In the past decade or so, the commercial property market in Brisbane has experienced many transformations – and one of the key drivers for that is sustainability and increased demand for green buildings.

This change is not only shaping new development, but also investment decisions. This month, we thought we’d look at how sustainability is influencing Brisbane’s property market.

The Rise of Green Buildings

Green buildings are designed and constructed with a strong focus on environmental responsibility and resource efficiency. They are energy-efficient, use sustainable materials, and generally incorporate renewable energy sources.

According to Brisbane City Council, the demand for buildings with certifications such as Green Star and NABERS continues to rise.

Property investors are looking for more sustainability buildings for many reasons, including:

  • Environmental responsibility: Sustainable buildings reduce carbon footprints, energy consumption, and waste generation, contributing to a healthier planet.
  • Cost savings: Green buildings can have lower operating costs due to energy-efficient systems, which impacts both tenants and property owners.
  • Incentives: Australian and State governments offer incentives, such as tax breaks and grants, for sustainable building practices.
  • Tenant demand: Tenants are increasingly looking for space that prioritises sustainability.

Impact on Property Investment

Commercial property investors are recognising that green buildings are worth more, so they’re turning to this as a better option. They can benefit from:

  • Value Appreciation: Green buildings tend to appreciate more rapidly than conventional properties, making them attractive for long-term investors looking for capital growth.
  • Tenants: Sustainable features often lead to higher occupancy rates and lower tenant turnover, which gives property investors a steady rental income.
  • Resilience: Sustainable buildings are better equipped to withstand environmental challenges, such as extreme weather events, reducing potential risks for property owners.

Essentially, what we’re noticing is that the demand for green buildings is increasing, and it’s not just an environmental priority, it’s also a sound financial decision for investors.

If you’re looking to invest in a sustainable property, contact the team at McGees and we’ll help find the right property for your needs.