Siemens Real Estate
We create value and manage Siemens' real estate portfolioOur roots are in corporate real estate management for Siemens. In this role, we take overall responsibility for all real estate activities. We manage the portfolio, optimize space utilization, oversee operation of our real estate, including all real-estate-related services, are responsible for letting and sales, and implement all of Siemens' construction projects. Our aim is always to support the strategy of the company and its businesses as best we can, thus creating long-term value. Part of these services are available to other companies.
In pursuing our activities, we not only create value for our customers but also assume social responsibility. Our spaces and services give present and future businesses room to grow and enable them to concentrate on their core business.
We are close to our customers and keep a close eye on current trends and developments. We are familiar with both global trends and the particular circumstances of local markets. This enables us to anticipate changes in business requirements at an early stage and ensure the required flexibility by means of active, needs-based and forward-looking management of real estate portfolios. Our tasks also include the forward-looking development of locations such as the Siemens Technoparks or the realization of major real estate projects such as the Siemens Campus Erlangen and the Siemensstadt 2.0 in Berlin ("Siemens City 2.0").
We offer selected services to external corporates: from advisory services in the fields of new working environment and portfolio strategy (“Consult”), to a wide range of space offers (“Rent”) and development projects (“Develop”).
We ensure that office, industrial and special-purpose space works smoothly, safely and reliably and that costs are optimized. It spends an immense sum on maintenance, a sum that impacts directly on the cost position of customers.
One of our principal tasks is the operation of all Siemens sites worldwide, office buildings and production facilities included. Our responsibilities encompass technical, infrastructure and other building services, some of which are provided by ourselves and some of which we buy in and manage. The objective is to operate the spaces made available to our customers smoothly, safely and reliably at an optimal cost.
The continuous improvement process, key performance indicators (KPI) and audits ensure that quality is maintained at a high level.
We design and operate the company's real estate to maximize economic performance and sustainability throughout the building life cycle. Innovative concepts such as the energy efficiency program for industrial buildings and the exploitation of renewable energy at Siemens sites enable us to reduce the company's CO2 emissions significantly. It has been possible to cut energy costs by more 4.4 million euros a year through construction measures and work to improve the energy-efficiency of building systems at more than 15 production facilities, for example. New builds and key existing buildings are consistently refined for sustainability and certified under the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) international green building standard. There are currently 60 LEED-certified buildings in the Siemens portfolio.
Other steps we take to improve the sustainability of the company's buildings and minimize their contribution to climate change include promoting electromobility, cradle-to-cradle design and recycling and buying green electricity.
Working environments are an essential element in making a company attractive for today's employees and tomorrow's talents. Modern working environments promote creativity and learning to help employees make the most of their individual skills and capabilities. Mindful of this, we never stop striving to enhance the working environments we provide.
The Siemens Office concept forms the foundation of the company's modern working environments. Personal responsibility, mobility and flexibility are encouraged in a way that helps employees to strike a better balance between working life and private life. The original Siemens Office concept has subsequently been augmented with an IT Office concept, which supports agile working methods, and coworking options to strengthen creative collaboration across departmental boundaries. All of these concepts incorporate modern IT facilities that ensure, among other benefits, that virtual collaboration – a key factor in a company as thoroughly international as Siemens – is properly supported.
We are enthusiastic about digitalization and are working hard at the moment to make the most of this new technology based on prototypes, existing data sources and a digital ecosystem that continues to expand through strategic partnerships within the Group, e.g. with the Smart Infrastructure unit. Bringing order to the flood of data pouring in from the wide range of different systems involved and leveraging it to obtain meaningful conclusions is another key priority. Vital in this connection is the support provided by MindSphere, the Siemens operating system for the Internet of Things. Prototypes in the fields of energy management, occupancy detection, predictive maintenance and the development of new working environments are already beginning to bear fruit.
Positive results have also been achieved with the Building Information Modeling (BIM) method, for which we have already developed a standard. BIM brings all of the parties involved in a project together at an early stage to produce a digital twin of the building concerned. This digital twin can then be used to optimize the real estate asset across all phases of the product life cycle.