Susan Piperato

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. 

Articles
Are These 12 Enormous, Sci-Fi-Style Green Buildings In Our Future? 1

Tomorrowland is fast approaching. Here, we look at some of the world's most radically imaginative green buildings either under construction or still on the drawing board. 

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 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (August 28, 2014) 
Office building owner Paramount Group filed papers for a public offering, in what could be the biggest REIT IPO of the year, according to Reuters. U.S. investors have drastically increased their acquisitions of European commercial real estate properties, reports World Property Channel. Dollar General still wants to buy Family Dollar, claims an article in Fortune. These are among today’s must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (August 27, 2014) 
The North American Securities Administrators Association wants to limit how much money high net worth investors pour into any single non-traded REIT, reports The Wall Street Journal. Regulators also want credit ratings agencies to become more transparent about how they rate CMBS bonds, according to Bloomberg. And investors in casino operators Pinnacle Entertainment and Boyd Gaming Corp. are urging them to spin off their real estate into REITs, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. These are among today’s must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (August 26, 2014) 
J.C. Penney's shares trade higher following an analyst's prediction that its stores will close, reports Dallas Morning News. Burger King's stock jumps unexpectedly following the news of Tim Hortons' acquisition, according to TheStreet.com. And ReJournals.com reports that Harrison Street sells a $283 million multi-state medical office building portfolio. These are among today's must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (August 25, 2014) 
Gym operator Life Time Fitness is exploring a REIT conversion, reports Bloomberg. Burger King is in talks to buy Canadian doughnut chain Tim Hortons in a tax inversion deal, according to The Wall Street Journal. Shareholder Engine Capital wants Ann Inc. to put Ann Taylor Stores up for sale, reports New York Times. These are among today’s must reads for the commercial real estate industry.
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.
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