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Sustainable Real Estate: Transitioning Beyond Cost Savings


Sustainable Real Estate: Transitioning Beyond Cost Savings

Walker, Thomas and Goubran, Sherif ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2365-0351 (2020) Sustainable Real Estate: Transitioning Beyond Cost Savings. In: Sustainability (Business and Society 360). Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 141-161. ISBN 978-1-83867-374-1

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In recent years, sustainability considerations in the real estate sector have moved from being a niche market phenomenon to a mainstream trend. The movement has been accompanied by a shift in the industry’s perception of sustainable buildings. Traditional cost-saving goals are now complemented by a growing interest in the potential for sustainable buildings to tackle broader economic and social sustainability challenges as well as issues related to health and well-being. The real estate industry is increasingly expected to adapt its strategies to incorporate new and more stringent environmental and urban development requirements, to cater to shifting demographics, and to utilize new advancements in construction processes and materials. This chapter explores recent research on sustainable real estate and highlights some of the newest trends in the market. The chapter then examines how policy and technological advancements can enable real estate developers to tackle environmental, social, and economic sustainability challenges. This will be exemplified through a focus on carbon taxation and timber construction. Based on these case studies, the chapter illustrates how today’s sustainable real estate sector – marked by its move beyond a focus on cost savings – requires for building practices to be strongly rooted in global, sustainable development policies.

Divisions:Concordia University > John Molson School of Business > Finance
Item Type:Book Section
Authors:Walker, Thomas and Goubran, Sherif
Date:15 June 2020
  • The Sam and Diane Scalia Sustainable Built Environment Program at Concordia University
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1108/S2514-175920200000004008
Keywords:Sustainable real estate; carbon taxation; timber construction; built environment; market transition
ID Code:986906
Deposited On:19 Jun 2020 13:59
Last Modified:19 Jun 2020 13:59
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Additional Information:This research was funded by the Sam and Diane Scalia Sustainable Built Environment Program at Concordia University. We are grateful to Tyler Schwartz and Adele Dumont-Bergeron for their excellent research assistance.
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