Green Buildings Benefit Investors and the Planet

Wednesday 13th April 2016

“Saving the planet is not the only reason why commercial real estate investors should seek out  buildings that use green technology.”

The above statement if made about a new report from the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing, energy efficiency and sustainable technologies could aid US businesses cut their buildings’ annual expenses by 3% to 30%.

The report claims that these savings can potentially add $3.5 billion-$34.9 billion  of asset value in the 10 largest US commercial real-estate markets. The report details the yearly utility savings in each of those 10 US cities, which can range from $32 million in Philadelphia to $239 million in New York. That potentially adds $489 million to $4.8 billion of asset value. 

Technologies ranging from energy efficient LED lighting through to real-time energy monitors can all help reduce energy demand.

Buildings, particular commercial, are a major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions, recognised as being responsible for almost 33% of global emissions. With the built environment consuming around 40% of energy - hence building need to be a major target for sustainability action.

Picture of Manhattan Office Building by Beyond My Ken reproduced under CCL.

Categories: General, Renewable, Reviews, Technology

Wednesday 13th April 2016


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