Course Description and Outline

CPD 125: Green Value – Valuing Sustainable Commercial Buildings

Pre-requisite: Recommend BUSI 330 and BUSI 331, or a thorough understanding of the three approaches to value.

This course explores how contemporary environmental issues impact real estate decision-making. It describes architectural design and building construction practices that contribute to a building's "green-ness", international standards for rating green buildings, the business case for green building investments, and whether or not green features add to real estate’s market value.

Course Outline

FOREWORD: Introduction to Professional Development Courses

LESSON 1: Green Value: Sustainable Commercial Buildings

  • Lesson Overview
  • What is a Green Building?
  • Further Examples of Sustainability in Commercial Construction.
  • Rating Green Buildings
  • Building Green: Integrated Design Process
  • The Business Case for Green Value
  • Green Value Challenges and Obstacles
  • Summary
  • Review and Discussion Questions

LESSON 2: Analysis of Green Value

  • Return On Investment (ROI) for Green Buildings
  • Appraising Green Buildings
  • Valuation Approach
  • Green Building Valuation Case Study
  • Conclusions
  • References
  • Review and Discussion Questions
  • Case 1: Retrofit of Green Features into Existing Office Space
  • Case 2: Financial Feasibility of Modifying Existing Lighting Systems


  • The Final Examination

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