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Green is Good: Sustainable Office Outperforms in Class A Urban Markets

As investor interest in ESG strategy rises, LEED-certified office provides a key indicator on comparative performance By 2023, 80% of investors intend to incorporate ESG into their strategy.

As demand for ESG-committed assets has grown, a key question has arisen: do these assets perform the same or better than their non-ESG peers? If so, is it possible to quantify this difference?  

Key takeaways:  

  • LEED-certified buildings have consistently achieved higher rents compared to their non-LEED counterparts. 

  • Attaining ESG commitment through LEED certification does come at higher cost through construction or renovation.  

  • LEED-certified assets outperform during recession-recovery periods. 

  • The pandemic accelerated tenant demand for ESG assets. 

  • LEED-certified assets held a 21.4% higher average market sales price per square foot over non-LEED buildings during the past three years. 

  • Sustainable assets are still fairly niche, with LEED-certification accounting for just 2.5% of the total urban office inventory in the United States.   

Click here to read more about why green is good for investors.   

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Eric Tilden (imagE)
Eric Tilden

SMD, Asset Services
Washington, United States


+1 (202) 463-1359

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Rachel Schiftan
Rachel Schiftan

Associate Director, Sustainability
Washington, United States


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