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  • New projects drive revenue. Every project is different, has different deadlines, and has different data management requirements. Delivering an IT infrastructure that can deal with the erratic workloads and constantly changing data needs is nearly impossible, let alone being confident that Finance will be able to run reports fast enough to close the books at the end of the month with no complaints. Join Chris McCall, SVP Marketing from NexGen Storage to discuss new value-driven data management capabilities designed to deliver a superior end user experience for project-oriented architecture and engineering firms.
  • Over one-third of employees would leave their current employer if offered more flexible work arrangements, according to a recent study by Unify.

    In fact, workers around the world are demanding more flexibility about where and when they do their jobs – and it’s not just a hype cycle or water cooler talk. New legislation, court cases, even a presidential order – are requiring businesses across the world to be more accommodating of employees' personal obligations outside the workplace.

    In this webinar, Unify presents our latest global research in which we quantify the demand for flexible work options, detail employee and management preferences, and outline ways business leaders can respond to the changing work environment while protecting productivity.
  • Exposure to professional liability ranks high on the list of any environmental professional’s concerns. In this webinar, industry veteran Anthony Buonicore will present five carefully-selected case studies where an EP was sued, highlighting how costly litigation could have been avoided. Attendees of this webinar will come away with steps that can be taken to minimize professional liability exposure when:

    • Submitting a Phase I ESA proposal
    • Conducting a Phase I ESA
    • Writing the Phase I ESA report
  • Online reviews and social media are a blessing and a curse. On one hand, attention on social media and online can drive business. On the other hand, negative reviews can have a significant negative impact. While reviewers have a right to express their opinions without fear of litigation, reviewers may also be held accountable for spreading falsehood that damages reputation or decreases revenue. This webcast will assist the hospitality professional to respond to negative reviews. It will provide the viewer background information intended to assist hospitality professionals in (1) distinguishing between expressions of opinion (which are protected) and statements of purported fact (which are not); (2) responding informally to negative reviews; (3) determining how legal counsel can efficiently and effectively assist; and (4) avoiding potential liability under state statutes that might apply in legal actions brought to curtail speech.

    The webinar will also overview principles established by very recent appellate court decisions pertaining to online reviews.

    About the presenter: Clifford S. Davidson, Attorney, Sussman Shank LLP, is a commercial litigator with jury trial experience. Throughout his career, he has focused on commercial contract disputes, entertainment and intellectual property litigation, First Amendment litigation, counseling in the areas of privacy and data security, and insurance coverage.
  • Rising energy costs, sharp regulations and global issues such as climate change have reinvigorated interest in industrial waste heat recovery (WHR) as a tool to increase energy efficiency. WHR offers numerous benefits, both financially and socially, including energy efficiency, reduced emissions and cost savings. Join Frost & Sullivan’s “Fuel Conservation through Industrial Waste Heat Management - Impact and Innovations” webinar to explore forces shaping this market.

    This webinar will address:
    • Cutting-edge technologies evolving to enable WHR
    • Impending changes in the industrial WHR market
    • Industries poised to gain the most benefit from WHR

    Opportunities in the WHR market vary as several product developers explore different ways to increase energy efficiency. This webinar will help WHR developers identify target end-user segments and refine product offerings. Stakeholders in industries with high energy use such as the cement, glass, and oil and gas industries should attend to discover how WHR can help mitigate tightening energy budgets
  • To help property assessment professionals meet the challenge of staying up to speed on the forces driving demand for their services, EDR Insight invites you to a complimentary web event on the state of the market in the fourth quarter of 2014—and a look to how the 2015 forecast is taking shape. Attendees of this 60-minute webinar will learn:

    • The status of commercial property transactions and the asset classes attracting the most attention
    • Commercial real estate lending volume
    • Key players in the deal-making and lending worlds
    • How attitudes toward risk are changing
    • Where to focus business development efforts for 2015
    • EDR Insight’s near-term forecast for environmental due diligence

    Join us for a look at the forces driving demand for your services so that you can better position your firm for growth in the new year.
  • Not just a load of rubbish: How to upscale waste management in your business and save money

    Join us on 4th December at 12.30 for The Planet Mark ‘15 Minute How To’ Webinar when we will be joined by representatives from Bywaters to discover how your business can benefit from and integrate waste management systems.

    During The Planet Mark programme, we start by asking what sustainable initiatives businesses are running. Very often the first action a business will inevitably talk about or take action on is their recycling.

    But once the recycle bins are in, what next?

    Ever wondered what happens to your waste once you have meticulously separated it into individual bins? Bywaters is here to tell you, but more than this, during the course of the webinar we will discuss the financial benefits of implementing a thorough waste management system, how not to get caught out by a waste service provider and other waste management considerations for after you have implemented simple recycle bins.
  • The effective management of energy in buildings is critical from cost, performance and sustainability perspectives.

    This briefing will explore the future of smart buildings in terms of convergence of technology, competition, services, and business models.
  • Frost & Sullivan expects Smart Cities to be a $1.5 Trillion market by 2020, with multiple opportunities to tap into infrastructure development, technology integration and energy and security services. This session will look into the market opportunities, growth areas and new business models in the Smart City space, and also provide insight into the competitive landscape highlighting the next game changers in the market.

    The session will also look into how utility providers, infrastructure companies, system integrators and telecom operators are actively pursuing this market. It will also discuss new funding mechanisms and public-private dynamics such as equity based funding and performance based contracting.
  • Shale gas has shaken up the US energy market and the impacts continue to ripple into other regions. The growth of renewables and localized generation has further impacted European markets, causing major headaches for incumbent utilities and regulators. In APAC, utilities continue to try to meet increased demand.

    In this briefing, Frost & Sullivan highlights the key trends and challenges faced by the sector in the coming years.
  • The ever-popular Movers & Shakers breakfast at The Dorchester in London will be broadcast live online, in association with Estates Gazette. The subject of this debate is: UK Plc - City Growth, and features speakers Sir Eddie Lister, GLA, Sir Howard Bernstein, Manchester City Council, Sir Michael Bear, UKTI RIO, Tony Travers, LSE, and Mark Rogers, Birmingham City Council.
  • 1031 tax exchange could offer good tax benefit to hospitality asset owners seeking to improve their hotel portfolio. Named for Section 1031 of the United States Internal Revenue Code, this investment strategy is essentially a swap of one business for another, allowing an investor to change the form of their investment without cashing out or recognizing capital gain. This allows the investment to grow tax deferred – avoiding tax until an actual sale for cash.

    Learn about the 1031 tax exchange process during the HBI Hotel Investor’s Marketplace Webcast scheduled for September 10 when Tony DeGeorge, President of Hotel Brokers International, will welcome guest speaker, Rochelle Stone, President and Founding Partner of Starker Services, Inc. Starker Services is the nation's oldest, largest and most experienced independent Qualified Intermediary firm, successfully completing thousands of exchanges each year. Rochelle has been active in the 1031 exchange industry for over 20 years and is a nationally recognized speaker, teaching exchanging and investing techniques to investment and professional groups.

    Some of the things to be discussed during the September 10th Webcast include:
    •the difference between a sale and an exchange;
    •protections offered by a 1031 exchange;
    •types of qualifying property;
    •how a delayed exchange works;
    •the timing rules;
    •and, what to look for when selecting a Qualified Intermediary.
  • Join us to hear RingCentral Director of Product Marketing, Niel Levonius, report on the latest developments in cloud phone systems. This series of interviews with customers delves into the specifics of how the cloud is helping IT professionals in various industries. In this segment, Niel interviews Jeffrey Levine, Broker Manager of Continental Properties Inc., about his real-world experience with leveraging the cloud to make a growing real estate firm more nimble.
  • Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste has become a major concern in Europe, driven by legal requirements regarding waste reduction, recycling and diverting waste material resources away from landfilling. The gradual increase of waste and limited landfill space boost recycling efforts, which benefits the development of the C&D waste recycling services market. Legislative goals are targeting 70% recycling of C&D waste by 2020, which is a key driver for this market. The push for C&D waste recycling has further prompted waste management companies to optimize collection systems and increase recycling levels to sustain market revenues. Optimization of collection and recycling technologies is expected to increase revenue for C&D waste recycling companies. This briefing provides top-level insight of the analysis conducted on the European C&D Waste Recycling sector for the forecast period from 2012 to 2020.
  • Learn how employees at Texas-based real estate firm HPI use mobile devices throughout their office to increase productivity.
  • Regulatory pressures are fundamentally impacting the way that financial institutions manage the appraisal function. Our speakers will tackle the most impactful issues for both lenders and appraisals today. An expert from the Appraisal Institute, the largest appraisal membership society in the world with 23,000+ real estate valuation experts worldwide, will share first-hand research into the challenges faced by appraisers and by lenders that rely on the technical expertise of appraisal services. Attendees will learn about the concerns commercial real estate appraisers face, and the challenges their lender clients face in finding quality appraisers to help them respond to new policies and requirements. Speakers will also share insight into the latest policies from bank regulators like the OCC and FDIC that are impacting the integration of appraisals and environmental risk management. An expert in the trenches of a small community bank will share his insights into the shifting alignment of appraisals and environmental risk management at the community bank level, the importance of having a sound policy in place and actions that banks can take to best prepare for the scrutiny of examiners.

    BENEFITS TO AUDIENCE:
    - Information on how appraisers can meet today’s top challenges, align their services with the challenges lender clients face
    - A deeper understanding of bank regulations impacting appraisals
    - An insider’s take on what bank examiners look for
    - Advice on steps banks can take to protect themselves against examiner scrutiny
    - A look into the forces that are bringing appraisals and environmental due diligence functions closer together

    PRESENTED BY:
    - Bill Garber, Director of Government and External Relations, Appraisal Institute
    - Brian Ginter, Director - Executive Staff, Diversified Real Estate Consulting Network
  • Attorneys Joseph A. Field of Field Jerger LLP and Richard M. Saltzman of Giambrone & Saltzman, LLC will join HBI President Tony DeGeorge via the organization’s webcast series - Hotel Investor's Marketplace to discuss franchise agreement negotiations, terms and conditions as well as tips on how to get ahead of the foreclosure curve and reach resolution with the bank. Register now for this complimentary webcast.
  • Data center configurations are denser than ever, as cloud apps increase server utilization. This means that power, not space, is the new gating factor. This briefing will cover the transformational trends the data center industry is going through and will explore the power and cooling requirements of the modern-day data center with a focus on emerging technologies.

    Why You Should Attend:

    · Explore the recent market dynamics and trends
    · Identify the drivers and restraints
    · Hear market updates
    · Explore different technology trends
  • The Technical Insights division of Frost & Sullivan has evaluated technology trends in the sustainable energy sector and has identified the top technologies that are likely to have an impact in 2014.

    Attend this webinar to discover:
    - The drivers and challenges impacting the sustainable energy sector
    - How natural gas has impacted the renewable energy sector
    - The timeline for deployment and adoption for specific sustainable energy technologies
  • Due to the upcoming FIFA World Cup in 2022, government legislation is mandating the usage of energy-efficient lighting in the Middle Eastern region. This growing environmental concern has resulted in wide awareness about green products. Growing infrastructure investments in the regions are steadily driving the energy-efficient and intelligent lighting market; therefore, LED lighting is expected to be the fastest-growing lighting technology in the Middle East.

    This analyst briefing will discuss the swift flow of infrastructure LED lighting investments in the Middle East region, with a focus on the GCC countries like KSA and Qatar.
  • The analysis profiles heavy electricity users within five different sectors, including manufacturing, data centers, hospitals, education, and small franchise. This briefing will also evaluate choices for energy management service.

    Why should you attend:
    - Learn about customer perception in deregulated states for purchasing electricity and energy management services
    - Identify key market trends
    - Review purchase criteria for selecting a provider
  • The water industry has always been resilient in the rough economic conditions. To a certain extent this is true, bearing in mind that water will always be a national interest and international importance. Nonetheless, the water industry landscape is rapidly changing with globalization of economies and technologies. Companies need to change faster to be ahead in relevance in the fragmented water market place.

    Forget about SWOT and PESTLE analysis. There are more important
    matters and best practices that water companies need to know to
    sustain in the ever competitive water market.

    In addition to the above, this briefing may answer some key questions:
    •Can wastewater reuse make it big?
    •Are water companies targeting the right end-user segments, and right countries?
    •Where are the opportunities besides China and India?
  • James Coghill, Head of residential capital markets, Savills
    Jonathan Ivory, Managing Director, Atlas Residential
    Alex Greaves, fund manager, M&G Real Estate
    Bruce Ritchie, CEO, Residential Land

    After years of waiting the first large-scale investors have moved into the UK residential market. But who will follow them and how significant an asset class could residential become?
    Debate sponsored by Savills
  • Andy Rothery, Head of Real Estate, Deloitte RE
    David Partridge, Managing Partner, Argent
    Becky Worthington, CEO, Lodestone Capital.
    Lynda Shillaw, Director of Real Estate, S WIP
    Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham

    Overseas investment has piled into real estate in London, the south east and other big cities around the UK. But does this investment come at a cost? What is the long-term impact of domestic institutions being forced to look beyond the core for returns? With residential’s emergence as an asset class in its own right, does sovereignty of ownership matter more for homes than offices? Or in a global economy do investment borders no longer matter?
    This debate will bring together investors, advisers and other interest groups to explore one of the most discussed topics in property in the UK – and beyond.
    Debate sponsored by Deloitte RE
  • Max James, Chief Executive, Quintain;
    Stephen Down, Head of Central London and International, Savills
    Ciaran Carvalho, Head of Real Estate, Nabarro LLP
    Dermot Kiernan, UK Fund Manager, M&G Real Estate

    London begun 2014 by being named the most attractive destination in the world for foreign investors. But the surge of international money into the capital has forced domestic investors to look further afield. With so many investors priced out of prime, is there still value in core London markets or is there only opportunity in the fringe?
    Debate sponsored by Savills and Nabarro LLP
  • The 50% decline in oil prices since August 2014 has shaken up the energy sector, with oil companies slashing investment in new exploration projects. However, the decline in price has raised wider questions about investment across the power sector, including gas and renewable energy.

    The efficient use of resources continues to be a hot issue, and technologies related to buildings, lighting and water continue to increase in prominence.

    Join the briefing to discover:
    - The top 15 trends that will impact the Energy & Environment sector in 2015
    - The role technology is playing in solving the challenge posed by global warming and scarcity of resources
    - Details of the evolution in business models currently taking place
  • Deploying new patient record systems is more than just servers, networking, and storage. Specialized software applications, compliance and secure data management all need to be considered. Traditional technology vendors all offer partial solutions but you’re left with the hard work. Join Chris Bukowski, Product Manager from NexGen Storage to learn about a better way to deploy patient record systems that include new value-driven data management capabilities that ensure a superior end user experience.
  • As the demand for energy increases and production declines, E&P companies are focusing on maintaining their assets. This briefing will analyze and investigate the changing environment in enhanced oil recovery across North America. The briefing will specifically focus on enhanced oil recovery techniques and a dynamic cost model to determine the breakeven for each technique.

    Why you should attend:
    1. Learn about growth in enhanced oil recovery in North America
    2. Discover how drivers and restraints impact this industry
    3. Get a complete analysis of dynamic cost models for each technique
    4. Understand the voice of the customer regarding current and future trends
  • Commercial real estate markets continue their slow recovery. As demand for loans intensifies, regulatory compliance is top of mind for financial institutions. Bank regulators are exercising strict oversight over all types of bank underwriting, including commercial appraisals. This webinar will address head-on the challenges that institutions face in meeting the latest guidance impacting the appraisal function, and what risk managers can and should be doing to survive an appraisal compliance audit.

    Attendees will receive answers to these important questions:

    • What do current guidance/regulations require of banks related to appraisals and how has that changed?
    • What specific things are bank examiners looking for in an appraisal compliance audit?
    • Are you doing everything you can to prepare your institution for the scrutiny of examiners before an audit? During an audit? After an audit?
    • What are the latest best practices that banks should include today in their appraisal policies to protect themselves during this stage of market recovery?

    EDR Insight is fortunate to have Mitch Kreeger for this timely event. Kreeger is a well-known Subject Matter Expert (SME) on various valuation, environmental and seismic risk, and regulatory compliance topics by peers nationwide. Currently, Kreeger is Chief Appraiser and Principal Consultant at Kreeger Consulting, a private appraisal/environmental/seismic risk consulting services firm that offers commercial appraisal reviews, outsourced Chief Appraiser duties, and advisory services to lenders on regulatory compliance, efficient appraisal/environmental risk functions, and effective policy updates.

    Audience:
    • Primary: Risk managers at financial institutions, particularly at community bank level
    • Secondary: Commercial appraisers
  • Join us for a complimentary web event on the state of the market in the first quarter of 2015—and a look at the sectors driving growth in the new year. Attendees of this 60-minute webinar will learn:

    • The status of commercial property transactions and the asset classes attracting the most attention
    • This quarter’s regional, state and metro market hot spots
    • Key players in the deal-making and lending worlds
    • Where to focus business development efforts for 2015
    • EDR Insight’s near-term forecast for environmental due diligence
  • Following decades of studies, scrutiny and debate, the U.S. EPA updated its TCE’s toxicity profile in the IRIS database, dramatically lowering the toxicity value. For transactional due diligence, this more stringent limit has important implications, including markedly more extensive and expensive cleanup processes. Given the focus on vapor migration in the new ASTM Phase I ESA standard, environmental professionals need to be increasingly cautious when making REC determinations and recommendations to clients.

    Adding to the confusion is the significant variability in how regulators are using the updated TCE toxicity profile when making closure decisions at contaminated properties. For instance, U.S. EPA Regions 9, 10 and states like Minnesota, Indiana and Massachusetts (among others) have implemented profoundly different approaches to address TCE risk at contaminated sites. Thus, it is critical for environmental professionals to stay abreast of the how TCE guidance is being interpreted and applied across the country. In the latest development, the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry is proposing a dramatic change to its TCE toxicity profile for the first time in 18 years. The comment period ends on March 16, 2015, and if the update is finalized in its current form, there will be more intense scrutiny on exposure risks which will further complicate transactional due diligence.

    This timely webinar will bring together an attorney and two national EPs to address the various impacts of TCE’s toxicity update on transactional due diligence. This panel will help EPs answer the following questions:

    • Does TCE in groundwater constitute a VEC and/or a REC?
    • How should an EP manage variability in TCE standards in multi-state transactions?
    • How can an EP take steps to minimize exposure to potential liability?
    • How can an EP make sense of the science and available guidance?
    • How should an EP communicate potential risks associated with TCE to clients?