Rating systems for buildings can help us determine whether a building is efficient or not. But because there are multiple rating systems that work in different ways, it can be very hard for investors to understand which buildings to invest in. And it's also challenging for developers and building owners to decide which rating system to pursue, and whether it will result in more value for them.
Leasing and sales brokers, lenders and appraisers all have a role in setting the valuation of properties. But in that process, building efficiency is not commonly taken into account. With all other variables being equal, a high-performing building should be worth more in the marketplace because it is less expensive to operate. But that is not necessarily the case.