Advances in Economics and Business Vol. 8(4), pp. 234 - 242
DOI: 10.13189/aeb.2020.080404
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An Evaluation of the Relevance of Current Traditional Leases in Commercial Properties as Compared to Green Leases


Johnson Kampamba *, Simon Kachepa , Shuling Lu , Martin Sexton , Milidzani Majingo , Abednico Wadingalo
Department of Architecture and Planning, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, University of Botswana, Botswana

ABSTRACT

Many leading organisations worldwide, have adopted their workplaces as a means to meet a range of financial drivers thereby, secure competitive advantage, through sustainability in built environment. The lack of exploitation of this concept by the commercial property market of Botswana led to the research question for this study. Could it be because the conventional leasing yield the maximum benefits or that what literature and other international policy makers are promoting is something sensational rather than statement of common truth? The purpose of this study was to provide an answer to whether traditional leases are common in Botswana property market as compared to green leases which can be adopted as an alternative sustainable management practice. In realizing the objectives, the study investigated and compared the performance of properties both under green leasing and conventional or traditional leasing by measuring the performance indicators. These performance indicators were operational cost, vacancy rates and utility cost per metre. By utilizing the green design evaluation model, sustainable measures or fixtures were used as input variable in this model whilst profit maximization or returns on investment in commercial properties were treated as variables dependent on operational expenses, vacancy rates and generally costs were the output of this model. From three office nodes of Gaborone purposely selected by the researchers, data was collected through the use of a questionnaire and was analysed using descriptive statistics and overall mean scores were utilized to present the findings. The analysis also indicated that the differences between traditional and green leases in Botswana currently are minimal and therefore, current leases are still relevant to the commercial property market. The implications of the results are that though green leases are sustainable, traditional leases are still relevant and mostly utilised in Botswana’s leasing market. The study recommends policy change if green leases are to become more prominence in the rental property market.

KEYWORDS
Green Leases, Traditional Leases, Sustainable Development, Green Concept, Botswana

Cite This Paper in IEEE or APA Citation Styles
(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Johnson Kampamba , Simon Kachepa , Shuling Lu , Martin Sexton , Milidzani Majingo , Abednico Wadingalo , "An Evaluation of the Relevance of Current Traditional Leases in Commercial Properties as Compared to Green Leases," Advances in Economics and Business, Vol. 8, No. 4, pp. 234 - 242, 2020. DOI: 10.13189/aeb.2020.080404.

(b). APA Format:
Johnson Kampamba , Simon Kachepa , Shuling Lu , Martin Sexton , Milidzani Majingo , Abednico Wadingalo (2020). An Evaluation of the Relevance of Current Traditional Leases in Commercial Properties as Compared to Green Leases. Advances in Economics and Business, 8(4), 234 - 242. DOI: 10.13189/aeb.2020.080404.