Investors have little interest in making their Dutch offices greener. Private equity parties openly admit that they do not find this important. Institutional investors and private individuals do say they value it, but do little in practice. The biggest obstacle is that their tenants do not want to pay more to pay for going green.

This was the conclusion of a survey conducted by real estate advisor
Colliers among forty investors, representing almost a quarter of investments in office real estate. The wait-and-see attitude is a problem, because all offices must at least have the energy label C by 2023, an indication of the energy efficiency of buildings. If they do not, the office may no longer be used. Currently, only one third of Dutch offices meet this standard.

Label C is only the beginning, because until 2030, the energy consumption of offices must be reduced much further. The biggest problem is the steps that follow,’ says Auke Bullema of the Dutch Green Building Council Foundation. Investors can often already reach label C if they replace the lamps with LED lighting. After that, for example, better insulation and solar panels on the roof also need to be installed.

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