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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.