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      BEYOND PAYBACK: A COMPARISON OF FINANCIAL METHODS FOR INVESTMENTS IN GREEN BUILDING

      , P.E., Ph.D. 1

      Journal of Green Building

      College Publishing

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          Abstract

          The green building movement is growing rapidly. Economic analysis of financial, other tangible, and intangible costs and benefits can help to sustain the movement over time. This purpose of this paper is to compare and contrast four methods of economic analysis to support green building decisions, and to identify the strengths, weaknesses, data requirements, and research needs associated with each. Five green features from a project in California are used to illustrate the methods and issues. The features are representative of the types of challenges building developers and designers face. The specific data used is illustrative, and the pattern of results across methods and examples is generally applicable. The more advanced financial calculations provide essential information for overcoming financial obstacles such as split incentives or excessively high hurdle rates for green investments.

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              Journal
              jgrb
              Journal of Green Building
              College Publishing
              1552-6100
              1943-4618
              1943-4618
              Winter 2006
              : 1
              : 1
              : 80-91
              Author notes

              1.Principal Economist and Engineer, The Pacific Institute, Oakland California, 510-251-1600 and gwolff@ 123456pacinst.org . The author is also a past President of the Alameda County Recycling Board, a County Charter Agency that is a national leader in green building (see www.stopwaste.org).

              2.LEED certification historically has been available only for commercial projects that are ready to occupy. But much of the commercial market is core and shell construction, with internal walls and finishes installed as tenants agree to lease space.

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              jgb.1.1.80
              10.3992/jgb.1.1.80
              ©2006 by College Publishing. All rights reserved.

              Volumes 1-7 of JOGB are open access and do not require permission for use, though proper citation should be given. To view the licenses, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

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              Pages: 12
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