Quotation Porumb, Vlad, Maier, Gunther, Anghel, Ion. 2020. The impact of building location on green certification price premiums: Evidence from three European countries. Journal of Cleaner Production. 272




Green building certification has gained global prominence in the wake of the recent calls for ensuring the sustainable development of expanding urban areas. This trend rooted in the fact that buildings are among the main sources of energy consumption and CO2 emissions. Green certification therefore emerged in response to sustainability concerns throughout the building sector. Nonetheless, the significant costs required by green investments have elicited scholars’ attention, in an attempt to determine if the benefits of green certification outweigh its costs. This study uses a proprietary data-set of office building transactions from three major European countries - Finland, France, and Germany - in order to analyze the price premium of green certification over the 2010–2015 period. Considering the increasing demand for certification in the European Union (EU) after 2010, it is expected that green office buildings would sell at higher prices relative to non-green buildings. Empirical tests suggest that office buildings with green certification have a 19 percent higher price relative to non-certified buildings. Further, the study aims to assess whether the premium varies with the location of the green buildings within the urban area. Given the price premium brought by a central location - irrespective of green certification - it is expected that the price premium of green investments would incrementally increase in non-central locations. The distance variable is hand-constructed based on geocoding all properties in the dataset - empirical results indicate that the green certification price premium incrementally increases by 10.5 percent for 1-km distance from the city center.


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Publication's profile

Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Cleaner Production
Citation Index SCI
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, INF-A, STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title The impact of building location on green certification price premiums: Evidence from three European countries
Volume 272
Year 2020
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959652620321272?via%3Dihub
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.122080
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959652620321272/pdfft?md5=13e22dff411f1688eb0b250aaa485f01&pid=1-s2.0-S0959652620321272-main.pdf


Maier, Gunther (Details)
Anghel, Ion (Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania)
Porumb, Vlad (University of Groningen, Netherlands)
Research Institute for Spatial and Real Estate Economics FI (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1807 Economic geography (Details)
5329 Economics of location (Details)
5330 Site selection (Details)
5332 Transport economics (Details)
5606 Spatial research (Details)
5611 Urban and regional analysis (Details)
5612 Economics of location (Details)
5618 Regional economy (Details)
5702 Population statistics (Details)
5915 Economic geography (Details)
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