In 2017-2018, SERVICE celebrated its 5th lustrum! This silver anniversary was celebrated with numerous activities. On March 9th, 2018, the lustrum party was organized to commemorate 25 years of SERVICE. In April 2018, the Super SERVICE Day was organised which welcomed all SERVICE-members to join this informal activity. On June 1st 2018, the lustrum symposium with as topic ‘The Big Five’ took place. This was a reference to the five major topics in the current real estate branch. Watch the after movie of this fabulous event here. 

During the Lustrum symposium: ‘The Big Five’, the central topic of the day were the five major trends of the real estate branch, which are specified below:


The built environment has the biggest contribution in CO2-emissions in The Netherlands. Therefore, sustainability plays an increasingly important role in this branch. New dwellings are constructed and redeveloped to be energy neutral or even energy producing. Circularity in the construction process gains momentum. The building as a multifunctional body of the city; from energy generation, raw material, shelter, recreation and transportation to food supplier. Will our car become the smart energy storage for our home?


Data becomes an increasingly important topic in the built environment to make the city smarter. Data is used to create a smart city in which many different aspects are interconnected. This way, the city can influence the behaviour and wishes of its inhabitants and users. Examples like the self-driving car – which communicates with parking garages, offices, telephones and charging points – are expected to influence our behaviour to a great extent.


Beside small scale developments, there are still large sectors in which great disruptions take place. How can we optimize the efficiency of the Rotterdam harbours? How will the logistical branch be affected when drone transportation reaches widespread implementation? Can logistical real estate be used to generate (solar) energy? The demand of the client regarding retail shifts towards locally produced quality products that offer experience and leisure.


Real estate is characterised by a long timeframe of development and usage, but does this still fit in the current society of fast technological and societal development? How does this capital intensive sector cope with these changes? Do we focus on temporality or do we create adaptive real estate?


The built environment has no longer a function that limits to protection and shelter. The built environment should increase the living standard of its users. An example of such a development is urban agriculture. Beside the aspect of sustainability, gardening makes inhabitants more healthy and social. More and more areas are focused on mixed use development and walkability, two forms which contribute positively to the quality of life.