Future proofing industrial property assets via sustainable development

Future proofing industrial property assets via sustainable development

POSTED 07 September 2020

Sustainability is key to the future proofing of industrial assets. The concept of a ‘green building’ is more typically linked to office buildings, however there has been increasing demand within the industrial sector to become more sustainable via the development of environmentally conscious buildings.

Rather than the creation of green buildings as a tick box exercise, sustainable development is being led by tenant demand for buildings that provide decreased energy and resource consumption and improved operational efficiencies. The need to comply with regulation, such as EPC certification, has also assisted in placing sustainability front and centre of acquisition decision making. 

Increasingly, those that operate within industrial buildings are using environmental sustainability as a value add to their brand, linking their identity to the greener credentials of how they operate. Occupiers of industrial assets are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of their buildings in creating improvements in productivity amongst their workforce. Natural ventilation, light and comfortable building temperatures are proven to create a marked improvement in production output.

The outcome of the above factors is that sustainable buildings are more marketable and attract higher rental income and longer occupancy than their non-sustainable counterparts. The recovery from Covid 19, provides an opportunity to re-assess the importance of sustainable development within both new-build and existing stock refurbishments. Health and well-being, access, space planning and ventilation are now increasingly important to occupiers. Financial and environmental benefits await those that embrace a sustainable development model to future proof their industrial assets.

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