Many thanks to Paul Sutcliffe for providing this insightful blog based on 'The Future of Work'. Paul will be joining us at our next 40 Percent Symposium on the 12th April 2018. For further details, please view the agenda here, or register to attend.
Recent research by Oxford university estimates that a staggering 35% of jobs could be replaced by automation in the next two decades. The growing influence of the Generation Y/millennials who are likely to represent 75% of the workforce by 2025, is already having an impact on working practices and will define the requirements of the buildings they occupy. If the last 10 years have been about cost reduction, hot desking and resource utilisation, now it is about flexible space that enables creativity, collaboration, learning and socialising. In short, the combination of rapidly advancing technology with a changing work culture will see a move away from honest work for honest pay to meaningful work in a meaningful environment. This cannot...
Many thanks to our Content Partner DGNB for providing this thought provoking blog on the Circular Economy. DGNB will be joining us on the 12th April 2018 in Berlin for our next 40 Percent Symposium. For further details, please view the agenda here, or register to attend.
DGNB writes... 'Thinking consciously about how natural resources are used has always been a core topic at the DGNB. Right from the beginning, the DGNB has offered a certification system that favours a holistic approach to carbon footprints. Therefore, this has always involved not only the conscious selection of building materials according to their composition and origin, but also a methodical assessment of the ‘reclaimability’ of individual residual materials – all based on strict criteria, criteria that have thus become established in the market.
Until now, these were the classic issues encountered in conventional closed-loop recycling, but in recent years the circular economy has also gained...
Many thanks to ELearning Studios for providing this fantastic blog. ELearning Studios will be joining us on the 12th April 2018 in Berlin for our next 40 Percent Symposium, where we will be talking all about positive disruption in our industry. For further details, please view the agenda here, or register to attend.
What is Virtual Reality?
Virtual Reality gives a sense of presence, evoking the senses inside the brain of what appears to be real but is made of reconstructive 3D environments and situations in which the user interacts with. It uses a headset to fully enclose the eyes to be fully immersed into these environments.
Type of VR Headsets
Here are range of different VR headsets you can get on the market:
High-end VR comes in the form of tethered headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, requiring both a powerful PC and large area in which to use them. What you’ll get with this is the most immersive experience money can buy....
Many thanks to Philippa Gill for providing this thought provoking blog based on air quality. Philippa will be joining us as a Speaker in the Health and Wellbeing session on the 12th April 2018 in Berlin for our next 40 Percent Symposium. For further details, please view the agenda here, or register to attend.
Philippa writes... 'In a pre-industrialised world, there were many things we didn’t need to worry about: food additives, sugary drinks, car accidents and – other than in exceptional cases – air quality. The human being comes equipped with an excellent array of safety warning features: visual aids to sense danger in advance, aural sensors alerting us to unusual sounds such as the approach of predators outside the cave, and a highly sensitive olfactory system which allows us to detect a range of toxic substances. Highly-evolved in our (natural) surroundings, the combination of these sensors was critical to our health and survival.
Like all animals, we evolved within a...
Many thanks to Botanic Horizon for providing this fantastic blog. Botanic Horizon will be joining us on the 12th April 2018 in Berlin for our next 40 Percent Symposium, where we will be talking all about positive disruption in our industry. For further details, please view the agenda here, or register to attend.
Botanic Horizon writes... ''Cities are mostly found in human friendly – resources rich – like agricultural or coastal environments. Growing cities depend on available space and therefore use the two sun exposed flat and vertical dimensions as intensively as possible. The flat expansion reduces often the most fertile and life supporting ground and its ecosystem, while vertical expansion does not offer the chance for the inhabitants to compensate the natural need of humans for a healing ecological environment. The gap between human demand and available ecological life support expands with the expansion of human settlement.
Botanic Horizon – BoHo - has the...
Many thanks to SmartB for providing this fantastic blog focusing on how sensor technology and smart analytics can assist companies in revealing hidden savings potentials and making the energy manager's life easier.
SmartB will be joining us on the 12th April 2018 in Berlin for our next 40 Percent Symposium, where we will be talking all about positive disruption in our industry. For further details, please view the agenda here, or register to attend.
SmartB writes... 'Buildings are responsible for more than 40% of the global energy use and one third of global greenhouse gas emissions. 75% of the buildings in Germany were erected before 1979, this means they have really bad energy efficiency standards. Thus, the building sector has the largest potential for avoiding significant and cost-effective greenhouse gas emissions. Unfortunately, the facility and energy management is a rudimentary digitised sector. Due to a lack of useful tools for monitoring and...
We are spreading some festive cheer by offering a limited number of conference tickets for the 40 Percent Symposium 2018 at a reduced rate of just 325 EUR until the 26th December 2017. That's a 50 EUR discount from our standard ticket rates.
The 40 Percent Symposium 2018 brings together the most influential speakers in the industry, who will be focusing on how PropTech and Disruption are shaping the future of the commercial real estate industry.
Key topics will include the investment value in connectivity, how to capitalise on the Internet of Things and the Circular Economy. There will also be an open roundtable discussion with a number of PropTech innovators, who are challenging the status quo of our industry, and examining what the future looks like.
To secure your discounted tickets, please register here.
The 40 Percent Symposium 2018 - The PropTech Conference - 12th April 2018 - Berlin
Many thanks to LightFi for providing this fantastic blog focusing on the simplicity of reducing our energy use which will lead to creating a more sustainable future.
LightFi will be joining us on the 12th April 2018 in Berlin for our next 40 Percent Symposium, where we will be talking all about positive disruption in our industry. For further details, please view the agenda here, or register to attend.
LightFi writes... 'One simple way for us to achieve global emission reduction is to reduce our energy use. We don't need to change our lifestyle, but rather use technology to help us waste less energy, for example by turning things off when they are not needed.
You're probably thinking this should be easy. Unfortunately, we often forget to do this, especially at work, where it isn’t clear whose responsibility it is, or if we’re even allowed. Neither do current solutions provide much of an incentive. The price and effort in making your home or office smart and more...
At our 2018 PropTech Conference on the 12th April in Berlin, one of our key sessions will focus on building connectivity and the impact this is having on sustainability. Here, 40 Percent Symposium 2018 Host Dr. Birgit Memminger-Rieve from ES EnviroSustain gives her thoughts on the topic, and opens up the debate ahead of the conference session.
From connected buildings to interconnected buildings....Some thoughts on how this could be sustainable
We’ve all heard a lot about IoT, PropTech and how buildings of the future may look. Those who still think that a building is just four walls and a roof may need to adjust their thinking. Really smart buildings connect everything from infrastructure to devices to make your buildings alive, technology use more efficient and alter the way we live and work together. Just to give you a couple of examples: you can have your employees securely move about the workplace with their smart device,...
Many thanks to Vanti, for this thought provoking blog around how focussing on user experiences can lead to better and healthier Smart buildings .
Vanti will be joining us on the 12th April 2018 in Berlin for our next 40 Percent Symposium, where we will be talking all about positive disruption in our industry. For further details, please view the agenda here, or register to attend.
Vanti writes... "One of the main reasons we find working as Smart building Master Systems Integrators so rewarding is the positive impact our efforts have on the people who live and work in these spaces. We believe that the key to getting the most out of our projects in terms of human benefit lies in understanding exactly how people are going to use the buildings - whether they’re a resident, employee, or visitor.
What is building UX?
Building User Experience (or UX for short) describes how people interact with buildings and the technology contained within them as...