Looking Back at the Top CRE3 Forum Posts in 2010

December 20, 2010

As 2010 draws to a close we want to provide a list of CRE3 Forum’s Top Posts of the year based on page views of our readers.

As you will see they fall into a few key themes of:

  • The impact corporate real estate has on company financial performance
  • Move to sustainability being integrated into CRE strategy
  • Role information systems play to support CRE department objectives

We hope you will take a look at the past posts and use some of the highlighted “best practices” as you prepare your department to support your organization in 2011 and beyond.

The Impact of Real Estate on Corporate Assets and Financial Performance

“The More Things Change in the CRE Industry…” Evolving Trends in the Coming Decade

“GREEN is the New BLACK”…Sustainability Comes to Corporate Real Estate

The Convergence in Corporate Real Estate

How Corporate Real Estate Can Boost Your Company’s Share Price

Solutions to Manage an International Corporate Real Estate Portfolio

Leased corporate real estate portfolios to be overhauled by new accounting standards

Tomorrow’s ‘Workplace of the future’ Impact on Today’s CRE Strategy

Budgeting Season Fodder – Preparing Your CRE Portfolio and Your Department for Performance Measurement in 2011

2010 Midterm Election Results Impact on the Economy and Corporate Real Estate

“You Don’t Pay For What You Don’t Use” — Strategies to address the efficiency, economics and environmental sustainability of your real estate portfolio

Corporate Real Estate Benchmarking White Paper NOW AVAILABLE

Are You Ready? The Role of Information Systems to Develop a CRE Strategy and Support Your Organization

“CRE Information System Tools are Cool but Data Integrity and Business Processes Rule”

Best wishes for a joyous holiday season and the hope for a personally and professionally prosperous New Year!!!

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“The More Things Change in the CRE Industry…” Evolving Trends in the Coming Decade

December 9, 2010

As the first decade in the 21st century draws to a close the “CRE3 Forum” offers some insight on trends and changes the corporate real estate industry might anticipate in the coming decade.

While it is likely many of the cited dynamics will occur, some may not and others will emerge but, the most important thing to consider for you as a CRE professional is that change in our industry will happen and it’s your job and responsibility to find out how it will affect your organization. It is more likely there will be a convergence of trends creating complex issues that will impact your role to deliver efficient facilities in the right place at the right time at the right cost.

The companies of which you are employed are counting on you to be the subject matter expert on corporate real estate ready to anticipate and act on the inevitable changes associated with occupancy costs, sustainability and technology among others that are coming in the next few years. Read the rest of this entry »


“GREEN is the New BLACK”…Sustainability Comes to Corporate Real Estate

December 2, 2010

The facts are irrefutable that America’s companies have embraced sustainable business practices that are translating into corporate real estate strategies.

According to the recent UN Global Compact-Accenture CEO Study1, “93% of CEOs believe that sustainability issues will be critical to the future of their business and 96% of CEOs believe that sustainability issues should be fully integrated into the strategy and operations of a company.”

The role of corporate real estate to adhere to the C-suite’s commitment to sustainability results from:

A)   Real estate is a significant component of a company’s Plant, Property and Equipment net value and often comprise 20-50%+ of corporate assets on the balance sheet (see CRE3 Forum post, “Impact of Real Estate on Corporate Assets and Financial Performance”2)

B)   Buildings and facilities account for 70% of electricity consumption and 40% of greenhouse gas (GHC) emissions

C)   Owned and leased CRE portfolios house a company’s most precious resource – their staff. And, enable operations therefore, it is critical that they be managed in the most efficient manner possible.

But, the most important underlying reason for the movement to sustainability beyond social responsibility, environmental stewardship and its relationship to alternative workplace strategies is that it makes good business sense by accelerating near and long-term value creation. Read the rest of this entry »