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The Value of "Green": Evidence from the First Mandatory Residential Green Building Program


  • Ramya Rajajagadeesan Aroul

    (University of Texas, Arlington)

  • J. Andrew Hansz

    (California State University, Fresno)


There has been recent interest in green building and development practices and research. Resulting from growing environmental awareness and concerns, mandatory residential green building programs have been implemented nationally at the municipal level and Texas has passed legislation to create a statewide program. However, the impact of greenness on residential property values has not been rigorously evaluated. This study examines residential transaction prices in two cities and finds a statistically significant premium associated with "green" properties. Additionally, there is evidence of a larger premium associated with green properties located in Frisco, Texas, the nation’s first mandatory residential green building program.

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  • Ramya Rajajagadeesan Aroul & J. Andrew Hansz, 2012. "The Value of "Green": Evidence from the First Mandatory Residential Green Building Program," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 34(1), pages 27-50.
  • Handle: RePEc:jre:issued:v:34:n:1:2012:p:27-50

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    1. Zalejska Jonsson, Agnieszka, 2018. "The Relationship between Environmental Factors and Purchasing Decisions in the Residential Market," Working Paper Series 18/1, Royal Institute of Technology, Department of Real Estate and Construction Management & Centre for Banking and Finance (cefin).
    2. Jiro Yoshida & Ayako Sugiura, 2015. "The Effects of Multiple Green Factors on Condominium Prices," The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Springer, vol. 50(3), pages 412-437, April.
    3. Walls, Margaret & Palmer, Karen & Gerarden, Todd, 2013. "Is Energy Efficiency Capitalized into Home Prices? Evidence from Three US Cities," Discussion Papers dp-13-18, Resources For the Future.
    4. Shaun A. Bond & Avis Devine, 2016. "Certification Matters: Is Green Talk Cheap Talk?," The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Springer, vol. 52(2), pages 117-140, February.
    5. Florian Fizaine & Pierre VoyŽ & Catherine Baumont, 2017. "Does the literature support a high willingness to pay for green label buildings? An answer with treatment of publication bias," Policy Papers 2017.03, FAERE - French Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.
    6. Shaun A. Bond & Avis Devine, 2016. "Incentivizing Green Single-Family Construction: Identifying Effective Government Policies and Their Features," The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Springer, vol. 52(4), pages 383-407, May.
    7. Julia Freybote & Hua Sun & Xi Yang, 2015. "The Impact of LEED Neighborhood Certification on Condo Prices," Real Estate Economics, American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, vol. 43(3), pages 586-608, September.

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    • L85 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Real Estate Services


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