Editorial continued in English

Thank you for the way you welcomed our blog. Your reactions were often very positive. Thank you to the French Ministry of Energy, Ecology and Sustainable Development to have put our blog in its reference list.

Property and Construction actors have to face a challenge which is very rare in the history of the sector. The qualitative jump demanded by public authorities to improve the energy, environmental and health quality of new and existing buildings is huge. In the last century, the only comparable challenge was the rebuilding of many countries after World War II.

To dedicate our blog to Sustainable Real Estate Economics is useful because economical questions are much less tackled than technical ones in that field. Innovation is strategic. It is the reason why one aim of our blog is to be a meeting point for researchers and Property and Construction actors.

The current mutation is international. The challenges are the same in developed and emerging countries (1). The fact that our blog is bilingual allows for a permanent international benchmark.

In the editorial, information is given on the essential issue of the worldwide convergence of green building labels and an important international investor (AXA Real Estate Investment Managers) specifies its sustainable development policy.

In the column on the left, texts written by researchers, property and construction actors and public authorities, are classified into three categories (policies and markets, costs and profitability, finance). Some important internet links are given.

On the right, information is given about some topics linked to our activities: the implementation of Energy Efficient Buildings policies in developed and emerging countries (International Council for Building – CIB – Task Group n°66) and Green Value (“Green Value In Use” Task Group).

Researchers, Property and Construction actors and representatives of public authorities, please do not hesitate to make suggestions to improve services provided by this blog.

Jean Carassus, professor Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, consultant.

(1)      The issue is different in less developed countries, where energy consumption control is not a priority: 530 million Africans do not have electricity in their homes.