The Real Estate Impact Analysis Tool was developed to enable financial institutions to holistically identify and assess the impacts associated with real estate investments and portfolios. There are multiple use cases for this kind of analysis, including decision-making and due diligence in the context of asset acquisition; fund/portfolio review and management; impact target-setting as well as Impact & SDG reporting.

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  • The Tool is a “live tool” that actively incorporates user feedback; we recommend that you frequently check the website for updates to ensure you have the latest version.
Key Features
  • Enables Single Asset analysis or Fund/Portfolio level analysis
  • Applicable for new developments and existing assets
  • Is compatible with GRESB
  • Enables both country-level and local-level contextualisation (needs assessment)

The Tool’s in-built resources are based on internationally recognised standards from within and beyond the UN System.

The methodology was derived from UNEP FI’s unique holistic approach to impact and the SDGs, as developed by its Positive Impact Initiative (PII). The Tool builds on the UNEP FI Positive Impact Real Estate Investment Framework, based on the 22 Impact Areas of the UNEP FI Impact Radar (original 2018 edition).

The Real Estate Impact Analysis Tool was developed as a follow-on to the Positive Impact Real Estate Investment Framework published by the UNEP FI’s Property Working Group in collaboration with other investor network organisations in 2018. The Tool expands on and further operationalises the work undertaken in 2018.

The development process was conducted collaboratively through the following dedicated Impact Analysis Working Group made up of members of the UNEP FI’s Property Working Group, including users of the Positive Impact Real Estate Investment Framework, as well as representatives from UNEP FI’s banking membership seeking to refine the impact analysis processes they have underway to meet the requirements of the Principles for Responsible Banking.

The group was also joined by District Honor Real Estate Impact Investing and Community Development Finance.

Additional Resources
  • Download the demo version of the Tool here
  • Access an Interactive Online Introduction to the Tool here
  • Download the User Guide for the Tool here
  • Watch the launch of the Tool and demo here

Are you using the Real Estate Tool? What has your experience been like? Share your feedback with the UNEP FI Secretariat and check the website regularly for updates! The adjustments will be listed so you can keep track of what is changing.


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The UNEP FI Real Estate Impact Analysis Tool for Banks and its User Guide may be reproduced in whole or in part and in any form for non-commercial educational or non-profit purposes without special permission from the copyright holder, provided acknowledgement of the source is made. Please contact the United Nations Environment Programme for a tailored acknowledgement statement. The United Nations Environment Programme would appreciate receiving an electronic copy of any materials (publications, resources, tools) that use all or part of this resource either directly or as a source of inspiration.

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The conclusions derived by users regarding their most significant Impact Areas and areas of priorities are their own. Only the Tool methodology can be attributed to UNEP FI.