Charles Lietner

28 August 2013 — The global real estate industry continues to make progress in improving the environmental performance of existing buildings, according to a new report published by the Urban Land Institute’s Greenprint Center for Building Performance.

The Greenprint Performance Report Volume 4, which measured and tracked the performance of 3232 buildings owned by Greenprint’s members, including 189 properties in Asia Pacific, found a year-over-year reduction of 3.2 per cent in energy consumption and 3.4 per cent in carbon emissions.

The report also found a 21.4 per cent increase in recycling and a 0.5 per cent increase in water consumption.

The data was submitted to the Greenprint Center by its 31 members and affiliated partners, who comprise an alliance of the world’s leading real estate owners, investors and financial institutions committed to improving environmental performance across the global property industry.

Greenprint aims for a 50 per cent reduction in the overall building emissions for its property portfolio by 2030.

The 3232 buildings span 44 countries and accommodate more than 1.1 million people.

“The reduction in both energy consumption and carbon emissions are very encouraging signs and a clear indication that the global real estate sector is moving in the right direction,” said Greenprint’s chairman Charles Leitner.