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Sustainability study shows marked change in property investors’ priorities | 30 August 2012

The attitude of European property investors towards the sustainability of their purchases is changing, according to the results of a sustainability study from Union Investment.

It found that increasingly, such investors are more concerns about the sustainability of their entire portfolio, rather than that of individual assets. Thirty-four per cent of investors surveyed by Union Investment said they had been analysing the ‘final energy consumption, life-cycle costs and waste volume’ levels of their portfolios.

Only 29 per cent confirmed that any sustainability strategies they roll out were done so with only one property in mind.

Property-magazine.eu also revealed that sustainable guidelines for tenants and so-called ‘green’ leases have become a priority for 35 per cent of investors. It went on to add that French and UK investors in particular are ‘consistently more active in terms of sustainable property investment than their German counterparts at the moment’. In fact, France has shown a considerable desire to create green leases.

The results, also cited by Pie-mag.com, additionally showed that 49 per cent of British investors are creating sustainability reports regarding their portfolios; the most promising percentage noted.

However, under 20 per cent of those surveyed feel their country provides ‘clear evaluation criteria’ for green buildings; something which might inspire Europe’s respective governments to re-assess their guidelines.

Written by Deborah Bates on behalf of Qube Global Software

While posted by Qube Global Software all views expressed are not necessarily those of the company. All facts are verified where possible directly by the author.

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