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We have over 460 staff spread across 12 sites in 3 linguistic regions – so, as you might guess, there's always lots to report! We would like to provide you with an insight into our daily work, present our members of staff, share our successes with you and keep you generally informed about our activities and news. It all makes for one thing: gripping reading!
At PRIVERA, sustainability plays a very important role and this is also reflected in the Construction Management service line. Our drive to contribute even more to this objective in the future saw Yolanda Serena Roma join the PRIVERA team at the beginning of 2021. She will support property owners in their efforts to make their property designs even more sustainable.
The topic of sustainability also plays a key role in the Construction Management service line. Yolanda Serena Roma who is a Construction & Project Manager at PRIVERA is ideally suited to promoting sustainability with her specialist knowledge. Ms Roma is a qualified engineer who specialises in architecture and benefits from many years of experience in the field of solar power as well as extensive knowledge of energy-efficient and eco-friendly new build and renovation projects. "I've had an interest in the use of renewable energies in buildings for many years, in particular, the quest of how solar systems can be integrated into building envelopes both creatively and rationally," explains Yolanda Serena Roma.
In the following short interview, we will learn more about sustainability in the Construction Management service line:
What role does sustainability play in the Construction Management service line?
The decision taken by the Federal Council at the end of August 2019 obliges Switzerland to entirely cease the emission of greenhouse gases by 2050. This means achieving net zero emissions by 2050. The Swiss population will cast their vote on the Federal Act on the Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (CO2 Act) on 13 June 2021. Among other objectives, this act is intended to reduce CO2 emissions within the construction sector. A passing of the revised CO2 Act would result in PRIVERA undertaking numerous discussions with property owners. The objective of these discussions would be to find the best possible solution for each property.
There are various ways in which a property can be made more environmentally friendly and tenants can be kept informed about the importance of this issue. The use of energy-saving light bulbs and the installation of a new heating system that uses renewable energy are two examples of ways in which water and electricity consumption can be curbed. Additional beneficial works might entail flat roof and/or façade cladding renovations.
What are the advantages of having a sustainable property?
Investing in an eco-friendly building is well worthwhile. A heating system that utilises renewable energy offers many advantages. An incentive tax has been levied on fossil fuels like heating oil and natural gas since 2008. This tax is levied to encourage the economical consumption of fossil fuels and also the increased use of eco-friendly energy sources. In addition, sustainable investments are eligible to receive financial support (i.e. the federal and cantonal buildings programme for reducing greenhouse gas emissions). A building energy certificate issued by the respective canton plus recommendations (GEAK Plus) is required in some cases before an application for grants can be made. The property is inspected by an energy consultant for a fee and the findings are then recorded in a report. This not only helps the environment, it also lowers costs.
Is the Construction Management service line supported internally in implementing its sustainability objectives?
Collaboration between both the Property Management and Construction Management service lines plays a central role when it comes to sustainability. The managers are in close contact with both owners and tenants and are very familiar with each property and the needs of its owners and users. They are able to assess when various building improvements need to be planned (heating replacement, window replacement, etc.). For this reason, the internal exchange of information with Construction Management is extremely important since it allows projects to be budgeted in advance and also take the issue of sustainability into account. In some cases, it can even be worthwhile to renovate the building envelope and replace the heating system simultaneously.
In addition, tenants are kept well-informed about sustainability through information campaigns. This is why it is particularly important that managers are continually made aware of the importance of sustainability as well as receive ongoing training about the subject.
Yolanda Roma Serena
Construction & Project Manager
058 715 64 54
The Geneva regional office has again been presented with the Négawatt Trophy, an award that singles out efficient energy management. Thierry Handschin and Piero Pastore accepted the award personally at the awards presentation ceremony.
PRIVERA received this award for its particularly efficient energy management in the World Trade Center II. "Sustainability plays a key role for PRIVERA. Our management policy has resulted in a firm commitment to energy savings in order to put our property portfolio on a sound footing in the long term," explains Piero Pastore.
We congratulate Piero Pastore, Thierry Handschin (the property manager for office buildings at the Geneva regional office) and their team for this outstanding achievement. Thanks to their efforts, PRIVERA was now been awarded the Négawatt Trophy three times. Thierry Handschin is thrilled: "The fact that we were presented with this award also confirms that our energy policy is the right one."
SIG, a public provider of regional energy services in the Geneva region, presented the award on 7 June 2021.
Regional Head of Property Management East
058 715 62 95
PRIVERA has been collaborating with PriceHubble since 2019. Detailed analyses have enabled customer portfolios to be optimised and vacancy-related problems to be addressed since then. In an interview, Patrick Rohner, Head of Business Development at PRIVERA, explains how the PriceHubble solution supports PRIVERA. You can read an excerpt from the interview here:
Since when have you been working with PriceHubble and which PriceHubble solution do you use?
Our partnership with PriceHubble has been very successful and dates from 2019. We have successfully tested and piloted the solution in the field of market rent analyses (Portfolio Manager) with our customers.
How do you and your customers use PriceHubble solutions in your day-to-day work?
After a successful pilot period, various customers are already using PriceHubble analyses as part of their market rent collection process, in combination with traditional models. System integrations with leading enterprise resource planning (ERP) providers are expected in the future and could well become the next key milestone.
Thank you for your excellent cooperation. You can read more about the collaboration between PriceHubble and PRIVERA in the complete interview on the PriceHubble blog. (Link)
Head of Business Development
058 715 61 21
Our Center Management Department continues to expand. The department has now been renamed “Retail & Site Management” to reflect the diverse and specialised range of services provided in this area. The Head of Department gives a deeper insight in this short interview:
What does the Retail & Site Management team do?
Our team not only operates shopping centers, but also a great many retail sites. They include various specialist outlets, as well as complex sites hosting retail, office, hospitality and residential spaces. This requires customised services and specific know-how that is centralised in this department.
How does site management differ from conventional center management?
Our center management services extend from analyses and utilisation concepts through center operation and business management. Site Management also sets out to position and develop a particular site or location and bring the different needs of the retail, office and residential spaces together in a single strategy. That is how we create worlds of experience with magnetic attraction.
What services does the Retail & Site Management Department offer?
In addition to the services described above, our team has expertise in such areas as commercialisation, new development and market research. Our expertise also includes restructuring and revitalisation. We offer all this in every language region and at every location. That is how we are able to provide a comprehensive package of services for the properties entrusted to us by our customers.
Further information about our Retail & Site Management services: Link.
Head of Retail & Site Management Switzerland
058 715 65 23
The new year will also see changes at PRIVERA. As from January 2021, there will be a new Marketing division that encompass the services of Letting Management and Brokerage.
This means that the two complementary services of Letting Management and Brokerage will now fall under the new Marketing Switzerland division. The marketing knowledge of two departments will be able to be combined, which in turn will enable us to strengthen our networks and utilise synergies. The Head of Letting Management Switzerland, Marcel Frick, is now in overall charge of Marketing. Both Letting Management and Brokerage will continue to operate as independent strategic services within PRIVERA.
Marcel Frick describes the advantages of having this new structure: "The merger will combine forces that will allow us to further propel our market entry in the fields of promotion and ownership establishment, as well as condominium sales in the future." Ken Tschudin also sees promising prospects ahead. "We are convinced that this organisational pairing will result in tangible benefits – both for our clients and for us internally."
Head of Letting Management Switzerland
058 715 79 24
Head of Brokerage Switzerland
058 715 61 96