The development of new buildings and infrastructure has fuelled national economic growth for centuries. From a new port that can open up trade routes, to creating thriving communities through new housing, they form the very building blocks on which a country generates its GDP. However, in a world where developed nations experience funding challenges and emerging countries seek to accelerate their economic standing with more speed, two new challenges materialize.
Firstly, how do mature countries achieve better economic performance for aging assets that they cannot afford to replace? Secondly, how do emerging nations invest in their built environment in a way that will deliver quicker economic returns, and are also sustainable over the long term? Both challenges ask the question, how can countries do more with fewer ‘new’ assets?
Arcadis’ second Global Built Asset Performance Index sheds light on these challenges through measurement of the economic performance of the built environment in 36 countries. Using national data sources, and developed in conjunction with the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr), we quantify the economic returns generated from a range of built assets, be it home, school, office, rail track, waterway or power station. We analyze how this has changed over the past two years and forecast which nations are likely to achieve even better returns over the next decade.
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