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THE NEFPP Spring Symposium - online meeting

The NEFPP Spring Symposium is taking place on Zoom on May 12 & May 20 (11:30 – 5:30 EST). The theme is Reimagining home, work, and our portfolios. We have many interesting panels, speakers and information to discuss. We hope you can join us!

Do let Nicole Burchat know if you want to receive an invitation for any of the sessions. As usual, we will be posting the session on our LinkedIn Private group if you can’t make it to the live session.

 

ESWN - ABW - online meeting 27 May 2021

Our Open Session for both Members and Non-Members on May 27th will examine what Activity-Based Working (ABW) is and its central contribution to smarter and more agile ways of working. We’ll look at the factors that make for the best implementations, and how the concept and design principles should evolve in a world where many more people will be working outside the collective workplace.

With:

  • Roel Geenen and Marco van Gelder, Veldhoen + Company
  • Dr Peggie Roth, Leesman
  • Andy Lake, Flexibility.co.uk & Smart Work Network
  • Philip Vanhoutte, Ozadi and Smart Work Network
  • Plus panel session for open questions.

 

WT Portfolio and Asset Management - online meeting 20 May 2021

The upcoming on-line session with a new subtitle Policy Implications and Issues that arise from a shift from Portfolio Management to Asset management will look closer on how would this policy change impact Public Real Estate Organizations and their outcomes. Is Centralization of real estate management key condition to a successful Asset Management? Is it an ongoing shift or are there steps in other direction? The main topics chosen for contribution and further discussion are:

  • Political climate for change and what levers might support change in state real estate portfolio strategy
  • Potential financial and other opportunities and benefits in becoming Asset manager or Profit generating State body
  • Key considerations for assessing operational impacts of portfolio management policy changes and key requirements for success
  • Portfolios targeted for Centralisation and marginal portfolios with risks involved.  

The meeting will take place on MS Teams platform on 20th May 2021. To join the meeting please register via this link. If you have any questions or seek any further information, please contact us here.

 

WT Facility Management - online meeting 26-28-30 April 2021

We invite you to attend a new digital working table. This time we have decided to present three different themes and allocate them to three different days. Each day will include one or more lectures, discussions, group work or other kind of involvement of the participants. We will establish a “red thread” through the whole activity. Formal invitation will be sent to you by email before Easter. All participants will receive links to the three activities end of April. Program can be found here.

 

Brief status report from buildingSMART International project FM Open BIM

Building operation expert Håkon Harv and information management expert Steen Sunesen participate and contribute in the project meetings as PuRE-Net’s representatives. The project is in the stage of establishing a detailed scope and recruiting the expertise necessary for the project’s success. Tuesday 23rd February the project decidde on roles. Both Håkon and Steen will join the project’s expert group for Corporate FM.

One of the next steps will be to decide on which use cases to develop. Håkon and Steen currently assess to propose drone inspection and/or a Statsbygg pilot project combining smart building operation and BIM. We encourage members of PuRE-Net to propose other use cases important to them.

Håkon and Steen also encourage the members of PuRE-Net to appoint building operation, FM and information management experts to form a sparring group within PuRE-Net. This will secure that we represent a wider range of views on how to develop BIM for building operation and FM. It will also allow for more of the member organizations to learn from the project.

Responses can be sent to here.

 

The Smart Work Network

New network was launched. The Smart Work Network brings together practitioners of Smart Working from large organisations across the UK and Europe. Members are people working in private, public and voluntary sector organisations to roll out substantial programmes of Smart Working.

The Smart Work Network was formed in 2007 in the UK. From an initial launch at Reuters, it’s grown to have more than 200 members drawn from some 170 organisations. The first virtual meeting was held in 2020.

 

Strategy Working Table – online meeting January 22, 2021

On January 22, Bygningsstyrelsen hosted an online meeting, which was the first part of the PuRE-net Strategy Working Table. The title was "Workplace for the future" with an emphasis on how public real estate organizations strategically adapt to future trends as well as the anticipated consequences of the covid-19 crisis. The meeting served as a catalyst as the participants in collaboration scoped, refined and finally chose the most interesting themes for the actual Working Table. The online meeting was joining by 20 participants from 10 PuRE-net organizations. All material and presentations from the session are available on the PuRE-net website.

The materials can be found here (log in required).

 

NEFPP web site

The NEFPP has a new web site. Information about login can be found in login section of our web site in the Body of Knowledge section.

 

New online member meeting 16th December 2020

The Steering Committee invites all members to a new Member Meeting from 09:00 to 11:00 CET December 16th. Once again the covid-19 pandemic and how each of us are affected by it, is the issue. An incitation was send and you were asked to prepare a short presentation responding to questions we sent you. All materials can be found here.

 

Working Table Sales 2021 – save the date!

The Working Table Sales 2020, with Belgium as host country, last March unfortunately was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, for 2021 we aim to organize a video conference on Wednesday 21 April. It will be an afternoon session, approx between 14:00-17:00 hours. Exact times and details will be communicated at a later point in time.

Targeted topics for this virtual meeting are:

  • Consequences of COVID-19 for national real estate and state properties in terms of strategy, policy, use and ownership: what can it mean for purchases and sales;
  • Use and application of state properties to contribute to government’s sustainable energy policy on the reduction of CO2 and fossil fuels;
  • Creating social added value through the implementation of policy on state properties: examples such as the challenges to solve housing shortages, policy-supporting sustainability solutions, new working methods using IT and location independent working.

For more details, please contact us here.

Working Tables are intended for the exchange of knowledge, experiences, political influence, IT- solutions, relevant networks and advice on specific topics. At the initiative of Germany and the Netherlands, the Working Table Sales was first organised three years ago to exchange knowledge, experiences and / or visions on the sales and (re)development portfolios of the PuRE-net members.

Within a group of 13 PuRE-net members, we successfully discussed:

  • Bidbook.eu - a website, set up by the Dutch government, where public real estate is offered at various stages of the sales process. We spoke about independent and transparent display of bidding periods, sales processes and/or tenders, including the associated offer, request and submission moments of documents for transaction;
  • Sustainability challenges in redevelopment of real estate, temporary holdings for sale and government property. This discussion touches upon topics such as contributing to policy tasks from government in the purchase and sale of state properties / government real estate, and for ownership. As an example from Austria, we discussed and viewed the redevelopment of a former office for the topographic service into a life-proof apartment complex. This property now includes care facilities, a restaurant and communal areas with facilities that serve the local community;
  • Sales processes and procedures from monumental heritage to contemporary applications and solutions;
  • Redevelopment, sales processes and procedures of large and challenging complexes such as former barracks sites.

 

 

Portfolio Ownership and Management Working Table

The questionnaire was issued in June 2020 and data have been gathered during the summer time.

Here you can find Report where all the data were summed up offering conclusions and insight on the property management and ownership strategies.

10 countries were participating and the common factors to explore in state-owned portfolio management were Political Climate for change; Assessing Opportunities/Benefits; Blocks, Barriers and Risks; Operational Impacts and Requirements; Special or Sensitive Portfolio.

As the dominant portfolio management strategy was recognised centralization process, so we summarized the major key milestones of this strategy which can be found in a Road map.

Both documents were written by Mr. Robert Lonnon consulting PuRE-net members and the survey was conducted by the Czech Republic as a guidance to new Portfolio Ownership and Management Working Table, most probably shifted to on-line meeting.

 

 

PuRE-Net Survey 2020

The final Survey 2020 can be found here.

 

Vacancy notice for a Seconded National Expert (SNE)

The PuRE-net president recently exchanged information with the European Commission, OFFICE FOR INFRASTRUCTURE AND LOGISTICS – BRUSSELS. As a follow up we agreed to inform our members about different issues. This time we have a vacancy notice: they are looking for someone with a facility management and real estate profile with a solid business analyst and strategies setting background as s/he would participate in the development and implementation of a new framework for assets and facility services management in the Commission.  More information can be find here.

 

Sharing article

Sharing article. "Central government property asset management: a review of international changes"  from Olga Kaganova:  new paper in Journal of Corporate Real Estate can be find here.

 

Newsletter 2/2020

The new Newsletter has been published right before the upcoming Annual conference 2020. Special editorial from Pure-net president expressing great acknowledgements to our Danish colleagues for patience with preparation of this year Annual conference followed by report form Working table Office space solution and other topical information can be find here.

 

Announcement regarding the Annual Conference 2020

Dear PuRE-net colleagues, due to the current COVID-19 situation the Annual Conference 2020 will be held as an on-line meeting organized using Microsoft Teams on Wednesday September 16th 14:00-15:00 pm. The secretariat is investigating possibilities of adding a short program with relevant inputs and therefore asks you to reserve 13:00-16:00 in your calendar. The invitation to the AGM will be sent early September with relevant documents and link to the meeting.
PuRE-Net Steering Committee and BYGST have jointly decided to postpone hosting of Annual Conference in Copenhagen until next year to be conducted in 2021 on September 19th  – 22nd. The theme will remain ”Workplace for the future” and hosting BYGST is looking forward to introduce you the comprehensive and inspiring program of the conference. More can be found
here.

 

Office Space Solutions 2020 – virtual meeting

Working Table Office Space Solutions 2020 was virtually hosted by RVB, the Netherlands on 24 June 2020. It aimed to continue the discussions of last year’s Working Table on Activity Based Working introducing current visions on ABW, examples of relevant trends, and planning for future work place concepts. Of course, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic were a central thread through our discussions, having a significant impact on office life now and the foreseeable future. Working Table was joined by 40 participants from 13 PURE-net organisations and also colleagues from the Canadian affiliated NEFPP- network payed their virtual visit. A WT report, all presentations and video recordings of the sessions will be available on the PuRE-net website/members only section.

 

Website

The PuRE-net website has been transferred under new provider recently and therefore your log-in password will be invalid. To obtain new one, please follow the instructions as if you have forgotten one. The system will generate verification code that will be sent to your e-mail and this allows you to set a new password. Your Username and e-mail contact remain the same as before. In case you face any difficulties when changing password or if you found any discrepancies or failures regarding the content of the new web, please contact us directly here. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

 

Access to NEFPP web site

The Steering Committee has agreed a new letter of collaboration with National Executive Forum on Public Property (NEFPP). According to the agreement PuRE-net has been invited to access their web site. For information about how go to Body of Knowledge folder.

 

Impact of COVID-19 – online member meeting 27th May 2020

PuRE-net Steering Committee would like to thank all participants for their attendance, inspiring input and willingness to share their experience how to mitigate impact of COVID-19 regarding our work.  Member Meeting took place on-line and 40 participants from 18 countries joined. All presentations are available under log-in COVID-19 section here.

 

Collaboration with NEFPP in Canada

According to the first letter of collaboration with National Executive Forum on Public Property, the cooperation was evaluated by both organizations last year. Finally we had a joint evaluation and agreed to continue the cooperation.
A new letter of collaboration was drafted and discussed this spring. After having been discussed in the governing bodies of both organizations, it was finalized in a joint zoom-meeting on April 29th 2020. The text of the new agreement can be read here

 

COVID-19

We have set up a new menu point in the log in section “COVID-19 – related information”.

 In this section you will find documents from member countries related to how they give advice on this issue. Most of the information is related to construction activity.

 One file contains short information from some member countries on the present situation.

 You are all invited to share short information about the situation in your country as well as documents which could be of relevance to other members. This information can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If translation is necessary, please contact us at the same address and specify the content of your contribution.

  

Newsletter 1/2020

Newsletter 1 2020The present situation in the world limits travel and physical contacts. Most of the employees in Statsbygg are at home working as individuals from their laptops. But the business is going, virtual meetings are used frequently. Many of those taking care of our buildings have to a large extent, implemented digital solution as an alternative to physical presence. I assume you all are facing these challenges and try to be digitally creative and carry on important work as much as possible. Read more from the PuRE-net President here.

 

Facility management in Oslo (21-23 June 2020)

WT FM 2020Second working table Facility Management will take place in Oslo June 21st-23rd. Sunday is arrival in order to start working from nine Monday morning. Departure can be planned after 14:00. More information will be available later.


Program is in preparation. We will follow up the conclusions from Copenhagen, draft a White Paper which can be passed on to the Annual Meeting and dive deeper down in defining FM and understand the “maturity” in this field, seen from each PuRE-net member organization.

 

 

Annual Conference 2020: Workplace of the future - Copenhagen

2020 AC CopenhagenSave the date 13-16 of September 2020!

Bygningsstyrelsen (The Danish Building and Property Agency) will host PuRE-Net’s Annual Conference 2020.

During the days we will discuss how the members of PuRE-Net adapt to the future in terms of sustainability, construction, flexible buildings etc. The Annual Conference will begin September 13th in the evening and end September 16th at lunch time.

In March 2020 we will inform you about registration and distribute the program. We look forward to welcoming you.

 

Activity based working (ABW)

A year ago, we shared this opinion: A lot of research have been done regarding the effects of different working environments. However, there is a lack of relevant, holistic research on the effects of ABW. There is a lot of research on limited aspects of working environments (like psycho-sociological effects, indoor climate, health etc.). Further, there is a lack of comprehensive collection of best-practice cases and a common understanding/definition of what ABW is. 
The Steering Committee informed the Annual General Meeting about their intent to start a project in order to fill this gap. Juriaan van Meel was given the task to conduct the research and provide a guide including best cases, as well as an introduction of what constitutes a good process in order to reach an ABW solution.
The result was presented during the Annual Conference in Edinburgh and you may download the guide here.

 

Annual Conference in Edinburgh (15-18 September 2019)

This year’s annual conference took place in Edinburgh between 15-18 September 2019 and was hosted by Scottish Futures Trust, the Scottish Government’s infrastructure centre of expertise. The title of this year’s conference was ‘Fit for the Future’ where we shared how we are all preparing for the future as well as explore current and emerging themes, technologies and innovations which are already changing the way we plan, deliver and manage our properties. More information can be found here.

Edinburgh AC 2019

 

Office Space Solutions (ABW) in Oslo (23-25 June 2019)

More than 40 participants from 12 different countries met in Oslo June 23rd-25th and discussed activity based working solutions. Siri Hunnes Blakstad and Ane Gjerland gave lecturers on the arena “WHY”. Whilst Juriaan van Meel concentrated on “HOW”. He is the researcher working on the PuRE-Net documentation which will be presented at the Annual Conference in Edinburgh. The participants contributed with their experience and knowledge in order to give more input to this documentation. For more information click here.

ABW WT 2019 Oslo mini

 

Strategy Working Table in Oslo (25-26 April 2019)

 A meeting of the Strategy Working Table took place in Oslo April 25.-26. 2019. There were 20 participants present from 11 member countries. Information from the lectures and presentations will be added to the website soon.

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 Sales Working Table in Vienna (21-22 March 2019)

 WT Sales 2019On 21-22 March the 2nd Working Table Sales took place in Vienna. A very fruitful meeting where 11 organisations shared their best practices on sales strategies. Main topics of this meeting were digital tools, sale of historic assets, incorporating State policy in sales procedures (Social value – sustainability).

The group is currently working on a summary of the meeting, to be shared with the PuRE-net community in the summer. Next proposed meetings of this Working Table are during the Munich Expo Real (7 to 9 October – short get together) and in spring time of 2020 in Vilnius, Lithuania (3rd WT).

 

 

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