New York City Property Values: What is the Impact of Green Roofs on Rental Pricing?

Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences. 2011 (March), Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 21-30

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Kiku Ichihara

University of Hartford

Jeffrey Cohen

University of Connecticut - School of Business

Date Written: March 2011

Abstract

Green roofs have recently seen increasing popularity in many cities, such as New York, due to their cooling effects, stormwater control features, and aesthetics and amenity values. Few known studies, however, have attempted to quantify the benefits of green roofs into monetary values. We use hedonic regression techniques to obtain estimates that apartment rents in buildings with green roofs in the Battery Park City area of New York were about 16% higher on average than in buildings without green roofs. Battery Park City is located in the Upper Bay Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) watershed. If we were to extend the Battery Park City findings to the entire Upper Bay CSO watershed and if all buildings in the CSO watershed were to install green roofs, our results imply that rental receipts in the watershed could increase by as much as approximately $2.1 billion monthly.

Keywords: green roofs, apartment rental prices, hedonic methods, stormwater runoff

JEL Classification: Q51

Suggested Citation

Ichihara, Kiku and Cohen, Jeffrey, New York City Property Values: What is the Impact of Green Roofs on Rental Pricing? (March 2011). Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences. 2011 (March), Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 21-30, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2819616

Kiku Ichihara

University of Hartford ( email )

West Hartford, CT 06117-1599
United States

Jeffrey Cohen (Contact Author)

University of Connecticut - School of Business ( email )

368 Fairfield Road
Storrs, CT 06269-2041
United States

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