Sustainable properties should be recognised with a higher valuation than their less energy-efficient counterparts, it has been claimed. Gordon Miller, co-founder and sustainability and communications director of Sustain Worldwide, stated that it is "long overdue" that buildings designed to save energy are given a higher price tag.
He explained that there are numerous advantages to such properties, for both investors and homeowners alike. Those living in a house that uses sustainable materials and design principles can look forward to lower utility bills, while there are other benefits for investors. "They will increase in value faster - or depreciate less than existing homes - because they are more future-proofed than a conventionally-built existing house that will require expensive retrofitting," Mr Miller commented.
But it is not only residential real estate where sustainability should be recognised, with the Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors noting earlier this month that the market for such commercial properties is also growing. As a result, the organisation has published an information paper about how to value such assets to help its members accurately take such factors into account.
- Wednesday 28 September 2011