Author: Dawn Allcot

Dawn Allcot is a New York-based freelance writer, content marketing expert and the managing editor of CRE Digest. In her over 20-year career, she has covered topics and industries that include finance, sustainability, technology, commercial real estate and building projects for publications and websites such as LoopNet, TheStreet.com, Chase Bank, and GoBankingRates.

Sixty percent of workers say they’d rather have a hybrid arrangement than go back to their office full-time, according to a study from JLL. More employees are seeking flexible and remote opportunities, and businesses are racing to adapt to the change by providing workspaces that meet those expectations to enhance the employee experience. If you’re a real estate developer, leasing manager, property developer – or even a business owner – seeking to strike a balance between new expectations and the limitations of the spaces you offer, you’re not alone. The solution? Hybrid workspaces – a concept that combines the best…

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Living green walls or vertical gardens, sometimes just called “living walls,” have been a growing trend in commercial real estate for some time. Now, as people seek healthier indoor spaces, with an emphasis on indoor air quality and air purification, we are seeing living walls in even more commercial properties. Companies ranging from Google to Etsy have embraced biophilic design, or the addition of natural outdoor elements to an indoor environment, in many of their offices. In New York City, Apple’s Fifth Avenue flagship store includes not just indoor trees, but two living walls on either side of the building.…

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In 2021, there were more than 16 million electric vehicles (EVs) on the road, says a report from the International Energy Agency. The IEA says there could be more than 250 million EVs on the road by 2030. As EV adoption grows, generating clean energy for EV charging station solutions becomes crucial. Electric costs are on the rise, making it harder for commercial property managers, landlords, and developers to provide free EV charging solutions. Offering free EV charging has many benefits. Free EV charging is a desirable amenity for tenants in office buildings, as it’s a powerful recruiting tool for…

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If you’re planning an office retrofit that includes upgrading HVAC equipment, you may want to consider how artificial intelligence can help you save energy, achieve optimal performance, and improve indoor air quality. Companies like SoftEQ.com are calling AI technology for HVAC the “next big thing in the commercial real estate market.” But how is AI used in heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems? How can it help reduce energy consumption in commercial and residential buildings? And what’s the difference between AI-powered HVAC systems and other smart building technology? Let’s explore the benefits of AI in HVAC systems. Keep in mind…

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How an office redesign can enhance workplace wellness and sustainability In a post pandemic world, people may return to office spaces that don’t look very much like the ones they left in March 2020. As employees push for hybrid work models, savvy property managers, landlords, and company owners will consider an office retrofit or office renovation for the new hybrid workplace. First, let’s consider what a hybrid work model may look like and then explore the features that should be part of an office renovation for hybrid work. What Is Hybrid Work? Nearly all (99%) remote workers want to continue…

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