Sustainable Building Certification and the Rent Premium: A Panel Data Approach
28 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2012
Date Written: 2012
This paper investigates whether obtaining sustainable building certification entails a rental premium for commercial office buildings and tracks its development over time. To this aim, both a difference-in-differences and a fixed-effects model approach are applied to a large panel dataset of office buildings in the United States in the 2000–2010 period. The results indicate a significant rental premium for both ENERGY STAR and LEED certified buildings. Controlling for confounding factors, this premium is shown to have increased steadily from 2006 to 2008, followed by a moderate decline in the subsequent periods. The results also show a significant positive relationship between ENERGY STAR labeling and building occupancy rates.
Keywords: sustainable, LEED, ENERGY STAR, rental premium, commercial, office
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