08/25/2010

Sustainability in Owner-Occupied Buildings

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August 2010 Vol. 8 Issue 8
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Leveraging Investment and Providing Returns in Owner-Occupied Buildings

Sustainability's value proposition relies on many variables. For some, the dominant value lies in a property's marketability, operating income, or operational utility savings. For others, it is in resource conservation and environmental stewardship. Different financial models drive merchant developers, owners of multi-tenant buildings, and owners and managers of owner-occupied buildings. The motivations behind green building initiatives for these three types of building owners may overlap, but owner-occupied buildings are in a prime position to benefit directly from sustainable practices. Unlike merchant developers or developers of multi-tenant buildings, these owners are invested in their buildings for the long term, which offers more potential for return on investment and any improvements that impact building efficiency and/or affect their employees.

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