Sustainability and the dynamics of green buildings (RICS)

Published October 2010

In tackling climate change, increasing focus is being given to the operation of the built environment and it has become clear that improvements in the 'sustainability' of buildings can have large effects on the greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency of the economy. This report, by Piet Eichholtz and Nils Kok of Maastricht University, The Netherlands, and John Quigley of University of California, Berkeley, USA, looks at the financial performance of 'green' office building, following their earlier report, 'Doing Well by Doing Good: Green Office Buildings'. The report examines the impact of the economic downturn and recent surge in investment in energy-efficient and sustainable office buildings. Importantly, it also disentangles the 'green' premium.