- May 1, 2021: Vol. 13, Number 5

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Global study finds COVID-19 accelerating investments in “healthy buildings”

by Andrea Zander

A new survey of many of the world’s leading real estate investors finds 92 percent of respondents expect demand for “healthy buildings” to grow in the next three years, a compelling signal of the direction the real estate sector is heading. This finding, among others, is captured in a report titled A New Investor Consensus: The Rising Demand for Healthy Buildings, which is a comprehensive health and wellness study of global real estate investment managers and stakeholders representing aggregate assets under management of US$5.75 trillion and portfolio investments in real estate totalling approximately US$1.03 trillion.

Coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), the Centre for Active Design (CfAD) and BentallGreenOak (BGO), the study defines healthy buildings as those optimised for occupant health and safety through a mix of siting, design and operational strategies that measurably improve physical, social and mental he

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