QuadReal Property Group launches Green Bond Framework to finance sustainable investments

QuadReal Property Group | July 18, 2020

QuadReal Property Group ("QuadReal") is proud to announce today its Green Bond Framework to finance sustainable investments and projects through BCI QuadReal Realty ("BQR"). BQR is the primary issuing entity of unsecured notes for British Columbia Investment Management Corporation's ("BCI") real estate program. BCI is a Canadian leader in investment fund management that provides services to British Columbia's public sector. "When QuadReal was launched, we established the principles of responsible investing and management," said Dennis Lopez, QuadReal's Chief Executive Officer.  "QuadReal's Green Bond Framework demonstrates our approach to how we select and execute our projects to achieve the goal of having a positive impact on the environment."

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The Internet of Things (IoT) architecture currently proposed for connected homes is primarily focused on devices. While device to device communication is essential, it is not the 'things' themselves that will determine the success or failure of the home IoT. It is equally important to consider the context in which these home devices will operate.

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The Internet of Things (IoT) architecture currently proposed for connected homes is primarily focused on devices. While device to device communication is essential, it is not the 'things' themselves that will determine the success or failure of the home IoT. It is equally important to consider the context in which these home devices will operate.

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