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Partner Event: ULI Fall Conference


Friday, September 20, 2019
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm - EDT


The Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Place NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) is holding its fall conference this year in Washington, D.C. TIA is bringing its Smart Buildings thought leadership to this conference, leading a presentation with panelists from Avalon Bay and MetLife.

Panel Description:

Smart buildings will create a scalable foundation for creating the elusive smart city, building by building, from the group up. But what is a smart building? And how do the in-building communications work? What does the real estate community need to know about them? ULI is working with the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) to review and support their development of a “smart building” certification to streamline industry definitions and standards around what exactly it means to be a smart building. Experts from the TIA and a real estate owner will help decipher/demystify in-building communications for today and future real estate properties, and explain in sufficient detail to ensure that attendees are fully up to speed on “Smart Buildings 101.”


  • Ben Grippi, Associate Director, Equity Asset Management, MetLife Investment Management, Real Estate; Chairperson, MetLife’s Technology Advisory Committee (RETAC)
  • Karen Hollinger, Senior Vice President, Avalon Bay Communities and MetLife Investment Management
  • Limor Schafman, Senior Director, Smart Buildings Program, TIA; Co-chair GCTC/SC3 Smart Buildings Super Cluster

For more information, please contact Limor Schafman at lschafman@tiaonline.org