Real Estate Working Group
The Working Group promotes the potential of Blockchain in the Real Estate industry. Blockchain solutions also have the potential to save resources, reduce carbon-emissions and make internal processes more sustainable.
Objectives for 2021
The WG has selected three objectives around which it will carry out its annual work. The common goal of the objectives is to enhance the knowledge about applying Blockchain solutions in real estate.
- Create in-depth Real Estate insights by focusing on identifying research-outputs and best practices about the Unique Object Identifier (UOI) in cooperation with the FIBREE UOI Working Group, EC and the sub-working group of the INATBA WG Climate Action that focusses on Real Estate (all united in the so called ‘D2I2-consortium’)
- Expand the knowledge of tokenization as a means of Real Estate financing
- Enhance knowledge on the digitization of Land Registries
Outputs for 2021
The Working Group engages in a number of activities aimed at achieving the above mentioned objectives. Among others, the WG aims to publish a report/manual on blockchain and land registry systems based on survey data, launch a research project on tokenization in real estate and build out their work on the UOI based on government use cases.
Work to Date
The UOI subgroup published a first report with FIBREE on the applicability of the Unique Object Identifier in the built environment for climate action purposes. They hosted a follow-up event on use cases, including an application for the government of the Netherlands.
The Real Estate WG-Subgroups:
The Real Estate Working group is divided in three sub-groups, each of whom focuses on a different work-stream:
-The Unique Object Identifier sub-group aims at creating a global property/object identification system to reorganize collection and analysis of property/object-related data in an efficient and more decentralized way. The subgroup has presently submitted an application as EBSI-use case to the European Blockchain Partnership (EBP) and cooperates with the Foundation for International Blockchain and Real Estate (Fibree), the Climate Chain Coalition and an international public/private consortium.
-The Tokenization sub-group focuses on promoting the use of tokenization as a novel means of financing for Real Estate.
-The Land Registry sub-group focuses on creating knowledge on how blockchain improves global land registry processes.
Why is it essential?
Real Estate is the world’s biggest asset class. A building is not a construction on its own, but a large long-term investment that impacts and is impacted by its surrounding. The built environment is a complex multi-stakeholder network that is heavily regulated. In a digital world with Blockchain, a lot of the present information flows between public and private parties can be reorganized more efficiently. Because the impact of this change on society will be great, preparation and interaction with all stakeholders will be crucial to canalize this change in the right direction with alignment of all relevant public bodies.