Issues in the Definition and Valuation of sustainable Buildings in Lagos, Nigeria

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Oyalowo, B.A
Babawale, G.K
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University of Lagos Press, Akoka
The purpose of this paper is to contribacademic discourse on the incorporation of sustainability into property valuation practice. ute to the The study assesses the criteria guiding the conceptualisation of sustainable buildings as found in academic literature and proposes a holistic, lifecycle based conceptualisation of sustainable buildings; which can then be localised as necessary. The elemZZnts from the conceptualisation are then developed into sustainability features of a hypothetical property, which is then used as the basis for the quantitative aspect of the study. The study is based on a survey of practising estate surveyors and valuers in forty two estate firms in Lagos; selected with the use of cluster sampling and surveyed with a semi-structured questionnaire. Data was analysed using descriptive statistics. Analysis revealed that although the investment approach was acknowledged to be the most appropriate method of sustainable building valuation, the most readily available data inputs were for the cost method of valuation. Given the state of market maturity, this implies that the cost method presently remains the most expedient method of valuation of such properties. It was also found that respondent valuers possess limited experience in the valuation of buildings with core environmental features. While there are perceptions of capital and rental value increases attributable to sustainable buildings, there is limited expertise on how to account for sustainability features, and these could affect value judgments. It is recommended that as the sustainable property sub-market grows, specific training for valuers on sustainability, continuous professional development, systematic information gathering and sharing within the market must be strategically carried out to ensure the appropriate capture of the impact of sustainability on property value.
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Sustainable buildings , Sustainable development , Valuation methods , Professional development , Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Business and economics
Oyalowo, B.A and Babawale, G.K (2017). Issues in the Definition and Valuation of sustainable Buildings in Lagos, Nigeria. Unilag Journal of Humanities, Vol.5(1), 66-95p.