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Why Green Buildings Are Rarely As Efficient As Promised

One of the most consistent, most frustrating problems in the building operations world is just how infrequently buildings in the real world live up to the operational efficiency promised on the drawing board. In real estate, this is so common that we’ve given the discrepancy a name: We call it the “efficiency gap”. Nailing down …

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How virtual reality is already changing commercial real estate

It’s not you; virtual reality is just in a weird place right now. After decades of attention in novels, think pieces, and decidedly 2D science fiction movies, virtual reality is suddenly and bewilderingly real, and yet it sometimes feels like nobody noticed. In commercial real estate, though, someone is noticing, and it is already having an …

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What Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods means for CRE

Though it won’t close until later this year, markets have already had a significant reaction to Amazon’s Whole Foods purchase. This is Amazon’s biggest deal to date, and it could mean long-term changes in the commercial real estate industry. In the short term, the deal exerted upward pressure on both companies’ stocks and downward pressures …

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How autonomous vehicles could change the face of commercial real estate

Photo Credit: Grendelkhan This blog post draws on research Aquicore conducted for its 2017 whitepaper CRE Tech Horizons: Infrastructure.  — Among the technical marvels that are appearing on the horizon right now, perhaps none has been discussed and written about as breathlessly as the self-driving car. There is a little more room for skepticism than some …

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How the WELL certification is pushing buildings to care for their people

Most building certifications focus on things that are pretty easy to quantify. They measure things like water use, energy efficiency, and access to public transit options. By contrast, the International WELL Building Institute aims to measure something a little more elusive: How well are the people who live, work, and play in a building being …

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To keep shopping malls profitable, operators are getting creative

A few weeks ago, we wrote about the problem of mall death and what to do about it. Considering the bleak signs coming out of the brick-and-mortar retail industry, and malls in particular, it’s easy to write malls off as a dying industry. That doesn’t quite capture the whole picture. Not every mall is struggling, …

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