Effective asset management and maintenance – RABO Training Programme

It is your aim to be a world-class company? The maintenance and asset management strategy has a critical role to play in obtaining this objective. Your strategy must define the processes required to achieve the top most possible degree of maintenance management and cost effectiveness, profitability while reducing life-cycle costs of new assets and existing assets. Maintenance has a significant cost driver role, the guarantee for reliability and quality of service. Assets deteriorate and if you do not maintain, you will deteriorate your service, loose customers and in the end lose your assets.

From the principles of an effective asset management and maintenance to scheduling and controlling maintenance works, this training programme will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the topic through a unique approach illustrated by Steve Gladwin, Director of Nodus Solutions Limited a privately owned Facility Management company based in the UK. [Read more…]

Sustainable Development

In building development, sustainability is one of the vaster and complex topics which requires careful consideration from the very start, given the significance of potential environmental impact. Recently, a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) was carried out to evaluate the application of the Directive in all Member States since the date of its entry into application (21 July 2004). The Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) represents an important apparatus for integrating environmental considerations into the preparation and adoption of initiatives towards promoting sustainable development.

The current assessment of the SEA Directive encompasses discoveries and conclusions from the two preceding Commission implementation reports to the Council and the European Parliament, prepared under Article 12(3) of the SEA Directive.

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Further proof that EU funding for energy efficiency is not just for housing

The focus of European policies aimed at a competitive low-carbon economy is buildings. Minimizing the energy footprint of existing buildings and achieving close to zero energy buildings represent the core of the Energy Efficiency Directive. In accordance to the EU’s commitment energy efficiency first policies, Member States are looking to adopt actions to make energy savings from the building sector.

Encouraging investment in sustainable energy projects is one of the strategic priorities of European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). But how stakeholders in the building sector can collaborate to transform the European building stock into a highly efficient environment?

Castellum provides a great example on how a private real estate developer can use EU funds and European Investment Bank (EIB) credit for constructing office buildings with maximum energy efficiency. Recently, the EIB has signed a EUR 75 million loan with real estate company Castellum, for the construction of two “Nearly zero-energy buildings” in Sweden. The loan was made possible by the support of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), central pillar of the European Commission’s Investment Plan for Europe.

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Managing Risk in Facilities Management

Every building and every business is faced with a number of risks. Risks are a part of our daily lives. The results of some of the smaller risks might not be important. However the consequences of a major risk such as fire or flood can be catastrophic and will seriously affect the building, the business and people.

What are risks? How can they be identified and assessed before they occur? What is necessary for a good risk assessment and analysis? A clear understanding of how the business works and what is quickly needed in the event of a disruption could mean the difference between success and failure of the business. This is why we organize one-day training – Understanding and Managing Risk in Facilities Management on May 11, 2017.

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America’s Rental Housing: Evolving Markets

As recently as 1990, Americans earned only 0.5 per cent of their personal income from rents. Now they earn 4.5 per cent of their income from this source.

Since February 2007, more than 12 per cent of the total growth of personal income can be attributed to rising rental income, even though rents were only responsible for 1.5 per cent of personal income ten years ago. Put another way, rental income has more than tripled in the past decade during a period when employee compensation only grew by 31 per cent.

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Outlook 2017: European equities – investment opportunities

The year 2016 has been particularly unpredictable for investors, which is not surprising if we take into consideration that it has been a year of important geopolitical events, such as Brexit or the US Presidential Election. Equity markets saw a noteworthy sector rotation: sectors such as consumer staples and energy significantly outperforming in the first half of the year. The unexpected outcome of the British referendum was a turning point for equity markets: financials started to outperform as valuations reached extreme levels and inflation expectations started to rise. Events like this can have repercussions on the performance of the equity markets.

Forecast for 2017?

It is safe to assume that European equities have an excellent opportunity to break out of the trading range where they have been stuck for the past couple of years. We therefore highlight three reasons to be optimistic for the asset class in 2017.

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