • Efficient use of workspaces and better maintenance of structures.
  • Enhanced property value.
  • Tax benefits for green buildings.

Implementing the necessary measures upstream will be less expensive and stressful than waiting until legislation is properly introduced, as governments are increasingly strengthening sustainability regulations.

Many architects, builders, and clients agree that sustainable and smart buildings are becoming a necessity. Indeed, according to some estimates, buildings represent approximately half of the global material and energy consumption, one sixth of freshwater, and one quarter of wood products.

As the costs of sustainable materials and products are falling, Green Building is the solution and is truly the most cost-effective type of construction and design. 🌿

Responsible Real Estate has several challenges… We have listed some of them in our new post:

  • Carbon challenge
  • Occupants health and safety challenge
  • Energy challenge
  • Business ethics challenge
Swipe to discover them ➡️

As you may already know, our company – named Properties Solutions – has been specializing in IWMS solutions since 2015. However, you are probably wondering what this acronym stands for. But, what is actually an IWMS solution?

A little hint: it’s a smart and efficient way to reduce costs while increasing productivity within your company.

And we’re sure that – even though you may not be familiar with this technical term – you know the concept!

Not convinced? Well, read this article and tell us after in comments 😉

 

  •  Definition of IWMS:

IWMS stands for Integrated Workplace Management System. The first work “Integrated” is extremely important and is the key of this concept.

The IFMA (International Facility Management Association) has defined IWMS as a platform which supports the planningdesignmanagementuse, and allocation of a company’s assets based on its localization.

IWMS solutions were created to maximize the use of workplace resources, such as:

  • Portfolio Management,
  • Facility Management,
  • Space Management,
  • Project Management,
  • Operations Maintenance and Management,
  • Relocations and development Management,
  • Asset Management (furniture and equipment).

 

  •  What does “Integrated” mean?

As we have previously seen, a huge part of the importance of this solution is concentrated in the “I” of IWMS. The term “Integrated” represents the integration, unification and sometimes the fusion of many software solutions specialized adapted to workplaces.

One of the greatest advantages of an IWMS solution is that it incorporates and adapts to the distinctive features of each activity sector.

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  •  Why to use an IWMS?

An efficient and fluid communication within a company is a key to success. IWMS solutions were precisely created for this reason.

You can see this software solutions as an evolution through the digital revolution. IWMS allows the interoperability of these solutions and ensures the data durability of a company.

You can think of it as an all-in-one digital platform especially created and designed for a company and its specific needs. Some tools related to services – for the facilities, occupants, or working processes – can also be integrated.

 

  •  Who is IWMS for ?

IWMS solutions offer a complete range of services. Used for planning and managing the services for the facilities, occupants and working processes, this kind of software solutions can be a great help for everyone regardless of the business sector.

You can be more interested in these solutions if you have the following position within your company:

  • Facilities Manager,
  • Office Manager,
  • Property Manager,
  • Security Manager,
  • Human Resources Manager,
  • Chief Happiness Officer.

 

  •  In a few words…

To sum up, an Integrated Workplace Management System is a complete digital platform which responds to all the issues of Facility Management and Property Management.

Interoperability is a crucial issue to maintain a fluid, flexible, and complementary information system, but also to ensure the singularity and security of data.

You can calmly anticipate the future and progressively equip yourself according to your needs and budget.

The digital transformation must encourage companies to equip themselves with adapted IT solutions that communicate with each other.

 

IWMS: we have so much to say on this fascinating subject… For this reason, we have decided to redact several articles in order to develop this theme and possibly answer any questions you may have following this article.

We have today defined the IWMS solutions. The next article will focus either on the different missions that can be realized thanks to it or the numerous advantages of using such an integrated system.

Stay tuned to not miss our next article dedicated to IWMS!

In the meantime, you can check our website available here https://bit.ly/3Da7uIO 🔗 and contact us for any additional information request.