ORLANDO, USA: A recent United Nations funded survey among global real estate investors found that 89.5% of them plan to invest in healthy buildings. These survey respondents represent $5.75 trillion dollars (US) in managed real estate assets. The majority are pursuing well building certification. Even better, plants and access to nature appear on the scorecard of most of these certification programmes.
From a survey Green Plants for Green Buildings conducted earlier this year, we know the two top barriers building professionals encounter when incorporating nature into their buildings are maintenance costs, followed by installation costs.
Looking at these survey results it appears that of all the plant-benefit talking points available to us, the talking points that include economic data are of greatest interest and most help to building decision makers.
Thankfully, a considerable amount of research has been done. For over 50 years, scientists have been collecting data on the impact nature has on human biology. More recently, economists have taken this data, placed it in the context of specific economic sectors, and calculated the potential economic impact. Some of the impacts are increased sales and some are increased savings. All result in increased profits.
Here’s a look at some research data related to plants and nature in these sectors.
Like to learn more about making the case for nature in the built environment? At GPGB.org you’ll find Terrapin’s The Economics of Biophilia with research citations, relevant articles, survey results, and infographics.
Author: Mary Golden, Advocacy Incubator & Executive Administration, Green Plants for Green Buildings.