The design of investment properties, in today’s market, focuses on healthy-sustainable (green) building construction. The focus on healthy-sustainable construction has created an increasing demand for and value of healthy-sustainable investment properties. In fact, a 2012 report by the McGraw-Hill Construction concluded that client and market demand is the driving force behind the increase in healthy-sustainable structures. Furthermore, the Dodge Data & Analytics World Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket Report predicts a doubling every three years of the green building sector. As the awareness of the financial and environmental benefits of healthy-sustainable building design expands, green investment properties are becoming increasingly profitable and sought-after.
The Benefits of Healthy-Sustainable Investment Properties
The business opportunities of healthy-green investment properties are increasing due to client and market demand. The benefits that make healthy-sustainable buildings appealing are financial, environmental, and social.
1. Financial benefits: McGraw-Hill Construction reported these financial benefits of healthy-sustainable buildings in 2012.
- Healthy-sustainable properties have 8 percent less operating costs over one year compared to non-healthy-sustainable properties
- Healthy-sustainable properties have 15 percent less operating costs over five years compared to non-healthy-sustainable properties
- The value of healthy-sustainable properties is 7 percent greater than non-healthy-sustainable properties
2. Environmental benefits: Healthy-sustainable properties are good for the environment. In fact, LEED-certified buildings have been proven to use 25 percent less energy, 15 percent less water, and emit 35 percent less carbon dioxide.
3. Social benefits: Worker productivity and satisfaction increases in healthy-sustainable properties. In fact, a 2012 study found that office employees working with good indoor environmental quality (EQ) did 10 to 25 percent better on tests of memory recall and mental function. LEED-certified buildings also demonstrate increased recruitment and retention rates.
Increasingly, the choice to rent or purchase a property today considers the financial, social, and environmental benefits of healthy-sustainable design. A 2014 Nielsen global survey on corporate social responsibility found that 55 percent of the respondents would pay more for products and services produced or offered by companies dedicated to creating positive social and environmental impacts on their communities. The financial, social, and environmental benefits are the driving forces behind the increasing trend towards healthy-sustainable investment property design.
The Design of a Healthy-Sustainable Investment Property
A healthy-sustainable investment property promotes an indoor environment that is safe, healthy and productive to its occupants, is energy and water efficient, and minimizes material and resource use. The design should also consider the effect of the building’s location, orientation, and landscape on the ecosystem. Consideration of these factors is the right thing to do. It can also pay off financially with increasing property values and lower operating and maintenance costs.
Bautex™ Blocks for Sustainable Investment Property Design
The Bautex Wall System is an ideal choice for a healthy-sustainable building design. Bautex Blocks create an energy-efficient building envelope that is pest, rot, disaster and fire resistant. Bautex Wall Systems also provides an excellent EQ and is low maintenance
- Bautex Block Wall Assembly creates an energy-efficient building envelope that is compliant with the latest building codes. Bautex Block walls provide an R-14 continuous insulation; far exceeding 2015 IECC recommendations for mass wall assemblies.
- Bautex Block Wall Assembly creates indoor environments that are comfortable and enhance the productivity of its occupants
- The Bautex Wall System insulated concrete wall system reduces the transfer of sound from the outside to the inside of a structure. In fact, the Bautex Wall System received a high Sound Transmission Class (STC) rating of 51 and a high Outdoor-Indoor Transmission Class (OITC) performance rating of 47
- Bautex AMB 20 air and moisture barrier applied to the block wall prevents air and moisture infiltration to the interior of a building
- Bautex Blocks have lower volatile organic compound (VOC) emittance than wood
- Bautex Blocks are pest-resistant
- Bautex Blocks are low maintenance because concrete is less susceptible to rot than wood or steel
- Bautex Block Wall Assembly is disaster resistant. Bautex Block Wall Assembly meets the FEMA 320 and FEMA 361 guidelines in storm zones with possible wind speeds up to 250 miles per hour. The Bautex Blocks also meet or exceed ICC-500 and FEMA standards for debris impact.
The trend towards healthy-sustainable investment properties is largely due to their increasing real estate values. The goals of a healthy-sustainable design are to reduce depletion of energy, water, land, and raw materials, prevent the destruction of the ecosystem, and create buildings that are comfortable, safe, and productive. The results of a health-sustainable design are higher property values and a competitive advantage in today's investment real estate market. For more information on trends in investment property design, visit Bautex Wall Systems.