• Energy costs — With energy costs ranked as #8, many businesses are seeking ways to offset ongoing operating expenses. Economic incentives are just one avenue companies can pursue to help alleviate these costs, especially during a period of rising inflation and changing market dynamics. In particular, many companies are poised to benefit from federal tax credits enacted as part of the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which allocated $369 billion for clean energy infrastructure to bring U.S. carbon emissions down 40 percent by 2030. Part of this transition will be facilitated with tax incentives to help investors reduce their utility costs in the coming years by investing in renewable energy infrastructure and improving energy storage.
Major federal bills recently signed into law are spurring robust and rapid movement in the private sector. • Construction costs — As demonstrated in this survey, construction costs are now a stronger site selection consideration, jumping from #19 in 2021 to #10 this year. The current period of elevated inflation presents particular challenges for the construction sector. While margins can vary significantly across projects in different sectors and locations, CBRE expects rising construction spending this year to support higher margins as contractors try to recoup higher input costs absorbed in 2022. Taken together, we expect total construction cost escalation in 2023 to be slightly higher than the historical norm but well below that of 2022.
Eric Stavriotis, Vice Chairman, CBRE
Eric Stavriotis is a vice chairman in the Advisory & Transaction Services Practice and the leader of CBRE’s Location Incentives Group. This advisory group assists clients globally with site selection and economic incentive negotiations, in conjunction with the overall strategy and execution of corporate real estate initiatives. With over 22 years of experience, Eric has negotiated more than $3.0 billion incentives for clients and has worked on over 500 site selection assignments across all industry verticals and project types.