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Taking the LEED? Analyzing Spatial Variations in Market Penetration Rates of Eco-Labeled Properties

  • Franz Fuerst

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    (School of Real Estate & Planning, Henley Business School, University of Reading)

  • Constantine Kontokosta

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    (New York University)

  • Pat McAllister

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    (School of Real Estate & Planning, Henley Business School, University of Reading)

This paper investigates the impact of policies to promote the adoption of LEED-certified buildings across CBSA in the United States. Drawing upon a unique database that combines data from a large number of sources and using a number of regression procedures, the determinants of the proportion LEED-certified space for more than 170 CBSA in the US is modeled. LEED-certified space still accounts for a relatively small proportion of commercial stock in all markets. The average proportion is less than 1%. There is no conclusive evidence of a positive impact of policy intervention on the levels of LEED-certified space. However, after accounting for bias introduced by non-random assignment of policies, we find preliminary evidence of a positive impact of city-level green building incentives. There is a significant positive association between market size and indicators of economic vitality on proportions of LEED-certified space.

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Paper provided by Henley Business School, Reading University in its series Real Estate & Planning Working Papers with number rep-wp2011-01.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:rdg:repxwp:rep-wp2011-01
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