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EPA Battle of the Buildings: St. Louis Delivers Results

  
  
  
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by Allison Porter, Vice President, Sustainability Services

The Environmental Protection Agency’s National Building Competition challenges teams to compete “The Biggest Loser”-style in order to achieve the greatest reduction in a building’s energy usage over the course of one year. This year’s competition was stiff, with more than 5,500 buildings entered and 100 teams having accepted the challenge.

Healthcare: Industry’s Vitality Indicates CRE Opportunities

  
  
  
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By Lorie Damon, Managing Director

In recent years, significant changes such as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and changing demographics have affected the healthcare industry's approach to delivering care. Now, in addition to addressing the changes mandated by healthcare reform, the $3 trillion U.S. health economy also needs to figure out how to deliver healthcare to tech-savvy, convenience-oriented Millennials, who will comprise 75% of the workforce by 2030, as well as aging Baby Boomers. As a result, evidence of America’s changing healthcare landscape is emerging in the healthcare real estate market.

BenchCore: Benchmarking the Global Corporate Real Estate Portfolio

  
  
  
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By David Kamen, Senior Managing Director

With an increasingly globalized economy, corporate real estate (CRE) executives’ roles become more complex, with a greater emphasis on value creation and innovation. Correspondingly, benchmarking and tracking the metrics that drive CRE portfolios’ success become that much more complicated – and important – in CRE executives’ key functions: identifying new opportunities to help lead organization growth, driving the organization’s productivity, optimizing the portfolio and workplace and controlling costs.

Q1 U.S. Office Trends: Absorption Rates Slow, Construction Surges

  
  
  
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By Kevin Thorpe, Chief Economist

The weak economic performance in the first quarter of 2015 was primarily due to temporary factors, such as extreme cold and snow, West Coast port disruptions and weak exports. Despite the rough start to the year, we anticipate a pickup in economic activity in the coming months.

Q1 U.S. Industrial Trends: Absorption Rates Up, Vacancy Rates Fall

  
  
  
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By Kevin Thorpe, Chief Economist

Despite the economy’s lackluster performance, the industrial sector experienced a robust first quarter, unfazed by the unseasonably cold weather conditions and economic turbulence. The industrial sector registered significant employment growth in the manufacturing, wholesale trade, and transportation and utilities sectors. In fact, the rate of employment creation for industrial sector payroll jobs reached levels which have not been seen since the second quarter of 1998.

15 Questions: Get to know Marla Maloney

  
  
  
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Our 15 Questions series is back! Next stop: St. Louis, Missouri to get to know Marla Maloney, President, Asset Services, Americas. 

Where did you grow up, and where do you live now?

I grew up in the Midwest. I often make the comment that my clothes hang in St. Louis, as I spend a significant amount of time on the road cultivating relationships with clients.

The Value of the Dollar & CRE

  
  
  
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By Kevin Thorpe, Chief Economist, Americas & Rebecca Rockey, Economist 

Since March 28, 2014, the value of the dollar, as measured against other major currencies, appreciated by nearly 19%. Since May 2011, it rose by 34%, and DTZ anticipates the value of the U.S. dollar will continue to strengthen. As attention on these developments mounts, we consider the impact on commercial real estate markets in the U.S.

Tolliver's Take: Railroaded by the Railroad

  
  
  
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By Jason Tolliver, Regional Vice President 

It can be a constant challenge to keep a 3PL business on track, especially when rail car shipments are derailed.  This was clear this past fall and winter when increased demand and weather conditions created serious backlogs, intermodal train delays, storage constraints, and higher rail car premiums and transportation costs for shippers.  Although shippers big enough to have some clout with the railroads have expressed frustration with pricing and shipment delays, the hardest-hit shippers are the smaller customers, including 3PLs and their customers who feel railroaded by the railroad.

Washington DC is Up For the Challenge!

  
  
  
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By Katie Ross, Sustainability Project Manager

DTZ took part in the official launch of the Smarter DC Challenge, the citywide program supported by the District of Columbia for businesses and organizations to improve their sustainability measures. Along with 200+ attendees, including more than 30 organizations already committed to the Challenge, the event featured remarks from Tommy Wells, Director of the District Department of the Environment; Bill Updike, Interim Deputy Director for the Urban Sustainability Administration; Jeffrey Lesk, DC managing partner at Nixon Peabody law firm; Susan Kolodziejczyk, Senior Sustainability Executive at the National Geographic Society; Robin-Eve Jasper, Executive Director for the NoMa Business Improvement District; and DTZ's own Laurie McMahon, Vice Chairman. 

Finding a Link Between CRE Sustainability and Fitness Tracker Apps

  
  
  
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By Katie Ross, Sustainability Project Manager

During a recent BOMA Webinar titled “Building a Sustainability Journey” I posed an unusual question to the audience:

Have you used a fitness tracker like a FitBit, Jawbone or Pedometer, or an app like RunKeeper, MyFitnessPal or Nike+?

Although the audience may have been confused as to what this question had to do with my presentation, they responded and we found that nearly half of the audience had used one of these fitness tracker devices. These innovative devices have become incredibly popular in the last few years as people try to hold themselves to their goals and track their daily activity.

Much like our audience finds value in measuring their footsteps, our team focuses on identifying and tracking metrics to demonstrate our success and shrink environmental footprints.

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