New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's $41 billion affordable housing plan includes a pilot program that would boost much-needed sustainability projects at affordable multifamily properties in the city. The program will target housing that serves low- to moderate-income residents, focusing on some of the oldest and most vulnerable housing stock, such as smaller and midsize tenement buildings....More
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.
Traditional methods of property investment risk assessment are insufficient in a world facing unprecedented challenges such as rising sea levels, overpopulation, inequality and access to natural resources; which are changing the basic patterns of the last two centuries....More
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 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....More
In an age of identity theft and cyber fraud, hacking does not exactly conjure up positive images. But hacking is exactly what a national architecture firm is pitching as a sustainable solution to transforming aging office buildings into more viable destinations for tomorrow’s workers....More
We highlight what are, arguably, 10 of the most impressive green industrial facilities in the United States, some of which are LEED certified, others of which are not LEED certified but are using innovative practices, and many of which are the first of their types.
LEED certification may be most commonly associated with new construction, but the prestigious designation—which provides verification that a building has a reduced environmental impact—isn’t reserved just for shiny, brand-new buildings....More
The Rocky Mountain Institute has released a new guide for owner-occupants aimed at helping companies to more accurately calculate the value in deep energy retrofits.The report tries to more clearly define the non-energy costs and benefits, risk reductions and overall value created in deep energy retrofits....More