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Professor Sarah Sayce

Professor of Sustainable Real Estate

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  • Real estate valuation, 
  • Sustainability in real estate, 
  • Professional education, 
  • Aspects of spatial planning


EM 163, Whiteknights Campus

Sarah is part-time Professor in Sustainable Real Estate; in addition she is Visiting Professor at the Royal Agricultural University and Emeritus Professor at Kingston University. Sarah is a Chartered Surveyor who, prior to becoming an academic, worked in practice, gaining experience in both consultancy and in-house for a major corporate.

Since becoming an academic – now many years ago - she has taught and researched in many areas of the built environment and is widely published, notably in the field of Sustainability and Real Estate although her research has spanned many aspects of professional education, planning and real estate valuation- even extending to heritage property and personal property.

For many years she headed the School of Surveying and Planning at Kingston University but since retiring from that role, she has enjoyed being part of the Reading Team where she is teaching valuations and carried on with her research work. She has recently completed working on two EU funded projects in the field of energy efficiency and property values and has now been appointed to a further UK government funded project. She has co-authored several books, her most recent being joint author of Developing Property Sustainably (2015) and as co-editor/author of the Routledge Handbook of Real Estate (2018). She is now working as co-editor/author of Resilient Building Retrofits: combating the climate crisis.

For ten years Sarah was on the Governing Council of RICS and still serves on their Valuation Group. She is on the advisory panel to the Property Working Group of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Investment Commission (UNEP-FI) and is a member of the recently formed Coalition for Energy Efficient Buildings set up by the Green Finance Institute.

Sarah also holds three current charity Trusteeships, all of which relate to property education and/or advice.


  • BSc (Hons) Estate Management
  • PhD

Reference: Clayton, J., Devaney, S. , Sayce, S. and Van de Wetering, J. , (2021) Climate Risk and commercial property values: a review and analysis of the literature. Report. United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative
Reference: Clayton, J., Devaney, S. , Sayce, S. and Van de Wetering, J. (2021) Climate risk and real estate prices: what do we know? Journal of Portfolio Management. ISSN 0095-4918 doi:
Reference: Sayce, S. L. and Hossain, S. M. (2020) The initial impacts of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) in England. Journal of Property Investment & Finance. ISSN 1463-578X doi:
Reference: Wilkinson, S. J. and Sayce, S. (2020) Decarbonising real estate: the evolving relationship between energy efficiency and housing in Europe. Journal of European Real Estate Research, 13 (3). pp. 387-408. ISSN 1753-9269 doi:
Reference: Hughes, C. , Sayce, S. , Shepherd, E. and Wyatt, P. (2020) Implementing a land value tax: considerations on moving from theory to practice. Land Use Policy, 94. 104494. ISSN 0264-8377 doi:
Reference: Sayce, S. and Wilkinson, S., (2019) Energy efficiency and residential values: a changing European landscape. Report. RICS, London. pp35. ISBN 9781783213474
Reference: Hughes, C. , McCluskey, W., Sayce, S. , Shepherd, E. , Wyatt, P. and Shepherd, E., (2018) Investigation of potential land value tax policy - options for Scotland. Report. Scottish Land Commission pp121.
Reference: Hartenberger, U., Lorenz, D., Sayce, S. and Toth, Z., (2018) Energy efficiency lending and valuation due diligence – The state of play. Report. EeMAP
Reference: French, N., Sayce, S. , Montlake, D. and Woollam, C., (2018) Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) impact on UK property management and valuation. Report. RICS, London. pp26.
Reference: Sayce, S. , Crosby, N. , Garside, P., Harris, R. and Parsa, A., (2017) Viability and the planning system: the relationship between economic viability testing, land values and affordable housing in London. Project Report. Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester.
Reference: Hartenberger, U., Lorenz, D., Sayce, S. and Toth, Z., (2017) Creating an energy efficient mortgage for Europe mortgage lending valuation and the impact of energy efficiency: an overview of current practice. Report. RICS
Reference: Sayce, S. (2017) Building sustainability into valuation and worth. In: Wilkinson, S., Dixon, T. , Miller, N. and Sayce, S. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Real Estate. Routledge, London. ISBN 9781138655096 (Chapter 9)
Reference: Wilkinson, S. J., Sayce, S. L. and Christensen, P. H. (2015) Developing Property Sustainably. Routledge, Oxon, UK, pp312. ISBN 9780415835671

Applied Valuation

This module builds on knowledge of both valuation and investment appraisal methods. It aims to deepen the student's critical understanding and knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of the valuer...

Module code: RE3AV

2018: Commissioned co-author RICS: Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) Impact on UK property management and valuation Insight Paper (project value £8,000)

2017- 2019: member representing RICS on the Valuation and Demand Working Group on the EC funded project EeMAP: Energy Efficiency Mortgage Action Plan

2016: Principal Investigator London Boroughs Planning Policy, Land Values, Viability and Affordable Housing: a London Study (project value:£ 30,000)

2015- 2019: member representing RICS on the EC Horizon 2020 project ReValue

2013: Green Construction Board: Mapping the Real Estate Life Cycle for effective policy interventions lead partner with Sweett Group and Sustainable Investment Asset Management (SIAM) (£25,000)

2013: Green Construction Board: Mapping the Impacts of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for Commercial Real Estate supporting partner with Sweett Group and Sustainable Investment Asset Management (SIAM) (project value £28,000)

2013: Lead Commissioned Author RICS: Sustainability and Commercial Valuation Guidance Note 2nd Ed (project value £3,000)

2012: Principal Investigator DCLG: Land Auctions: evaluation of a pilot project (project value £46,000)

2010: Principal Investigator DCLG: Back Gardens: understudying the Issues (project value £38,000)

Turley, M and Sayce, S. (2015) Energy performance certificates in the context of sustainability and the impact on valuations Journal of Property Investment & Finance Vol 33 No 5 pp446-455

Wilkinson, S., Sayce, S. and Christensen, P (2015) Developing Property Sustainably London: Routledge

Sayce,S., Walford, N. and Garside, P. (2012) Residential development on gardens in England: their role in providing sustainable housing supply Land Use Policy Vol, 29 No 4 pp 771-780

Sayce, S., Sundberg, A., and Clements, B (2010) Is Sustainability reflected in Commercial Property Prices: a review of the evidence London RICS