Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
Royal Institute of Technology, Department of Real Estate and Construction Management & Centre for Banking and Finance (cefin)

No 15/6: A Post Occupancy Evaluation of a green rated and conventional residence hall

Magnus Bonde () and Jill Ramirez
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Magnus Bonde: Department of Real Estate and Construction Management, Royal Institute of Technology, Postal: Department of Real Estate and Construction Management , Royal Institute of Technology, Brinellvägen 1, 100 44 Stockholm, Sweden
Jill Ramirez: University of Arizona

Abstract: Green buildings increasingly attract attention in the real estate sector, and the US sector is no exception. Studies indicate that green rated buildings may bring higher rents and sales prices. One reason for this inequity is that the indoor environment of these buildings may outperform conventional buildings. The main objective of this paper is to conduct a post-occupancy evaluation (POE) to compare the indoor environment in a LEED certified, on-campus residence hall with a similar, non-green rated hall. Results are evaluated to determine if green buildings really outperform. The results suggest that the green rated building outperformed the conventional building in the majority of the indoor environmental aspects, but not all. These results can inform a cost-benefit analysis of green features for new construction and renovation.

Keywords: POE; Post-occupancy evaluation; Residence halls; Green building; Perceived indoor environment; LEED building

JEL-codes: Q01; R20

28 pages, May 13, 2015

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