How Bautex Blocks can Increase the Value of Investment Properties

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 2014Nielsen 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.