REALTORS® and Sustainability: Commercial

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Executive Summary

Cover of the 2022 REALTORS® Sustainability: Commercial Report
In July 2022, NAR surveyed its members about sustainability issues facing the industry. The findings are as follows:
  • 16% of respondents reported that their Commercial Information Exchange (CIE) had green data fields, and the CIE green data fields were used to promote energy information and green features.
  • A majority of agents and brokers (71%) said that energy efficiency promotion in listings was very or somewhat valuable.
  • 28% of buildings with green certifications, such as LEED, Green Globes, or the Living Building Challenge, spent neither more nor less time on the market.
  • 36% of brokerage firms had experience working with commercial building repurposing, such as converting empty malls into technical schools.
  • 61% of respondents were extremely comfortable or comfortable answering clients’ questions about building performance.
  • The building features that REALTORS® believed were most important to clients included utility and operations costs, indoor air quality, efficient use of lighting, and energy efficient windows/doors.
  • 30% of respondents said that in the past 12 months, they had been directly involved with a property with green features, either on the buyer or seller side.


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