One of the biggest stories of 2014 was uncertainty across the energy sector, which is set to continue throughout 2015, a seminal year in the transition towards a sustainable global energy future due to the Paris climate negotiations in December 2015.
What does a LEED certified home look like architecturally? And how does it compare with what a sustainable house should look like?
A LEED certified home, as you’re about to see from the photos in this article, can pretty much look like anything you want. The strength (and weakness) of the LEED for Homes rating system is that it attempts to reconcile sustainable building objectives with the current reality of the green building market and the range of options that are realistically available to the majority of people...
Wall Street Journal (blog) Real Estate News: Using Smell to Make a Sale Wall Street Journal (blog) A House by Any Other Name: Once the provenance of grand estates, names are becoming more casual—and much sillier.
Beautiful? Behold the most-used real estate listing words Los Angeles Times Nationwide, “beautiful” was the most frequent word in listings last year, according to a study of 300,000 listings conducted last year by Point2Homes, an online listing and...
The GuardianHow to get ahead in ... sustainable livingThe GuardianAdvising tenants on how to reduce their carbon footprint and cut their energy costs is becoming part of the core skills expected of frontline housing officers.
Jim Gramata's insight:
Sustainable living starts with healthy homes and having these core sustainable principles to all aspects of our built environment.
A new solar power financing system that offers solar power as a service is coming first to California and then expanding to other states served by Sunnova.
Jim Gramata's insight:
No money down for solar panel installations coming to California (of course) then expanding to other states. Too late for me. I just signed my solar panel contractor today and hope to be getting solar power this summer!
The East Harlem School mission is righteous, but dead serious: to provide an affordable, rigorous academic program for low-income families, and to embrace creativity and ambition with a no-nonsense attitude.
New research shows that many businesses around the world won’t start planning until 2018. Is this too late?
Despite widespread warnings of resource scarcity over the next few decades, a significant proportion of global businesses are not prepared to address the predicted shortfall, according to new research by Carbon Trust. The U.K.-based organization’s survey of 475 executives in the U.S., Brazil, China, Korea and the U.K. revealed while a majority acknowledged that their companies would have to charge more for their products and services as a result of resource constraints, 43 percent are not monitoring risks posed by incidents such as energy price increases and environmental disasters. Over 50 percent have not developed goals to reduce their company’s consumption of water, waste production or carbon emissions...
View the Carbon Trust infographic for more details on the survey.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans in November to expand the city’s Riverwalk by six blocks, tying public space along Lake Michigan to the confluence of the river’s three branches at Wolf Point.
Conceptual plans establish identities for each of the six blocks from State Street west to Lake Street.
The project is intended to draw more recreation to the riverfront, presumably to include kayaking at the Cove and the Marina, and fishing at the jetty. After the state committed $10 million to clean up the Chicago River, the Environmental Protection Agency followed suit, ordering a cleanup for the wastewater-ridden waterway downtown that would be comprehensive enough to make stretches actually clean enough for swimming.
The design team for the expansion is composed of Sasaki Associates, Alfred Benesch & Co., Ross Barney Architects, and Jacobs/Ryan Associates.
Visit the link to learn more about this large-scale revitalization effort and development of green public space in Chicago.
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