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Why a Four Degree Celsius Warmer World Must Be Avoided: Infographic

Why a Four Degree Celsius Warmer World Must Be Avoided: Infographic | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

The World Bank has issued a new report on global warming entitled 'Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4 Degree C Warmer World Must Be Avoided.'


Why should we avoid it?

Because it would be verging on apocalyptic. Coral reefs dead, rainforests dead, sections of the tropics becoming uninhabitable due to heat, spreading deserts, ice sheets collapsing, rising sea levels inundating cities and entire countries. The infographic below tries to be optimistic, but it is best to know the truth: we are currently a ship of fools sailing for planetary-scale disaster.

The lack of political will is leading to a situation in which we are being forced into the geoengineering option, because the technical solution, no matter how crazy it is, is not as difficult as the moral-political solution...


Via Lauren Moss
Norm Miller's insight:

If the US Federal Government can not agree on fiscal reforms, what makes anyone think that longer term problems like global warming can be addressed with sufficient advanced planning to avert global warming.  We are probably not going to do anything sufficient to reverse this invitable trend, so why not simply accept the consequences and deal with them as a given?  Low lying lands will be gone, so don't buy any beachfront property not on a cliff.  Farming will need to adapt.  Our microorganisms will hopefully adapt.  We will likely have some food crisis but we do have the technology to handle many problems, and things will be easier if we start to wean ourselves off of carbon based fuels.  Many cities will be gone but I don't see it as the end of the world. 

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Unit Solutions Provides A LEGO-Like Green Building Technology That Will Solve The Planet’s Biggest Problem

Unit Solutions Provides A LEGO-Like Green Building Technology That Will Solve The Planet’s Biggest Problem | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

"Unit Solutions is the first construction company that provide a modular construction system combining the major elements of luxury, pre-fabrication and energy efficiency."

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Modular construction is becoming a popular alternative to traditional on-site construction, but this new LEGO-like green building technology takes modular construction to the next level by providing an environmental friendly cradle-to-grave solution.
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Nevada tops new solar activity list

Nevada tops new solar activity list | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Nevada has become a hotspot for solar usage, according to BuildFax, a company that delivers data-driven insights for smart property decisions. Three of the states cities topped the company’s first ranking of fastest growing U.S. cities for solar activity
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Here's a list of top U.S. cities for solar activity with Nevada cities taking the top 3 spots. The list has many western and southwestern cities, but New York and Charlotte also round out the top 20. With that being said, there are plenty of sunny cities in other parts of the country that could potentially make this list.
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BREEAM Green Building Rating System Arrives in US

BREEAM Green Building Rating System Arrives in US | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
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For many commercial property owners in the U.S., LEED certification is out of reach due to strict prerequisites and high certification costs. BREEAM certification is now being brought over from the UK to the US and may help bridge this green certification gap by offering an easier and lower-cost alternative to LEED.
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Free PDF Download Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery

All PDF, EPUB, MOBI, DOC, RTF for Free. Download : http://ebookreads.com/0470904453 Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery You ...
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BIM as A Useful Collaboration Tool for Real Estate Developers

BIM as A Useful Collaboration Tool for Real Estate Developers | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
“ The construction sector in UK, Australia and UAE is increasingly adopting BIM for large scale and complex projects for both buildings and infrastructural facilities.”
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30 incredible buildings from around the world

30 incredible buildings from around the world | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Featuring invisible houses and flora-clad towers, a thirty-strong shortlist of architectural projects from around the world has been unveiled today by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for its inaugural RIBA International Prize.
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IBcon 2016 Landing Page

IBcon 2016 Landing Page | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
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Jim Young always provides a cutting edge conference on smart and efficient buildings at www.realcomm.com
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SolSmart Helps Communities Reduce Solar Energy Costs

SolSmart Helps Communities Reduce Solar Energy Costs | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
SolSmart will provide cities and counties with no-cost technical assistance to help them streamline and reduce solar energy costs in their area.
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SolSmart is a great resource to assist residents and businesses in local cities and counties streamline solar soft costs to help them get on board with solar and reduce their reliance on the grid.  
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Driverless pods to race down Singapore's roads by the end of 2016 | ZDNet

Driverless pods to race down Singapore's roads by the end of 2016 | ZDNet | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Will the ambitious project lead to commuters choosing self-driving pods over personal transport?
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Find a Green Architect

Find a Green Architect | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
First network of sustainable architecture, green architecture, and eco-friendly building. If you're looking for a sustainable architect or contractor, this is where to find one!
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First group of networked green architects.
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Building WELL: Arup Joins Forces with Delos™ at MIPIM to Promote Health and Wellbeing Across the Built Environment

Building WELL: Arup Joins Forces with Delos™ at MIPIM to Promote Health and Wellbeing Across the Built Environment | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Arup has signed a global alliance with Delos™ to accelerate the integration of health and wellness into the built environment.
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Delos, creator of the WELL Building Standard, and Arup, a premier design and consulting firm focused on the built environment, have partnered up to advance indoor environments to promote human health and well-being.
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Whole Foods makes sustainability push with solar energy

Whole Foods makes sustainability push with solar energy | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Whole Foods Market plans to work with SolarCity and NRG Energy to install solar panels on nearly 200 of its locations nationwide. It's considered a big move for a company whose values line up well with reducing its carbo
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Whole Foods Market has engaged in purchase power agreements (PPAs) with SolarCity and NRG Energy to install solar panels on nearly 200 of its locations, mostly at stores, but also at some distribution centers. In these arrangements, SolarCity and NRG Energy will own the solar panels, but Whole Foods will purchase power at discounted rates.
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Green Building Shown to Improve Productivity

Green Building Shown to Improve Productivity | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
A recent study linking air quality with productivity highlights yet another benefit to green building.
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Harvard University's new COGfx study analyzed the impact of carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) on office workers in a controlled environment. Findings revealed that cognitive scores of subjects improved by up to 101 percent in an optimized indoor green setting compared to those in a non-green setting. 
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How This Texas Company Just Reinvented the Big-Box Store

How This Texas Company Just Reinvented the Big-Box Store | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Lone Star State-based home-improvement startup TreeHouse is building its second massive retail location. That store's annual energy costs? Zero.
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This net-zero big box store could become the blueprint for future retail anchor locations. The setup involves utilizing natural light, a sawtooth roof, solar panels and a Telsa battery to conserve as much energy as possible and then use renewable energy for remaining power requirements.
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London market for flexible workspace outstrips conventional space - Workplace Insight

London market for flexible workspace outstrips conventional space - Workplace Insight | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
The UK market for flexible workspace has grown by 11 percent in just the last 12 months, even outstripping demand for conventional office space in London
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Interesting trend in workplace design and demand.
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Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere forecast to shatter milestone

Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere forecast to shatter milestone | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Scientists warn that global warming target will be overshot within two decades, as annual concentrations of CO2 set to pass 400 parts per million in 2016
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Green high-rise keeps cool in sultry Singapore with passive design and living roofs

Green high-rise keeps cool in sultry Singapore with passive design and living roofs | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
This Singapore apartment complex beats the heat with a cross-ventilation passive design.
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New Energy Efficient Buildings are not enough against Sustainability Challenge.

New Energy Efficient Buildings are not enough against Sustainability Challenge. | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

"More industrialized approach becomes mandatory, an approach that will reduce cost and simplify the decision making process for buyers. But as we all would agree, each city skyline is unique in itself, every building comes in with its own kind of combination of uses, systems and opportunities to be energy efficient."

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Car Free Building In Austin Will Have No Parking

Car Free Building In Austin Will Have No Parking | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
The Avenue in Austin will not contain a parking garage or any other on-site parking, and residents will walk or bike to the car free building.
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When you think of cities where residents don't have their own cars, cities like San Francisco with strong public transportation typically come to mind. However, with more Millennials delaying car purchases and using alternative modes of transportation, like Uber/Lyft, biking or walking, there is opportunity to live a car-free lifestyle, especially in the urban core of other cities. Case in point - Congress Development Partners is constructing The Avenue, "the first truly car-free luxury development in downtown Austin for people who work and live 24 hours a day in downtown".
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Blog | Sustainability Roundtable Inc

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Jim Boyle of the Sustainability Roundtable shared this report.
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Construction is bustling at Florida's first 'sustainable town'

Construction is bustling at Florida's first 'sustainable town' | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

"With deep pockets and an environmentalist's zeal, retired American football player Syd Kitson dreamed up a plan to build the United States' first solar-powered town on a vast swath of rural land in southwest Florida."

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Great story of a former NFL player getting creative with real estate to develop the first solar-powered and eco-friendly town in the U.S. This endeavor involves allocating part of the land of the master planned development to a wetlands preserve and dedicating adjacent land to a local utility company for a solar farm.
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Largest Retail Solar Array in Nevada Belongs to IKEA

Largest Retail Solar Array in Nevada Belongs to IKEA | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
The new solar array recently installed on the roof of the soon-to-be-open IKEA store in Las Vegas is the largest retail solar array in Nevada.
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IKEA is going "all in" with solar panels. Its new Las Vegas store will have a 240,504-square-foot solar array, the largest of its kind in Nevada. IKEA owns and operates its own solar panels, and now has a 90% solar presence on its US store locations, an impressive accomplishment for a foreign-based company.
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GE wants to use CO2 pollution to make huge solar batteries

GE wants to use CO2 pollution to make huge solar batteries | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Two big problems have been vexing environmental scientists for decades: How to store solar energy for later use, and what to do with CO2 that's been capture
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When we think of CO2, what typically comes to mind is its form as a greenhouse gas, a leading contributor towards global warming. What if we could take this pollution and use it to help store solar energy instead? GE has figured out how to do this by utilizing its proprietary "sunrotor" technology. Exciting stuff.
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How Window Film Saved The Howard Hughes Center Millions of Kilowatts Worth Of Energy

How Window Film Saved The Howard Hughes Center Millions of Kilowatts Worth Of Energy | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
In order to improve its energy efficiency, the Howard Hughes Center adopted window film.
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For buildings with lots of wall-to-wall glass windows, installing window tint to block out the sun's heat can have a large impact on reducing cooling expenses, while also penciling out on ROI. Hines recently installed window tint on their 1.3-million-square-foot, 5-building Howard Hughes office center, which will save them roughly 2.1M kWh per year.
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Las Vegas casinos seek to power their bright lights with renewable energy

Las Vegas casinos seek to power their bright lights with renewable energy | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Ambitious plans by MGM Resorts, Wynn, and Las Vegas Sands are overshadowed by an ongoing battle with regulators and the state’s biggest utility
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Great to see Vegas casinos embracing the sustainability movement. With huge rooftops and plenty of sunshine, it's the perfect environment for solar panels. However, by installing these panels, there would be less reliance on the state's monopoly energy provider, NV Energy, so regulators are requesting casino operators to pay huge penalties to offset loss revenue. 
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