Maintaining and managing property is becoming an increasingly complex process. This research group works on new forms of cooperation between real estate companies in the renovation chain. This is done in the areas of investment, costs and revenues, sustainability, energy management and social responsibility.
In the built environment, the focus is particularly on new buildings. However, the quantity of management and maintenance activity in the existing property stock currently exceeds the volume in new build. And the work being done in existing buildings is becoming ever more complex.
Clients expect integrated, performance-based solutions. They are in need of coherent processes through which to manage and maintain real estate and an integrated approach to the entire life cycle of a building, both in terms of investment, costs and revenues, and in terms of sustainability, energy management and social responsibility.
Trends and developments mean that it is necessary for those working as contractors and contractees to approach their work in a more professional manner. They will need to have the qualifications needed for this new task. A new influx of qualified personnel from higher education is needed, with a broader competency profile that is focused on change. These professional practitioners of the future will have a firm grounding in business management and a solid understanding of the techniques of property maintenance.
The Innovative Real Estate Management research group is helping to meet this need by educating students, contributing to renewal in higher professional education and promoting the development of knowledge in practice.