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Conversion, reversibility and the circular economy: the new issue of BuzzWords is available to download now!
According to the UN, 54% of the world's population now lives in cities. By 2050, this number will rise to 66%. As a result of society becoming more urbanised, urban models need a rethink. Gone are the days where hyper-specialised or single-function buildings rule the roost. Instead, we now need to dream up mutable buildings, which can transform themselves, in sync with the constantly changing global environment, in order to provide a solution for the world's major social, environmental and economic needs.
The circular economy at the very heart of construction
“Nothing is lost, everything is transformed”. The circular economy applied to real estate means re-using and developing buildings, infrastructures and neighbourhoods without drying up natural resources, polluting the environment or damaging our ecosystems. The aim of the circular economy is also to use raw materials sensibly, re-purpose and recycle waste. It is, more than ever, a part of property development’s business model.
NØR or office work in safe mode
The Covid-19 health crisis, whose effects the whole world has been suffering for more than a year, is forcing our society to adapt to new practices. Wearing masks every day, the widespread use of hand sanitiser and the imposition of social distancing are just some examples. Some of these new practices will remain, others will disappear. Adaptation could therefore cede to change. And there is one area in which we are the first to witness a revolution that is set to last: work. Or, more specifically, the workspace.
BNP Paribas REIM strengthens its ESG approach, a key contributor to responsible investment
In the 2020 edition of its ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) report, BNP Paribas REIM has unveiled its new approach to sustainable investment. The integration of ESG criteria into investment decisions now enables BNP Paribas REIM to anticipate risks more accurately, contribute to boost asset performance by strengthening resilience, and anticipate environmental legislation.
Networks NØR Brussels
With 13,800 m² spread over 9 floors, the NØR building is designed to be flexible and multifunctional. It can accommodate small organisations (from 800 m²) as well as larger tenants. It has a BREEAM Outstanding rating and has, among other things, breathtaking views of Brussels and a feng shui garden in the courtyard.