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OISD Strengthens Links with Built Environment Professionals: RICS and EXPO REAL Conferences

October 2007

Two recent conferences show how OISD and the International Land Markets Group (based in the Department of Real Estate and Construction) is strengthening the already close links with built environment professionals by focusing on important sustainability-based research.

RICS Conference

On Monday the 8th October, the Department of Real Estate and Construction at Oxford Brookes University presented to an audience of 50 RICS members and invited guests on the subject of Sustainable Property and Construction. The Department and its related research institute, the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD), has a strong background in research which focuses on this area and in a series of papers, the Brookes  team discussed the current issues facing the profession if we are to meet our responsibilities for a sustainable environment. 

The programme was as follows (links to PDFs of presentations):

The conference, which was chaired by Professor Nick French, covered the issues concerned from a number of viewpoints, but the central theme was the requirement to understand sustainability and to appreciate how the players in the market are reacting to the new regulations and initiatives to address energy efficiency; the efficient use of resources, and the changing perception of the public and industry on what is acceptable today. It is clear that we are in a period of change and transition and it is important that the industry carries out detailed research to identify the most appropriate way in which this serious challenge can be addressed worldwide. A particular emphasis was placed on recent findings from the Oxford Brookes Reports for RICS on the ‘Green Profession’ and ‘Property Investment in China’.

EXPO REAL Conference

The EXPO REAL sustainability  panel (2nd left, Tim Dixon)

This year at EXPO REAL, held in Munich from 8-10 October 2007, one of the key themes was sustainability in the property sector. Professor Tim Dixon, Co-Director of OISD, was invited to sit on the expert discussion panel at the conference opening entitled ‘Sustainability and investments – A burden or a new opportunity for the real-estate industry?’.  Tim Dixon highlighted findings from the recent OISD ‘Green Profession’ report commissioned by the RICS. The panel also included Andreas Schiller, Editor-in-Chief, CompEtencE Circle and Europe Real Estate, Bergisch Gladbach; Dr. Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Urban Affairs, Berlin; Dieter Ullsperger, Managing Director, aurelis Real Estate, Eschborn;  and Peter Wynne Rees, The City Planning Officer, City of London Corporation, London. Dr Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, stressed the importance of the opening discussion in the conference programme:

“EXPO REAL is one of the most important, if not the most important trade fair for the real estate industry, it is a global market place. EXPO REAL defined the theme of sustainability very early on. Climate change and reliable energy supplies are both important topics which will play a big role in this century.”

EXPO REAL, is the largest trade fair and conference of its kind in Europe, and is an international platform for networking on projects, investment and finance. It covers the entire spectrum of the property sector and brings together players from all the key markets from Europe, to Russia, the Middle East and the US. An extensive conference programme, featuring around 400 speakers, provides an in-depth overview of current trends and innovations in property investment and finance. Taking part in EXPO REAL 2007 were 1,823 exhibitors from 43 countries and 23,800 visitors from 77 countries. Visit the website for more information including a video for the panel session.



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