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The SIOR Europe Chapter AGM will take place virtually on Zoom at 4pm BST and 5pm CEST on Thursday, 28th Septemer 2023.

Registration is necessary. Please email admin@sioreurope.com for further details.

The formal part of the meeting will be immediately followed by a fireside chat with incoming SIOR Global President David Lockwood SIOR and our very own Chapter Administrator Liana Toumazou. Please stay with us online following the adjournement of the meeting.

SIOR Europe supported CUBE initiative shows UK office market could be saving 3 million tonnes of carbon annually.

SIOR Europe pledged its support to CUBE over a year ago as it entered the UK office market for the first time. Well established in France, it is the first major initiative to use gamification to tackle energy wastage in commercial buildings and improve landlord and occupier engagement to deliver results. We pledged our support, endorsing it and helping to spread the word.

It announced its first year results in an award ceremony last night. Here are the highlights:

Using an innovative approach to bring landlords, building managers and occupiers together, CUBE has mobilised participants to reduce energy consumption through changing behaviour – the logical first step to net zero. The inaugural year of the competition featured 30 participating buildings, ranging from grade II listed buildings to iconic skyscrapers like the “Walkie-Talkie” and the “Cheesegrater”. At its awards ceremony, hosted in partnership with Nuveen Real Estate and BNP Paribas Real Estate at 70 St Mary’s Axe, it unveiled impressive total savings.

Applying these savings to the circa 860 million sq ft of office space across England, for example, the UK, a staggering £3.8bn a year in energy costs could be saved, not to mention nearly 3 million tonnes in carbon reduction.

At the event, awards were given for buildings in the Historical data category, where they were challenged to compete against their own past energy consumption. The winning building at 40 Holborn Viaduct, owned by Nuveen and managed by BNP Paribas Real Estate slashed 38.8% of its energy. The iconic 20 Fenchurch Street owned by H Properties and managed by Savills snagged second place ,while XLB’s The Tootal Buildings managed by Ashdown Phillips came in third place.

Awards were also given in the AV league, which focuses on newly built or refurbished buildings, and which looks at absolute value, whereby building are given an absolute energy budget based on UK Green Building Council Office Energy Intensity Targets. The Frames owned by Workspace came out top, followed by RO's GNR8 and The Howard de Walden's Estate’s head office at 23 Queen Anne Street.

With the first year of the competition concluding, the results produced some interesting findings. The expectation was that large buildings would do significantly better, but medium-sized buildings stole the spotlight saving 18% annually, compared to 12% for large sized buildings.

Another surprising result was the BREEAM-certified buildings still had a large capacity for energy savings, with a substantial average energy saving of 22%. In all, the average energy intensity of CUBE buildings before the competition was 262 kWh/m², but after the competition, this reduced considerably to 215 kWh/m². While significant, buildings across the UK will need to continue their efforts to meet UK Green Building Office Intensity Targets of 90 kWh/m2 by 2030.

Finally, CUBE can reveal that buildings in Manchester achieved outstanding energy savings, with an average of around 20%. One Victorian building in Manchester stands out by making a significant contribution to these impressive savings, highlighting the potential for energy-efficient transformations even in Grade II listed buildings.

Further key stats:

Matthew Leguen de Lacroix, Head of Business Development EMEA, said: “We knew how successful CUBE had been in France and so when we were asked to endorse a UK version of the competition, we didn’t hesitate. SIOR is all about promoting best practice and driving the real estate sector to perform at the highest levels. We’re delighted to see such brilliant results in just 12 months and hope this galvanises more landlords and occupiers to get involved in season two.”

Mark Bruno, Chief Ambassador of CUBE, said: “Real estate contributes a disproportionate percentage of worldwide carbon emissions, but despite the industry’s best efforts, the latest Savills research still indicated that 39% of global carbon emissions still come from the sector, with operational emissions alone accounting for 28%. Our goal was to galvanise the industry into taking stronger action, using the tried and tested tool of gamification. By encouraging participants to adopt the spirit of competition, they strive to reduce the carbon footprint of their commercial buildings, while also coming together to share experiences and successes. The competition’s first year has delivered some impressive results, and we’re delighted that so many big names from across the real estate world jumped at the opportunity.”

The second season of CUBE is already in process with an ambition to show the collective impact of 100 buildings, old, new, refurbished or listed across the UK.  If you think your workplace or that of someone you know should take part, get in touch with the CUBE team.

You are invited to the last European Chapter’s Mind Your Own Business event of 2023 in Italy at Hotel The Square which is situated in the heart of the City of Milan.
Mind Your Own Business events have become the flagship of European SIOR business generation meetings and are open for members only.
We welcome partners and guests to the leisure and optional activities.

Thursday, 14th September 2023, 8h45 CET to Friday 15th September 2023 12h00 CET.

Leisure optional programme for the weekend for members and guests.

Is structural change more important than the economic cycle as a driver of the CRE market?

On Thursday, 11th May, SIOR Europe held a networking event at Carter Jonas’ Chapel Place office in association with St Catherine's College, Cambridge. Speakers tackled the question 'Is structural change more important than the economic cycle as a driver of the CRE market?'. It was attended by approximately 30 Cambridge students and 40 real estate professionals.


Daniel Francis, Head of Carter Jonas’ Research Team, gave a presentation covering issues such as the retail & office demand drivers, changes within the industrial sector, labour market constraints and the impact of AI on the industry.

Andrew Smith FRICS SIOR, President of the SIOR European Chapter and Head of Carter Jonas’ Industrial Team, followed with another presentation about ‘The Industrial/ Distribution Sector and Open Storage Market’, covering the need to embrace sustainability, exploring the concept of open storage & its benefits and the explanation of the Distribution Sector & economy.

During the networking cocktail the students had the opportunity to interact with industry professionals and clarify questions.

Andrew Smith, Partner, Commercial, Carter Jonas, commented: “It was a pleasure to welcome so many colleagues, friends and students from across our network to Carter Jonas’ head office for the opportunity to discuss the latest advancements in our sector. Understanding the drivers of demand and growth in our market, including the significant contributions from e-commerce and ‘just in case’ supply chain needs, is key to anticipating future trends. Examining these issues alongside the key challenges of rising occupancy costs, labour market constraints and ESG considerations, including net zero ambitions, made for a compelling and interesting discussion.”

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#SIORBerlin2024

Join industrial and office leaders from across the globe for our next international conference in Berlin, Germany. Come together to share tactical knowledge, hear different perspectives on emerging market trends and form strong relationships that facilitate business deals.

Click here for more information on hotel reservations and travel information as well as on optional post trip cruise.

Networking event in Montreal

The Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) attended MIPIM in force with its international and European leadership all present to meet with its global membership and address the local and international issues that affect its 3,700 members in 45 countries.

In fact, with over 50 representatives present in Cannes this year, it was a record number of SIOR members and guests at the conference, and the organisation’s stand served as a great base camp for members, their clients and contacts to meet and do business.

For the SIOR leadership, there were two key trends on the agenda, as SIOR executive vice-president Patricia Loveall explained: “Industrial is up; office is down. The depressed office market is a direct result of the COVID pandemic and at this point the status quo is not an option. There is going to be a new look and feel in the office sector as the issues facing the industry represent a challenge to our members and our task is to provide them with support. That element of the industry needs to be reimagined.”

Meanwhile, the society’s CEO, Robert Thornburgh, highlighted reasons to remain optimistic “Building, design, everything is changing and those who are nimble and accept the challenges will be the winners. Our job is to educate, collaborate and assist our members over the next five or even 10 years to work through these issues and see them emerge stronger.

“On the industrial side, the disruption of supply chains is creating new opportunities, with limitations on imports benefiting local manufacturers. We’re seeing double-digit growth in 2023, and we don’t see the market changing for industrial.”

Finally, SIOR’s European Chapter President, Andrew Smith, added: “There are positive signs that recovering demand is bringing back industrial appreciation – certainly there appears to be competition again – and the occupier market has remained resilient, with many standout companies driving demand for land.”

For SIOR, MIPIM remains an essential meeting place for its members to make new connections and broaden their reach, and Robert Thornburgh highlighted that “There’s nowhere else that brings together such a wide variety of people, companies and countries.”

While there was a lot of uncertainty ahead of MIPIM in the UK, fuelled by doomsday talk of recession, Andrew Smith was keen to point out that in reality; “Judging from the noises on the ground, it seems that the UK economy has proved more robust than many people feared. There’s still a bit of nervousness around US interest rates, and concerns that these could keep rising until the end of the year, however it looks like UK interest rates may be peaking and the industry has perhaps weathered the worst of the storm. And while it’s difficult to generalise the pan European market, it’s largely been spared the same corrections as the UK market, which has taken a big hit in the last 9 months. With all that said, there are positive signs that recovering demand is bringing back industrial appreciation (certainly there appears competition again), and the occupier market has remained resilient, with many standout companies driving demand for land.”

Other trends of note to emerge from MIPIM were on the sustainability side, as external geo-political and macro-economic pressures over the last year has seen a massive rise in the number of businesses interested in transitioning towards low carbon solutions, as well as significantly ramping up of renewable energy sources, with commitments to phase down fossil fuel reliance really making a difference. This newfound urgency has translated into a dramatic focus in financing.

For SIOR, MIPIM has been a really good opportunity to bring together the leadership of the group from both the US and Europe, to congregate with far-flung colleagues and network. SIOR is at its heart a network of like-minded people, so the conference is a natural stage for members to make new connections and broaden the organisations reach.

Climate Related Stranded Assets – Why Are They Coming Under Increasing Scrutiny and How Do We Address Them?

SIOR is pleased to continue to support and partner with IAMC.

To this end, SIOR members are participating at their forthcoming International Forum taking place between 7th - 9th June 2023.

SIOR is contributing to the Forum by providing a panel of industry experts on 8th June to discuss the potential impact on the marketplace of climate related stranded assets. To be introduced by Paul Danks SIOR FRICS and moderated by Kevin Copsey, OBE.

For the agenda, details and registration you may visit IAMC

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