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Valuing Sustainability in Housing

The Green Deal – An Introduction
Valuing Sustainability in the Market

There is a usual question that arises in any discussion about the sustainable design of buildings. Does it add value to add sustainability features? Is there any market signal that tenants or buyers of sustainable buildings are paying a premium for more efficient buildings? Two recent signals suggest that it does.

Residential Market: In a recent consultation paper the RICS points out that valuers follow the market and do not lead it, but that valuers have a duty to be knowledgeable about the market and to be able to understand the signals that are coming from it. The fact that the RICS has carried out this consultation at all is significant. The final paragraph of their conclusion states that:

7.3 Overall, it is considered likely that residential markets will, over time, become increasingly sensitised to sustainability considerations and as part of establishing market value and market rent, residential valuers should seek to keep abreast of trends and ensure that they collect appropriate and sufficient sustainability data when inspecting property to enable them to analyse these and apply them to any property valuation.

Among the sustainability considerations included are scores in Code for Sustainable Homes ratings, EPC’s and Building Regulations information. In the near future this will include the comparison between homes that have had the Green Deal applied to them and those that have not.

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