Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmarking: An Essential Tool for Real Estate Management

  • Willem G. Keeris
  • Ruben A. R. Langbroek
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Sustainable Business In Association with Future Earth book series (PSSBAFE)


This chapter concerns benchmarking and specifically the Global Real Estate Sustainable Benchmark (GRESB). It provides an overview of benchmarking criteria and types before discussing how benchmarking contributes to the development of scenarios and is a useful tool in delivering the necessary productivity improvements required in sustainable real estate management organizations. This is followed by a description of GRESB, a new type of benchmarking, called ‘International standards benchmarking’, which is not a best practice benchmark but rather a dot placed on the horizon establishing a level of sustainability that is already theoretically achievable. The chapter concludes with a discussion of challenges and opportunities to consider with respect to the future of sustainable real estate benchmarking.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Willem G. Keeris
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ruben A. R. Langbroek
    • 2
  1. 1.Delft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.GRESB Asia PacificSydneyAustralia

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