An Analysis of the U.S. Real Estate Value Chain with Environmental Metrics

An Analysis of the U.S. Real Estate Value Chain with Environmental Metrics
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Marcy Lowe | Gary Gereffi

Recognizing that buildings account for 40% of U.S. energy consumption, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) asked the Duke GVC Center to analyze the U.S. real estate industry and find key firms that are well-positioned to innovate business practices to reduce building energy use. Among the report's key findings: (1) In the finance segment, there is greater leverage on the equity than the debt side; when it comes to working with building owners and developers, investors have greater influence than lenders. (2) The greatest energy-savings potential lies in companies that own and operate real estate, and firms that either invest in them or manage property for them. In the video Marcy Lowe discusses the Center's research on the U.S. real estate industry.

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