Likely GRESB changes for 2024
GRESB are intending to make a significant number of changes to the submission for next year. Stay up to date and plan ahead so that relevant information can be captured in good time for the submission next year. Here is a useful summary from our team of GRESB experts.
Please note that these changes are not yet final and could be refined ahead of the Reference Guide being published in Q1 2024. Changes to the submission that have a scoring implication associated with them are in bold.
- The value of building certifications in terms of GRESB points will decay over time as in the table below. This could have a significant impact on scoring if certificates are more than 3 years old.
- 15 indicators will be scored differently relative to 2023. These are largely related to the management section, though there are also changes to the way some performance metrics will be scored, and how benchmarks are created which impacts some performance metrics.
- GRESB are beginning the move towards energy efficiency (low energy intensity) scoring. In 2024 a representative score will be provided for energy efficiency, which will be developed and integrated into the scoring in the future.
- Non-operational energy use (electric vehicle charging) can be separated out from operational energy use to ensure that the most appropriate energy use is reported and assets are not penalised for installing EV chargers.
- The total number of points available remains the same.
- Additional information must be collected relating to employee safety to ensure full points are scored for SE4 in 2025.
- No changes have been communicated in relation to the development benchmark.
- Collect information on certification award dates.
- Encourage asset managers to ensure EV chargers are sub metered so that non-operational energy use can be subtracted from total consumption.
- Ensure all employee safety metrics are collected (Workstation and/or workplace checks; Absentee rate; Injury rate; Lost day rate).
- Encourage property managers to ensure their Environmental Management System (EMS) is certified by an external third party to an accepted standard (e.g. ISO 14001).
- Custom peer groups
- Custom peer groups can be selected for 2024 and will appear on the benchmark report
- In 2025, scoring will be calculated based on the custom peer group chosen.
- It is likely that restrictions will be imposed on what attributes can be selected. This was not the case during the 2023 review period.
- Benchmarking methodology
- Country will be included in the benchmarking methodology for scoring indicators where relevant. Previously benchmarking was done at the property sub-type level but it will now be done at the country and property sub-type level where possible
- This impacts EN1, GH1, WT1, WS1, BC1, BC2.
- Property type reclassification
- Medical offices have been moved from “Office” to “Healthcare”.
- Residential reporting
- Multiple energy ratings can now be submitted against a single asset.
- Intensity values
- Assets will now only be included in GRESB’s intensity benchmarks if they have >50% data coverage.
- LE2 – ESG objectives
- General sustainability has been removed as an option due to overlap with other ESG options available.
- Integration of objectives into business strategy is no longer scored.
- General and issue specific objectives are now weighted more heavily relative to last year meaning the indicator is still worth 1 point.
- LE5 – Climate-related and DEI senior decision maker
- Fund/portfolio manager option has been removed as an option as it was seen as a duplicate of LE3.
- LE6 – Personnel ESG performance targets
- Reward for non-financial consequences is now removed meaning all points are awarded for financial consequences for ESG performance.
- RP1 – ESG reporting
- Points are no longer available for “Section in entity reporting to investors” (previously 1.4 points).
- RP2.1 – ESG incident monitoring
- Will be worth 0.25 points, previously 0.
- At least 5 stakeholder groups must be informed to score full points.
- RM1 – Environmental Management System
- Will be worth 1.25 points, previously 1.5 points.
- Points will now only be available if the EMS is aligned with a standard or externally certified.
- If an EMS system is only aligned with a standard rather than certified, it will now score 50% rather than 83%.
- RM4 – ESG due diligence for new acquisitions
- Will be worth 0.25 points, previously 0.75.
- RM5 – Climate resilience
- Will be worth 0.5 points, previously 0.
- Now includes climate related opportunities, instead of just risks, increasing alignment with TCFD.
- T1.1 – Portfolio improvement targets
- Will be worth 1 point, previously 2.
- T1.2 – Net Zero targets
- Will be worth 1 point, previously 0.
- Full points achieved by having a net zero target.
- EN1 – Energy consumption
- Energy efficiency will be scored in future, but for 2024, will only be calculated and provided separately, similar to custom peer groups in 2023.
- Further information on the calculation will be provided later in 2023.
- Additional information is not required.
- It is likely that the calculation will be related to energy intensity.
- Separation of operational and non-operational energy consumption
- With the planned move to score energy intensity, GRESB are keen to separate out consumption related to operation of the asset from other consumption such as EV charging.
- This appears as though it will need to be done manually on the GRESB portal rather than through the GRESB Asset Spreadsheet.
- Building certifications may now be submitted if they were awarded after the reporting year so long as they relate to performance of the reporting year and were submitted by the participant during the reporting year. Certifications must be awarded before the submission deadline at the start of July, not before the end of the review period in September.
- Certifications will now be worth fewer points the older they are. Design/construction certifications will always provide some points (8% of total value after 15 years), but operational and interior certificates will decay in value much more rapidly (0% in year 5 for both operational and interior certification).
Changes for 2025
- SE4 – Employee safety indicators
- Four metrics will need to be collected to achieve full points:
- Workstation and/or workplace checks
- Absentee rate
- Injury rate
- Lost day rate
- Other metrics (specify)
- Scoring for EN1, GH1, WT1, WS1, BC1, and BC2, will be done relative to the custom peer group (if chosen) rather than GRESB’s pre-determined peer group.
If you would like to discuss any of these changes further then please contact us.