Characteristics of the Investment Market for Sustainable Property Investments
Nevertheless, real estate professionals in Europe are slowly becoming aware of the possibilities of this trend. A major contribution to this development is the growing number of certificated buildings across Europe, raising the visibility of sustainability
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issues. Many discussions have taken place on the sense and nonsense of sustainability certificates. In spite of this, the number of certified buildings continues to increase and certification systems are continually improved. The Deutsche Bank Towers, for example, are both accredited with two certificates: the LEED and the DGNB certificate.
An increasing number of owners and developers choose certificates as an assessment method or benchmark for their building. Sustainability certificates are a testimony to improved building technologies, which are usually difficult to observe. This enhances the transparency of a building’s sustainable features and may therefore lead to increased investments. However, the number of certifications has been slow to pick up in Europe.
In response to this situation this work aims to give a detailed analysis of the characteristics of sustainable property investments. Because of the interconnectedness of socially responsible investments and sustainable property investments, this work outlines both, in order to keep in focus the various actors, historical developments, and strategies.
Moreover, this work is an exploration of possible drivers for and impediments to the diffusion of sustainable buildings. This work aims to answer the questions of what forces drive the supply and demand of sustainable property investments and to what extent. These questions are analyzed with a particularly European focus, as the current state and development in Europe differs from that of other regions.