There is growing evidence that buildings and our urban environment influence our health and wellbeing, yet there is limited insight into how investment decisions across the property life-cycle are being influenced by wellbeing. The ULI UK Sustainability Council is embarking on a research initiative to explore the value proposition for healthy buildings and the role of wellbeing in property investment decisions.
The research, sponsored by energy solutions provider, E.ON, will analyse survey and interview data from ULI members and feature best practice case studies to illustrate the investment case for health and wellbeing. A range of real estate professionals will be interviewed including investors, developers and occupiers, who will be asked to provide their opinions on the importance of wellbeing and where is sits alongside more established ESG issues; insights in to the sectors and stakeholders driving the movement and the financial returns of capital investments in to wellbeing.
For the purposes of this research, we have defined health and wellbeing as the provision of an urban environment that minimises the occurrences of ill health or disease and supports a feeling of physical, emotional and psychological wellness.
The ULI UK Sustainability Council, and a Wellbeing Committee (see below) consisting of industry leaders from across Europe are steering this research as part of the ULI Sustainability Council’s wider programmes, which focus on a forum for industry leaders to meet, exchange ideas, share best practices and foster thought leadership on economic, social and environmental sustainability.
For further details about the Wellbeing Investment Research please contact Robert de Jong.
Andrea Carpenter, Women Talk Real Estate
Robert de Jong, Urban Land Institute UK
Philippa Gill, Verdextra
David Hutchings, Cushman & Wakefield
Vicki Lockhart, International WELL Building Institute
Jon Lovell, Hillbreak
Nehla Krir, AXA Investment Managers Real Assets
Max Kufer, AXA Investment Managers Real Assets
Ioannis Orfanos, Green Value Associates
Robyn Skerratt, Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
Zoe Slade, E.ON
Liz Waller, Urban Land Institute
Marcus Wilshere, IBI Group