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A new digital tool to realize cost savings emerges at Cushman & Wakefield

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Based on estimations that approximately 80% of the buildings that will exist in 2050 already have been built, Cushman & Wakefield’s research – which analyzed 1 million assets that totaled 6.6 billion square meters across 143 countries – shows that the reduction of carbon emissions is a vital component to preventing irreversible climate change. (File Photos/DigitalFreePress.com)

Cushman & Wakefield launches ‘C&W Green Buildings Assessment’

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Cushman & Wakefield launched C&W Green Buildings, a proprietary digital software assessment tool that identifies custom decarbonization, retrofitting and cost savings opportunities for real estate investors and owners.

Created through an exclusive partnership with CFP Green Buildings, the digital tool offers Cushman & Wakefield clients a fast, cost-effective, accurate and auditable way to estimate energy consumption and create a roadmap to greener real estate assets, according to a press release.

“Not only is decarbonizing existing real estate essential to addressing climate impact, but it also offers an environmentally responsible way to reduce the cost of owning and managing commercial property,” said John Forrester, CEO at Cushman & Wakefield, in a prepared statement.

“As building regulations for energy consumption and emissions rightly become more stringent, needs to reduce or offset carbon emissions will increase. Cushman & Wakefield aims to empower our clients to increase energy efficiency with economic and social benefits for their investments, businesses and communities.”

Based on estimations that approximately 80% of the buildings that will exist in 2050 already have been built, Cushman & Wakefield’s research – which analyzed 1 million assets that totaled 6.6 billion square meters across 143 countries – shows that the reduction of carbon emissions is a vital component to preventing irreversible climate change, the release states.

The firm’s analysis shows the cost to decarbonize the global real estate market to be approximately $18 trillion. Addressing decarbonization would see the commercial real estate industry achieve 6.2 gigatons, or 75%, of carbon reduction annually.

The C&W Green Buildings tool filters 120 building characteristics to assess current carbon emissions and energy efficiency at a property, proponents of the brand report.

From country, climate and location to the cost of energy, materials, labor, local emission factors, carbon prices, building age, size and more, the tool uses the data to advise clients on improvement opportunities to reduce the environmental footprints of their real estate portfolios. The tool is now being rolled out in markets within North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

“CFP has an unwavering commitment to reduce carbon emissions profitably and at scale through actionable insights,” said Mr. Bram Adema, CEO at CFP Green Buildings. “Our digital tool has enabled large, decentralized institutions around the world to make data-informed decisions that are lessening energy consumption. We are delighted to build on this success with Cushman & Wakefield’s data and world-class clients.”

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