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Sustainability Metrics and Property Value: The need for a standardized sustainability description
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Real Estate and Construction Management, Building and Real Estate Economics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0770-234X
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Abstract [en]

It is known that certified buildings can fetch a higher price on the market, but that it is related to the certificate rather than the performance. If those price premiums are to continue existing, there is a need to be able to prove that certified sustainable buildings also perform according to expectations. The aim of this paper is to try and identify a minimalized shortlist of performance metrics that have the potential to affect market price in commercial real estate. By addressing sustainability assessment schemes in comparison with the RICS sustainability checklist, Due Diligence studies and previous studies on what is technologically available, a shortlist comprised of nine key performance indicators is proposed that can help understand more about the connections between sustainable performance of commercial buildings and market price. The list covers the basic categories of emissions, energy, water and materials and can provide an idea of the environmental performance of the building while in operation. The idea is to use the information provided from this shortlist in valuation reports, and in this way it will be possible to identify connections between specific performance metrics and market price in the future.

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Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-200313OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-200313DiVA, id: diva2:1068052
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QC 20170124

Available from: 2017-01-24 Created: 2017-01-24 Last updated: 2017-02-03Bibliographically approved
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1. Performance Metrics for Sustainability Value
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2016 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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The trend that started with Green Building has moved on into Sustainable Building. But how do we know that something is really sustainable? This project started out with the intention to find a small set of performance indicators for commercial buildings, which could be continuously measured and monitored over time, which would give a good indication of the level of sustainability of the building and as such, and be presented as an additional part in a valuation. Since it has been shown several times over by now that properties that can prove they are sustainable generate a higher market price, these performance indicators would be interesting from the perspective of a valuation professional. In order to find these parameters, the project began with three of the international environmental certification systems and one Swedish system, to study which parameters are considered important in these systems. Following that study, surveys and interviews within the real estate business in Sweden provided an insight into how performance is measured today. Lastly, by combining those studies with a review of the sustainability information considered important by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) from a valuation professional’s point of view and an updated literature review, a simple set of indicators could indeed be identified. There is however, still a problem with defining their actual impact on market price. Other authors have come to the conclusion that although sustainability can be measured to some extent, incorporating that information into valuation of the property in a statistical secure way is not yet possible. We need to increase our knowledge about the performance of our built environment and the presented key performance indicators in this thesis would help us do just that. We can also see that real estate owners in many cases already gather much information about their buildings, but they lack the incentives to share that data with others.

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Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2016. p. 23
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TRITA-FOB ; 2017:1
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Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology
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Real Estate and Construction Management
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-200315 (URN)978-91-85783-73-1 (ISBN)
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2017-01-30, L22, Drottning Kristinas Väg 30, Stockholm, 13:00
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Available from: 2017-01-24 Created: 2017-01-24 Last updated: 2017-01-24Bibliographically approved

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