The paper aims to estimate the effect of energy efficiency on the Market Value of office buildings and consider whether this effect increases over time.
The authors analyze a dataset of office building valuations from 2009 to 2011, provided by the German Investment Property Database. The authors use hedonic regression models to determine the effect of energy efficiency and energy consumption on Market Values. Using generalized additive models (GAM) for modeling nonlinear covariate effects, the authors control for further building characteristics and location. Due to the small sample size, the authors introduce an innovative econometric approach that mitigates this problem.
Mainly due to the small sample size, and in spite of the newly developed econometric methodology, the authors do not find clear evidence of the relationship between energy efficiency and the Market Value. However, the study nonetheless provides interesting insights into the composition of office building Market Values in Germany.
In addition to the empirical results for the German office market, the main contribution of this paper lies in the econometric methodology. Beside the application of cutting-edge statistical techniques, the authors develop a method for handling datasets, for which the variable of interest is rarely observed, leveraging on the total available data. Thus, the methodology offers promising prospects for future research in similar settings.
The authors are thankful to Investment Property Database (IDP), Germany, for provision of the dataset used in this study. The usual disclaimers apply.
Surmann, M., Brunauer, W. and Bienert, S. (2015), "How does energy efficiency influence the Market Value of office buildings in Germany and does this effect increase over time?", Journal of European Real Estate Research, Vol. 8 No. 3, pp. 243-266. https://doi.org/10.1108/JERER-04-2015-0018Download as .RIS
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