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Is intrinsic energy efficiency reflected in the pricing of office leases?

Fuerst, F., Van de Wetering, J. and Wyatt, P. (2013) Is intrinsic energy efficiency reflected in the pricing of office leases? Building Research & Information, 41 (4). pp. 373-383. ISSN 0961-3218

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/09613218.2013.780229


This paper investigates whether the intrinsic energy efficiency rating of an office building has a significant impact on its rental value. A sample of 817 transactions for offices with Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) in the UK is used to assess whether a pricing differential can be identified, depending on the energy rating. While previous analyses of this topic have typically relied on appraisal-based and/or asking rent data, the dataset used in this research contains actual contract rents as well as information on lease terms. The results indicate a significant rental premium for energy-efficient buildings. However, it is found that this premium appears to be mainly driven by the youngest cohort of state-of-the-art energy-efficient buildings. The results also show that tenants of more energy-efficient buildings tend to pay a lower service charge, but this link appears to be rather weak and limited to newer buildings. Hence, it is argued that the information contained in the EPC is still not fully taken into account in the UK commercial property market with the possible exception of both the highest and the lowest EPC ratings.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > Real Estate and Planning
ID Code:32896
Uncontrolled Keywords:commercial offices, eco-labelling, energy efficiency, Energy Performance Certificate, hedonic modelling, rental premium, rental values
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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