The ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance is pleased to present the Greenprint Performance Report: Volume 4. As the largest global collection of transparent, verifiable, and comprehensive data about the environmental performance of buildings, this report provides aggregate benchmarks and performance trends for the real estate industry.
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Greenprint provides an environmental management platform for members to measure and track energy, emissions, water, and waste performance for properties, funds, and portfolios, enabling Greenprint members to take actions toward improving environmental performance.
Each year, Greenprint publishes a consolidated view of the portfolio of participating properties, highlighting environmental performance by geography and property type in the Greenprint Performance Report. Greenprint members receive customized reports detailing individual property, fund, and portfolio performance against appropriate benchmarks derived from the consolidated portfolio.
About Volume 4
The Greenprint Performance Report: Volume 4 is based on 3,232 property submissions representing 75 million square meters (807 million square feet) across 44 countries during the 2012 calendar year. The Greenprint portfolio consists of five main property types: office, retail, industrial, multifamily, and hotel.
The ULI Greenprint Center continues to drive progress in improving the environmental performance of the real estate industry in ways that enhance the long-term value of our investments. We are proud of the progress we have made, but we know we can achieve more through leadership, commitment, and stakeholder engagement. We thank our members, partners, and collaborators for their contributions to date, and the inspiration and influence to encourage others to collaborate and contribute.
Highlights from Volume 4
- Greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 3.4 percent from 2011 to 2012 on a like-for-like portfolio basis. This is equivalent to removing more than 24,000 cars from the road or planting nearly 3 million trees.
- Overall energy consumption of the Greenprint portfolio decreased by 3.2 percent from 2011 to 2012 on a like-for-like portfolio basis. Energy benchmarks are provided by property type and geography, and Volume 4 provides benchmarks based on building age, number of workers, and operating hours for the first time.
- Occupancy increased by 1 percent from 2011 to 2012 on a like-for-like portfolio basis, while energy and carbon decreased. This suggests that best practices, improvements, and other innovations are driving improved environmental performance for Greenprint members.
- Water use slightly increased by 0.5 percent from 2011 to 2012 on a like-for-like portfolio basis, while the recycling rate increased by 21.4 percent.