25 Jul '11, 12pm

Valuing Green—Appraisals to Include Environmental Features #greenbuilding

Still, Magdziarz says, people should not expect every dollar spent on green building features to add a dollar to the value of a building. “There has to be a measurable benefit,” he states, usually projected energy or water savings. For a home, a feature like sustainably harvested wood is unlikely to add to value during an appraisal unless it is “typical and demanded within the market area,” while highly efficient windows would likely add significant value (though perhaps not equal to the original investment, since the value comes from projected energy savings over the life of the building, not the price tag of the windows). With commercial buildings, valuing green features involves another layer of complexity—the demands of tenants—and can sometimes incorporate more amenities. “If there are benefits that tenants like, even though they won’t pay more money for them, that co...

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