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The Economics of Green Building

Last Updated: 01-18-2021

This paper from the Institute of Business and Economic Research explores the effect that sustainability improvements in buildings have on the economy. The paper discusses the measurements and data sources documenting the energy efficiency of U.S. buildings, analyzes short-run price dynamics based on a panel of green commercial buildings, and presents new evidence on the economic returns to the investments in green buildings.

Resource Type: Thirdparty resources, Research and reports, Financial value of energy efficiency
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Did Your Energy Efficiency Project Get Lost in Translation? Financial Speak for Facility Managers

Last Updated: 06-20-2020

Do you have energy efficiency projects that have been postponed or rejected due to capital budget limitations, other projects with better returns, or lack of expertise? Yet, from your perspective the project should be a “no brainer” due to the immediate positive cash flows generated by the energy savings. Understanding your organization’s decision-making process, being able to effectively speak to the benefit of improved cash flow, and improving your financial literacy can greatly increase your probability of receiving approval for a project. The self-funding aspect of energy efficiency is often under-appreciated by senior management, and you want to be able to clearly address any questions, concerns, and benefits.

Topic: Energy management guidance, Financial
Resource Type: Research and reports, Financial value of energy efficiency
Market Sector: Restaurants, Retail, Senior living, Multifamily housing, Small business, State & local government, K12 schools, Corporate real estate, Congregations, Auto dealers, Commercial real estate, Federal agencies, Higher education, Hospitality, Healthcare, Grocery & convenience stores, General industrial/manufacturing

Portfolio Greenness and the Financial Performance of REITs

Last Updated: 10-31-2019

This report from Maastricht University discusses the effects of the sustainability of commercial properties on their operating and stock performance. Investors considering incorporating the environmental performance of a building into investment decisions may benefit from this report. Using a sample of U.S. Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), the report estimates that an REIT's sustainability is positively related to return on assets, return on equity, and the ration of funds from operations to total revenue.

Resource Type: Thirdparty resources, Research and reports, Financial value of energy efficiency
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Energy Efficiency and Value: Opportunities for Investors

Last Updated: 10-31-2019

This report from the Green Building Finance Consortium demonstrates that investing in energy efficiency enhances value in your real estate portfolios. This report takes a look at the growing demand for more efficient buildings, sales prices, lease rates and occupancy rates. It also provides real estate investors with academic and industry research, key steps, and best practices for integrating energy efficiency across your portfolios.

Resource Type: Thirdparty resources, Research and reports, Financial value of energy efficiency
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Untapped Potential of Commercial Buildings: Energy Use and Emissions

Last Updated: 10-17-2019

This white paper from the Green Building Finance Consortium examines the untapped energy efficiency potential held by commercial buildings in the state of California. It analyzes obstacles to achieving widespread adoption of building efficiencies and explores approaches to removing these barriers. Investment in low-cost technologies such as lighting, insulation, and windows are smart business decisions not only due to resulting cost savings, but also because LEED or ENERGY STAR certified buildings command higher rents (between 6%-7% higher) and maintain higher occupancy rates than comparable buildings.

Resource Type: Thirdparty resources, Research and reports, Financial value of energy efficiency
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NEEA Study: Examples of Deep Energy Savings in Existing Buildings

Last Updated: 10-17-2019

This report from the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) documents commercial building retrofit, renovation, and upgrade projects that have demonstrated or predicted performance of 30% or better than the average for comparable buildings. These profiles explore successful approaches to deep savings and energy performance, owner motivation and areas of innovation in order to accelerate market adoption of energy efficient retrofits. This work is part one of a three-phase project to develop case studies that demonstrate deep energy savings.

Resource Type: Thirdparty resources, Research and reports, Financial value of energy efficiency

Investment Returns from Responsible Property Investments: Energy Efficient, Transit-oriented and Urban Regeneration Office Properties in the US from 1998-2007

Last Updated: 10-16-2019

This report defines responsible property investing (RPI) as including facets such as investing in ENERGY STAR certified properties, transit-oriented development, and redevelopment areas. It shows that investors could have purchased a portfolio consisting solely of RPI office properties over the past 10 years and had performance that was better, at less risk, than a portfolio of properties without RPI features. The paper then breaks down the ways that various RPI features impact income, property values, capitalization rates, price appreciation and total returns.

Resource Type: Thirdparty resources, Research and reports, Financial value of energy efficiency

Doing Well by Doing Good: Green Office Buildings

Last Updated: 10-16-2019

This paper from Maastricht University compares certified green buildings with nearby buildings and determines that buildings with green ratings command substantially higher rents and selling prices than otherwise comparable buildings. According to researchers, ENERGY STAR certified buildings command a rental premium of about 3%, have higher occupancy, and bring in a 16% premium on selling prices.

Resource Type: Thirdparty resources, Research and reports, Financial value of energy efficiency
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A Look Inside the Cash Flow Opportunity Calculator: Calculations and Methodology

Last Updated: 07-19-2018

The Cash Flow Opportunity Calculator helps inform strategic decisions about financing energy efficiency projects. This document provides an explanation of the calculations and methodology at work behind the calculator.

Topic: Energy management guidance, Financial
Resource Type: Research and reports, Financial value of energy efficiency
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Making The Business Case For High Performance Green Buildings

Last Updated: 11-21-2016

This report from the U.S. Green Building Council explains how high performing buildings show proven cost-effectiveness, boost employee productivity, enhance tenant health, reduce liability for owners, and increase a building's property value. Certification programs like LEED and ENERGY STAR are creating common benchmarks, support tools and opportunities for the public which offer market differentiation and create higher value for buildings.

Resource Type: Thirdparty resources, Research and reports, Financial value of energy efficiency
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