29 Oct '12, 2pm

Interesting opinion piece about sustainability and value @UKGBC

One of the most frequent and challenging questions I am asked by property investors is ‘are sustainable buildings more valuable’. This is, after all, the holy grail for many within the industry. If it is possible to demonstrate that sustainability adds value to an asset then surely this must prove beyond doubt that sustainability should be a crucial part of property investment and development? And so, we have seen many valiant attempts to link sustainability with value. The majority of these use EPCs and building ratings (BREEAM, LEED etc) as the ‘measure’ of sustainability and set out to demonstrate a link with asset or rental value. As many of these studies are undertaken by organisations keen to promote sustainability not surprisingly they claim that sustainability does add value, some as much as a 28% premium. A smaller number argue that there is no causal link at all....

Full article: http://www.ukgbc.org/opinion/sustainability-and-value-%E2...

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