Previously published as: Journal of Property Valuation and Investment
Online from: 1999
Subject Area: Built Environment
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|Title:||Retrofitting commercial office buildings for sustainability: tenants' perspectives|
|Author(s):||Evonne Miller, (Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia), Laurie Buys, (Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia)|
|Citation:||Evonne Miller, Laurie Buys, (2008) "Retrofitting commercial office buildings for sustainability: tenants' perspectives", Journal of Property Investment & Finance, Vol. 26 Iss: 6, pp.552 - 561|
|Keywords:||Buildings, Customer satisfaction, Sustainable design, User studies|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/14635780810908398 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||The authors would like to acknowledge Integra Asset Management (Australia) for providing the funding that enabled this research to be conducted and for facilitating access to participants.|
Purpose – Buildings, which account for approximately half of all annual energy and greenhouse gas emissions, are an important target area for any strategy addressing climate change. Whilst new commercial buildings increasingly address sustainability considerations, incorporating green technology in the refurbishment process of older buildings presents many technical, financial and social challenges. This paper aims to explore the social dimension, focusing on the perspectives of commercial office building tenants.
Design/methodology/approach – Semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with seven residents and neighbours of the case-study building undergoing green refurbishment in Melbourne, Australia. Responses were analysed using a thematic approach, identifying categories, themes and patterns.
Findings – Commercial property tenants are on a journey to sustainability. Tenants are interested and willing to engage in discussions about sustainability initiatives, but the process, costs and benefits need to be clear.
Research limitations/implications – The findings, while limited by non-random sampling and small sample size, highlight that the commercial property market is interested in learning about sustainability in the built environment.
Practical implications – The findings highlight the importance of developing a strong business case and transition plan for sustainability in commercial buildings. As sustainable buildings become mainstream, tenants predicted the emergence of a “non-sustainability discount” for residing in buildings without sustainable features.
Originality/value – This research offers a beginning point for understanding the difficulty of integrating green technology in older commercial buildings. Tenants currently have limited understandings of technology and potential building performance outcomes, which ultimately could impede the implementation of sustainable initiatives in older buildings.
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