Susan Piperato

Managing Editor, NREI and Waste360; Editor, Green Real Estate Strategies

Susan Piperato has been covering commercial real estate for the past seven years, having spent five years with ScheinMedia before joining NREI in 2011. Previously, she was a book and magazine editor and freelance writer in New York City, New York's Hudson Valley and Melbourne, Australia. She has written for a wide variety of publications about sustainability, design, culture and the arts. She specializes in all aspects of green building and design and green investment. 

The World's 14 Tallest Green Buildings
Sustainable architecture is reaching new heights in achievement as well as physicality. As green building technology advances, architects and developers are creating buildings that aren't just boldly innovative, but are increasingly bigger and taller. Here are the 14 tallest from around the world.
10 Giant Abandoned Buildings from Around the World
Abandoned buildings can be strange, romantic, mysterious, creepy and even dangerous, or all of those things at once. So, perhaps not surprisingly, visiting them has become something of a cult sport. But to anyone in the commercial real estate industry, abandoned buildings represent elaborate failures. They remain standing as repositories of the stories surrounding them, not only of what was, but of what could have been. Here are 10 of the world's biggest and most storied (in height and legend) abandoned buildings.
The 17 Most Dynamic American Cities
Which are the top American cities today, how do they rank on a global scale, and what will they be like tomorrow? The answers to these questions can vary from one study to another, depending on the type of data being used. We looked at five studies conducted within the past three years; here, we list the 17 American cities (in no particular order) that were included in at least one of the studies.
10 Disrupters: Prescription for MOBs: More Data! 
The American healthcare industry is changing and growing exponentially, yet medical office building (MOB) development and investment have lagged due to a lack of basic data about the marketplace. Revista launched in August 2013 with the aim of providing comprehensive data on hospitals, MOBs and other healthcare properties.
10 Disrupters: Not Chasing the Elephant 
The young commercial brokerage and property services firm CBC Alliance has made big strides by focusing on private investors and small to midsize commercial real estate companies in major cities.
10 Disrupters: Individuals Who are Charting the Future of Commercial Real Estate 1
When people talk about commercial real estate, they often think of it as a steady business dominated by the “five major food groups”: multifamily, office, retail, industrial and hospitality. It’s supposedly a simple, straightforward sector. It’s an asset class that delivers income and some appreciation in property values. And it’s an overall safe investment. Yet beneath the surface, the industry is transforming in many ways. Players rise and fall. New tactics emerge. The use of technology can affect funding and financing. In other words, there are always disruptions taking place. Here we profile 10 disrupters (actually 11, since one profile is of the two principals of one firm).hese disrupters include some familiar names and some new ones. They underscore key trends—urbanization of retail, crowdfunding, microapartments and the reemergence of CMBS, to name a few.
Six Places in the U.S. That Are Tough on Development
The ease with which a developer can move from vacant land or empty building to a whole new property varies from one location to another, depending on a particular place's economy, location, regulation and, well, quirks.
Swig and Project Frog Partner to Create Tech-Savvy, Sustainable Office Space

An unusual landlord/tenant pilot partnership is underway between The Swig Co., a Bay Area commercial real estate investor and operator, and Project Frog, a maker of technologically-advanced component buildings. The two firms have partnered to turn what set out to be a straightforward retrofit office project into a showcase for technologically advanced design and sustainable building in downtown San Francisco.

Telling It Like It Is: 11 CRE Sustainability Managers Talk About Their Work 
NREI held a roundtable phone discussion with 11 commercial real estate professionals who work on incorporating sustainability into the management of their companies’ portfolios.
10 Pieces of Legislation That Could Impact Commercial Real Estate
The 113th Congress has many pieces of legislation before it which, if passed, could impact the commercial real estate industry, mostly in very significant and positive ways.
Commercial Real Estate Embraces Recycling
Today, Earth Day 2014, let's celebrate the recycling efforts of some of the top real estate and development firms, namely: JLL, Cassidy Turley, The Rockefeller Group, SL Green, Simon Property Group, Forest City Enterprises, CBRE and Bernards.
New York City’s Hudson Yards Project to Be ‘Urban Informatics’ Experiment 
New York City’s Hudson Yards project has been designated as the United States’ first “quantified community.” Hudson Yards is a 28-acre mixed-use development currently being built over old rail yards along the Hudson River on Manhattan’s West Side.
Real Estate in the Movies: New York Apartments Edition
Nothing says New York City like an apartment. And, in turn, there's no renter in America who's ever gone out in search of an apartment without having film images of New York apartments in mind—both coveted spaces and others the likes of which must be avoided at all costs—making multifamily the most storied commercial real estate sector there is. From the plethora of films set in New York City in which multifamily shares top billing, we've chosen our favorite 10, complete with the actual addresses of their film locations. Enjoy!
10 Trends Transforming the Hotel Sector

As the next generation of travelers, Millennials will become the hospitality industry’s core customer within the next 10 years. For Millennials, interaction and experience are the prime reasons for traveling. They want the most novel and the most luxurious accommodation and service they can find, and they want it fast and reasonably priced. And whatever a Millennial’s opinion is, it’ll be shared through social media faster than it takes to call the concierge.

The 1 Percent Is At It Again  1
Home Depot Co-founder Ken Langone is the latest billionaire to compare populist views on income inequality to Hitler’s treatment of the Jews.
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