Posted: 29 Sep 2009
Date Written: August 1, 2009
This paper provides the first credible evidence on the economic value of the certification of “green buildings” - derived from impersonal market transactions rather than engineering estimates. Our analysis of clusters of certified green buildings and nearby comparables establishes that buildings with “green ratings” command substantially higher rents and selling prices than otherwise identical buildings.
Moreover, variations in the premium for green office buildings are systematically related to their energy-saving characteristics. An increase in the energy efficiency of a green building is associated with a substantial increase in selling price - over and above the premium for a labeled building. Further evidence suggests that the intangible effects of the label itself may also play a role in determining the values of green buildings in the marketplace.
Keywords: environmental sustainability, energy efficiency, green labels, real estate
JEL Classification: G51, M14, D92
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Eichholtz, Piet M. A. and Kok, Nils and Quigley, John M., Doing Well by Doing Good? Green Office Buildings (August 1, 2009). American Economic Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1480215