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  • By late 2014, LED lighting had passed the 30% threshold penetration of the global lighting market. It was the second consecutive boom year, confirming the breakthrough in the key regions of Europe, North America, and China. Driven by enhanced controllability and energy efficiency, the revolution will continue and momentum will build throughout 2015. This transformational change brings massive opportunities across value chains, but also presents huge strategic challenges to incumbent participants in terms of pace of technology change and business model.
  • The June 24th Hotel Investor’s Marketplace webcast will focus on Hospitality Lending. HBI President Brandt Niehaus will be joined by Dennis Nessler, Editor at Large of Hotel Business to discuss the magazine’s recently completed survey of hospitality industry lenders and examine the types of loan products available in the market, requirements for generating hospitality loans and opinion on the status of the lending industry this past year and through 2015.
  • 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 ended 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 a national subject matter expert 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?
  • Energy storage is becoming an essential element in today's world of surging demand. Increasing importance of renewable energy, coupled with supportive legislations that promote usage of solar PVs and wind turbines, drive the need for energy storage. Renewable grid integration is a key application that promotes energy storage globally. Large scale PV farms and offshore wind farms in countries of U.S, China and Europe makes energy storage and its future interesting and inevitable.
  • There is a difference of opinion regarding the current status of connected homes. Some industry experts believe that with customer access to mobile devices and the Internet, most homes have some form of connected intelligence and are therefore connected homes. Others believe the industry is far from achieving the optimal connected home.

    This briefing discusses the key motives for deploying connected home services and associated challenges, focusing on energy management.
  • Energy storage is becoming an essential element in today's world. Increasing importance of renewable energy, coupled with supportive legislations that promote usage of solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind turbines, is driving the demand. Large-scale PV farms and offshore wind farms in the United States, China and Europe make energy storage and its future interesting and inevitable.
  • Given the price volatility in crude oil, many are searching for opportunities in the energy sector. The question now arises, "Where are the opportunities in this industry?" As we currently see oil prices rise, time is running out for many companies that have hedged credit exposure at higher levels and are operating at distressed levels. We will review these areas, how we have ended up at in this situation, where we may soon see distressed companies, and where hidden opportunities are arising. We'll then review how Frost & Sullivan can assist clients discover these opportunities and prepare to them to take advantage in this environment.

    Why you should attend:

    - Understanding the "oil-flation" boom of crude oil production
    - Where we see opportunity and if M&A will be as strong as once expected
    - The "Uber-zation" of US demand for refined products
    - How America is dealing with the current crude oil bans and the loopholes that may bear more income than expected
  • The global water and wastewater network market will experience relatively high growth at a compound annual growth rate of 9.6% from 2014 through 2020. It presents a mixed bag of opportunities for clients from all segments of the market, namely pumps, pipes and allied technologies; meters, software, automation and ICT; pipe network services; and design and engineering services.

    Why should you attend this webinar?

    · Understand growth opportunities in developing and developed countries
    · Hear key network market challenges addressed by different stakeholders
    · Identify potential collaboration opportunities to build profitable partnerships across the segments in the network market
    · Understand the unmet needs that will allow companies to create value for customers and communities
  • The April 30th Hotel Investor’s Marketplace webcast panel will talk about The U.S. Economy and its impact on the Lodging Business. The lessons learned from past economic cycles, where we are in this cycle, and how it is different than previous cycles. They will discuss the economic barometers and what their indications mean for the hotel industry. April 30th viewers will have opportunity to ask questions of the panel and benefit from their combined 90+ years of industry experience.

    Meet the Panel:
    H. Brandt Niehaus is President of Hotel Brokers International and President of Huff, Niehaus & Associates, Inc., a full-service hotel investment advisory firm. Mr. Niehaus has over 30 years of experience in hospitality real estate sales and consulting. He has successfully transacted the sales of hundreds of hotel properties from limited-service independents through full-service luxury hotels representing sellers in conventional sales as well as lender-owned transactions for banks and institutions.

    Mark Woodworth is President of PKF Hospitality Research, (PDF-HR), a CBRE company. Mr. Woodworth has over 30 years of hospitality industry experience in both a consulting and hands-on operational capacity. Mr. Woodworth has managed and conducted consulting assignments, involving both the public and private sectors, throughout the U.S. He has worked for the industry’s leading lenders, developers, chains and management companies and has dealt with all aspects of operations, development and financing.

    Edward P. Walsh has nearly 30 years of experience in hotel real estate valuation, consulting, sales and finance. He founded Alpine Realty Capital to provide real estate investment banking services, including debt and equity raising, transaction services, and consulting. Mr. Walsh also provides development related services, including site selection and acquisition, market feasibility analysis, franchise and design recommendations, and capital structuring.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.