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Sustainability Conference

Sustainability and the Value Proposition:  Analysis and Risk

March 7 | 9:00am to 12:00pm
243 S State St, Room LL102

The Green movement has been led by environmental activists, architects, and planners. Varying standards for defining, measuring, and tracking the success of the movement have been developed, and most attention has been focused on managing and controlling energy consumption and water resources. Toward that end the early days of debate revolved around site design, building materials, mechanical system design and implementation, and competing certification schemes. The question was, "Does the cost of going green pay off in lower operating and management expense?" Preliminary research suggested that office buildings leased faster and stayed occupied longer if they achieved LEED status. Many people extrapolated from that research and extended its conclusions to other property types.

More recently we have begun to ask more complex questions about both the costs and the benefits of sustainablue design and construction, and how we should integrate new information in o the investment decision model. Here are key questions:

  • What are the costs and benefits of energy and water savings? How do we measure it and can we maintain the projected savings over the life of the building?
  • Can the recent assertions about the implications for the health of your employees be measured and does it impact the value of the building?
  • Are people more productive in green buildings?
  • How can we incorporate what we know into a better model for underwriting?

March 7 | 9:00am to 12:00pm
243 S State St, Room LL102