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Digital twins from design to handover of constructed assets

Digital twins are commanding increasing attention from industry professionals. Real-time, structured data has never been so accessible over the lifecycle of an asset, but this potential does not come without its own risks and disruption. Developed in collaboration with Glodon, this paper examines the current state and future potential of digital twins across the built environment.

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Macroeconomic crises and housing

Despite two periods of economic downturn over the last two decades - the global financial crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic – housing prices in Europe have continued to rise. We present an assessment of the long-term developments in household expenditure across the EU28 and the impacts of these crises on house price trends.

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The Superstar Cities of Africa

There is much cause for optimism regarding Africa’s future. Already the world’s youngest continent, by 2030, it will trail only Asia in the global urbanisation charts. Its cities are youthful, thrusting and ambitious places. Some – the titular superstars of this report – make a spectacularly outsized contribution to the continental economy. Urban centres are well established as the primary engine rooms of growth, opportunity and prosperity across the world. This is one of the few respects in which Africa is not exceptional. If the continent is to make good on its potential, the enormous promise of these superstar cities must be harnessed by public and private sector alike.

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Sustainability Report 2021 and COP26 Addendum

In any given year, the construction, operation and decommissioning of buildings will be responsible for roughly 40% of total global greenhouse gas emissions. There can be no doubt, then, that the built environment is a linchpin of the international coalition of industries seeking to remediate damage caused by historic, carbon-intensive practices. As such, to probe the attitudes of the sector’s people is to open a window on our collective prospects of avoiding climate catastrophe. The World Built   Environment Forum Sustainability Report 2021 may well be the largest such exercise ever commissioned.

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Opinion survey indicators – what can they tell us?

Sentiment indicators, such as the RICS GCPM, play an important role in the analysis of real estate markets. We present independent statistical analysis corroborating their role as early trend indicators and/or as proxy indicators.

This report was not commissioned by RICS World Built Environment Forum. Nor do its findings represent the official position of the European Central Bank. It is, instead, the independent work of the authors. Their findings are truly remarkable.

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Bridging the Gap: Private investment in future infrastructure provision

This report considers the nature and extent of barriers inhibiting private investment into infrastructure projects. It makes 11 practical, market-facing recommendations on how infrastructure development plans and pipelines can be converted into investable projects.

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