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Value creation for tenants in environmentally certified buildings
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9469-6023
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2949-422X
2016 (English)In: Building Research & Information, ISSN 0961-3218, E-ISSN 1466-4321Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Previous research suggests that environmental certification (EC) affects rental rates in non-residential buildings, but there is still little understanding of how tenants differentiate such buildings from those without EC. This paper examines whether and how tenants perceive value creation in EC premises in Sweden. The findings (based on 29 questionnaire responses and 14 interviews with tenants in EC buildings) inform landlords and tenants on the development of EC strategies for improved organizational outcomes. EC creates value for tenants principally as support for their environmental management and reporting (e.g., low energy demand). EC is important for tenants internally, raising employee environmental awareness and improving employee attraction and retention. Tenants are generally positive about employee morale, indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and rental costs. However, it is not clear if such perceptions are dependent on features of modern premises in general, such as new fixtures, fittings and furnishings, and space-efficiency or from some EC-related feature. Tenants do not identify health or productivity increase in their EC premises. Findings suggest that the research focus should be shifted from investigating health and productivity increases through IEQ improvement to understanding the motivational improvement through value alignment with employees through EC.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2016.
Keyword [en]
buildings, environmental certification, environmental management, landlords, tenants, value creation, workplace
National Category
Environmental Management Building Technologies
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-201622DOI: 10.1080/09613218.2016.1207137ISI: 000414217500002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84983517134OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-201622DiVA, id: diva2:1073440
Projects
Green buildings and potential added value for property owners and tenants
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2011-224
Note

QC 20170308

Available from: 2017-02-10 Created: 2017-02-10 Last updated: 2017-11-20Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Managing high environmental performance?: Applying life cycle approaches and environmental certification tools in the building and real estate sectors
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Managing high environmental performance?: Applying life cycle approaches and environmental certification tools in the building and real estate sectors
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The main aim of this thesis is  to demonstrate and critically assess life cycle approaches’ and environmental certification (EC) tools’ potential for supporting decisions for improved environmental performance in the building and real estate sectors.

Using life cycle approaches, the thesis shows that for new build and renovation cases aiming for low operational energy use that embodied global warming potential (GWP) due to material production can constitute a large portion of a building’s lifetime GWP. Therefore life cycle based information about materials’ embodied GWP needs to be made available to and utilized by design process decision makers.

It was also shown that applying the Swedish EC tool Miljöbyggnad was useful in highlighting potential positive and negative changes in indoor environmental quality arising from renovation packages aiming at significant operational energy use reduction in existing multifamily buildings. However such renovation packages are not profitable from a property owner perspective. Miljöbyggnad may be useful when designing policy instruments to overcome this.   

The thesis also showed that EC and related environmental enhancements contribute to achieving property owners’ and tenants’ overall strategic objectives for value creation. For property owners this arises for example through lower energy costs and attracting desirable tenants. For tenants, value creation arises as support for internal and external environmental communication.

For the further development of life cycle approaches’ and EC tools’ application to buildings and real estate it is important to consider how they can be adapted to consider ‘distance to sustainable’ targets referencing for instance the planetary boundaries approach. It is also interesting to investigate how valuation of buildings and real estate may be performed in a way that expands from the current narrow focus on the economic perspective to also include environmental and social perspectives.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm, Sweden: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2017. p. 111
Series
TRITA-INFRA-FMS-PHD ; 2017:01
Keyword
Buildings, operational energy use, life cycle assessment, environmental certification, environmental assessment, renovation, strategy, design process, value creation, embodied environmental impacts
National Category
Environmental Management Building Technologies Architecture
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-201614 (URN)978-91-7729-284-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-03-17, D2, Lindstedtsvägen 5, Stockholm, 09:30
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Swedish Research Council Formas, 2008-1816Swedish Research Council Formas, 2011-224EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, FP7-ENV-2007-1
Note

QC 20170210

Available from: 2017-02-10 Created: 2017-02-10 Last updated: 2017-03-23Bibliographically approved

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