Doing Well by Doing Good? Green Office Buildings

Dec 31, 2010

• Commercial buildings with an Energy Star certification will rent for 3% more than similar buildings, and sell for as much as 16% more.

This paper provides the first credible evidence on the economic value of "green buildings" derived from impersonal market transactions rather than engineering estimates. We analyze clusters of certified green and nearby buildings, establishing that "rated" buildings command substantially higher rents and selling prices than otherwise identical buildings. Variations in premiums are systematically related to energy-saving characteristics. Increased energy efficiency is associated with increased selling prices -- beyond the premiums paid for a labeled building. 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.

Eichholtz, Piet, Nils Kok, and John M. Quigley. 2010. "Doing Well by Doing Good? Green Office Buildings." American Economic Review, 100 (5): 2492-2509.

Piet Eichholtz
Nils Kok
John M. Quigley
American Economic Review
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American Economic Association (AEA)

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