Business & Policy Economics Green Buildings and Higher Rents Linked By Melissa Hincha-Ownby Writer Arizona State University Melissa Hincha-Owny is a business writer who has covered topics ranging from personal finance and corporate social responsibility to parenting. our editorial process Melissa Hincha-Ownby Updated January 10, 2020 Green buildings ask for more green from their tenants. (Photo: Peter Siroki [CC BY 2.0]/Flickr) Share Twitter Pinterest Email Business & Policy Corporate Responsibility Environmental Policy Economics Food Issues Green makes green, makes sense, right? A new study has shown that green buildings are linked to higher building rents so green (buildings) makes green (money). Today, GreenerBuilding News reported about the new study, Doing Well By Doing Good. The study was conducted by individuals from the University of California, Berkeley, and Maastricht University in The Netherlands. “The survey of almost 900 buildings found that buildings with an Energy Star certificate attracted rental premiums of three per cent per sq ft compared with "non-green buildings" of the same size, location and function. When rental concessions were removed from the equation the premium was higher still with Energy Star buildings attracting a premium of over six per cent.” Source: GreenerBuildings The study was a project of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and can be downloaded in its entirety from GreenerBuildings: Doing Well By Doing Good (PDF).