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Sustainable building portfolioinvestment practices: Evaluation of the GRESB international weightingframework
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

GRESB is an industry-driven organization, which helps real estateinvestors assess the sustainability performance of real estate portfoliosaround the world. This important assessment is done based on thedeveloped GRESB framework and through a yearly survey, which consists of59 questions. The GRESB survey is categorized in seven groups and covers42 different criteria.In this research paper, the GRESB framework is analyzed qualitatively andquantitatively. The qualitative analysis includes investigating whichsustainability aspects are covered by each question from both GRESB pointof view and Conventional point of view. The whole framework is mapped onthe basis of defined sustainability categories. As the second step ofqualitative analysis, a deeper investigation is done in order to observethe intentions behind every question of the GRESB survey. As anaccomplishment to this step, the outcomes of the questions are outlined.On the other hand, considering the current equally-weighted criteria andto address the need for a more adaptive sustainability framework, aquantitative analysis of some selected parameters which are highlydependent on the location of a building was performed and a locationbased approach is proposed. In this regard, three building types(residential, office and school) were selected to accomplish thesimulations in three different locations (Iran, Australia and SierraLeone) in order to compare them and observe the differences.Evidently, the proposed approach based on the specific location, couldlead to more outcome-oriented, fair, and more accurate portfolioassessments that takes into account each building’s local opportunitiesand limitations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
MSc ET, 16001
Keyword [en]
sustainability, building, building portfolio
National Category
Energy Systems Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-294519OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-294519DiVA: diva2:930195
Educational program
Master Programme in Energy Technology
Available from: 2016-05-26 Created: 2016-05-23 Last updated: 2016-05-26Bibliographically approved

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