New report explores how ESG is helping property investors to maximise returns
Sydney, Australia, January 2024 —PlanRadar, a leading digital construction, real estate and facilities management platform, has launched its latest whitepaper, ‘ESG in the real estate industry’. Primarily, the report explores how ESG strategies are helping to drive investment within the construction industry across Europe and the role digital tools play in securing future finance.
From the outset, the whitepaper highlights that ESG practices are more than just meeting regulatory guidelines, they offer sizeable business benefits. This could explain why 52% of private equity investors implement ESG as a strategy to boost asset value, and half implement an investment policy that includes ESG specifically.
The report draws on existing research from leading consultancies, including Deloitte, highlighting how ESG due diligence is making construction companies involved in low-carbon building and green property development attractive to investors. Recent estimations put global ESG assets at a value of more than $23 trillion.
One of the report’s key findings is that property owners focused on achieving ESG goals often experience higher ROI, and goes on to suggest the quicker sustainability targets are met, the faster the return. This has placed growing emphasis on integrating ESG strategies into the technical due diligence of real estate assets to reap greater rewards, including understanding a building’s current condition and the potential cost of repairs and compliance with building regulations.
PlanRadar’s Digital Construction Specialist for Australia and New Zealand Leon Ward commented, "ESG is a game-changer in the Australian real estate sector amid geopolitical and resource challenges. Construction and real estate companies aligning with ESG principles are not just meeting regulatory obligations - they are future-proofing their businesses, attracting greater opportunities for investment, and enhancing their overall financial resilience."
However, the report also acknowledges that achieving this aim is no overnight fix since the integration process can be lengthy, relying on third-party expertise to evaluate data, compile reports and align objectives. It also comes at a substantial upfront cost, with evidence-based data, which shows processes and regulations have been correctly followed for safe and habitable buildings. ESG data collection and reporting is demanding, given the breadth of continuously emerging standards and regulations, coupled with maintaining robust records of project documentation, contracts, plans and protocols across fragmented project supply chains.
Commenting on the whitepaper, PlanRadar’s Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Ibrahim Imam, said: "ESG is becoming a key investment driver with investment memorandums set to encompass all ESG risks, mitigation strategies, associated costs, and assumptions identified during the due diligence process. Those in the property sector that take this corporate criterion seriously, and consider the potential of digital tools to support more effective record management, will improve their governances, boost social value and reduce negative environmental impact, allowing the market a much-needed confidence boost and safeguarding against economic instability.”
Maximising portfolio value
The paper also shines a light on how digital platforms can facilitate the integration of ESG-related data into technical due diligence by accurately collecting and reporting relevant information to precisely identify structural problems, inconsistencies and risks.
Leon Ward added, “PlanRadar is increasingly seeing that embracing ESG principles can provide a competitive edge in the Australian real estate market. Real estate companies that integrate sustainability into their strategies are better positioned to navigate evolving market conditions and regulatory landscapes, while building trust among stakeholders and the broader community.”
Investors with a portfolio of commercial properties often develop effective strategies for enhancing property value and energy efficiency by streamlining their maintenance costs. According to the research, the latest software enables quick cost estimation for building reconstruction and alterations, aiding investors in making informed decisions. In-depth technical data recording for real estate means the efficiency of processes such as due diligence is significantly increased.
PlanRadar Co-Founder and Co-CEO Sander van de Rijdt concludes, "While the taxonomy and regulations for ESG are still being developed, companies that implement effective strategies to monitor ESG now will open the door to a higher return on investment down the line. Comprehensive documentation of property assets, as part of technical due diligence, requires a lot of time. Digital solutions make this process much more efficient and help to ensure long-term value appreciation of assets, tenant satisfaction, and an overall increase in company value. They also provide a tamperproof audit trail to support alignment with increasingly stringent building regulations, giving stakeholders greater peace of mind.”
More insights from PlanRadar’s Ebook,’ ESG in the real estate industry with PlanRadar’, can be found here.
This comprehensive research reveals how ESG is not just a compliance measure but a strategic asset in enhancing property value, attracting investment, and building financial resilience.
PlanRadar is an award-winning, digital SaaS field management platform for documentation, task management and communication in construction and real estate projects. The platform operates across the globe, currently in over 75 markets. PlanRadar digitises all daily processes and communication across real estate and construction. The platform connects all project stakeholders and provides real-time access to valuable project data, enabling teams to increase quality, cut costs and realise work faster. The easy-to- use platform adds value to every person involved in a building’s lifecycle, from contractors and engineers to property managers and owners, with flexible capabilities for all company sizes and processes. Today, over 120,000 professionals are using PlanRadar to track, connect and solve issues on- and off-site. PlanRadar is currently available in 20 languages, and can be used across all IOS, Windows and Android devices.
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