The Observatory of innovations and valuation in commercial and institutional real estate has the mission to carry out a strategic watch on the new trends in this sector by valuing both innovations, the development of new knowledge and the sharing of expertise.
- The activity and research program of the observatory aims to identify innovations (innovative practices, technological innovations) and changes (organizational, political, regulatory) that affect the different phases of the life cycle of buildings and the the real estate ecosystem of major cities, such as Greater Montréal, and to understand the impacts on business activities, business models and models of collaboration or interdependencies between actors. In fact, despite the importance of activities related to the real estate sector in the Canadian, Quebec and Montreal economies, information on this industry remains scattered, rare and insufficient.
- One of the Observatory’s objectives is to gather, maintain and make accessible to its partners, the academic community and the business community information, tools and dashboards to track innovations and changes affecting the real estate sector in order to support the decision-making of the different types of actors that evolve there and thus support the development of jobs and businesses while accompanying technological changes and practices to minimize our environmental impact.
- The observatory also aims to promote these innovations by creating an accelerator grouping professionals and researchers from different disciplines in order to support the realization of research projects, internships, research work and students from all cycles on the applications of these innovations. This requires observing practices, innovations and developments in the real estate sector and its stakeholders, to understand the development and anticipate its deployment by identifying promising models. To achieve its objectives, sustained attention is given to strategic intelligence. Attention is thus directed to applications that convert data and information into knowledge and know-how.
- The use and development of commercial and institutional real estate spaces (transitional spaces, collaborative spaces, coworking spaces, fablab, livinglab);
- The impact of space design and planning on the productivity and creativity of the users of a building;
- Energy management in commercial, institutional and multi-residential buildings and the improvement of their energy efficiency performance;
- The impact of technological innovations on the different phases of the building life cycle;
- Montreal’s accelerator for the adoption of innovative and sustainable practices in real estate ;
- Analysis of statistics on jobs and businesses in the Greater Montreal real estate ecosystem;
- And others.