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Bright, S and Dixie, H (2014) Evidence of green leases in England and Wales. International Journal of Law in the Built Environment, 6(01), 6-20.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: BBP Green Lease Toolkit; Commercial property; Environmental performance; Green clauses; Green leases; Leasehold innovation
  • ISBN/ISSN: 1756-1450
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJLBE-07-2013-0027
  • Abstract:
    Purpose This paper aims to report on research that investigates the use of green clauses in leases of office and retail premises in England and Wales. Design/methodology/approach The authors examined 26 recent leases of green build properties registered at HM Land Registry. The green clauses discovered were classified and compared with the model form green clauses promoted by the London-based Better Building Partnership's Green Lease Toolkit. Findings Of the 26 leases analysed, 18 contained some form of green provision. Research limitations/implications As the sample selected was not representative, a larger study is needed to detect trends in green leasing. This research method does not show the impact of green clauses on property management. Practical implications This research illustrates the types of clauses that have been used in leases but also shows that green leasing principles are not yet the industry standard. Many new, long leases still make no reference to environmental practices. Originality/value This is the first research to be done examining the green content of agreed leases and develops a methodology that can be used for future research.