Policy Monitor—Green Buildings: Economics and Policies

Title: Policy Monitor—Green Buildings: Economics and Policies
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: July 2016
Published In: Review of Environmental Economics and Policy
Publisher Oxford Academic Press

This article presents an overview of green building economics and policies through a survey of theoretical and empirical evidence concerning green building practices. We define green building policy as policies that affect the entire life of the building, from design and construction to operation and deconstruction. We examine the economics of green buildings in the United States, with particular emphasis on market failures in the building sector such as information problems and externalities. We also discuss how policy instruments are used to address these market failures. We present original data on the types and potential impacts of these policy instruments in the United States, along with a brief review of international green building programs. We conclude by describing challenges for the empirical study of green buildings and priorities for future research and policy in this area.

Ivan Allen College Contributors:
External Contributors: Douglas S Noonan

Matisoff, Daniel C., Douglas S. Noonan, and Mallory E. Flowers. "Policy Monitor—Green Buildings: Economics and Policies." Review of Environmental Economics and Policy 10.2 (2016): 329-346.

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Energy, Climate and Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Economics
Related Departments:
  • Climate and Energy Policy Laboratory
  • School of Public Policy