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THIS WEEK'S TOP 5 TRENDING STORIES
1. Low scores in infrastructure benchmark debut
The inaugural Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) assessment for infrastructure reveals that the asset class generally lags real estate’s offerings of environmental, social and governance (ESG) evidence for investors. Results show a higher degree of commitment at the fund management level, while measuring and reporting the environmental performance of individual facilities is less common. This is expressed in divergent average scores for the two separate but complementary streams — funds and assets — reporting via the benchmark.
 
2. Ottawa tower earns first LEED v4 O+M certification
Blackwood Partners Inc. has earned Canada’s first LEED v4 certification with 270 Albert Street in Ottawa earning Gold under the LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance: Existing Buildings (LEED O+M: Existing Buildings) rating system.
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3. New research investigates condo governance
New research into condominium governance found that board members, property managers and unit owners have a number of familiar topics on their minds, such as lack of community and poor communication.
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4. Facilities slack in averting bird collisions
Preventing birds from colliding into buildings may not be a priority in the day-to-day maintenance of most commercial properties, but municipal bird-friendly standards are only going to get tougher.
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5. National Trust awards heritage preservation leaders
The National Trust for Canada recognized outstanding contributions to heritage conservation across the country. This included honouring the City of Richmond, B.C., for its long history of protecting heritage assets.
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