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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...


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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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Smart modular greenhouses turn urban rooftops into gardens

Smart modular greenhouses turn urban rooftops into gardens | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Cityblooms' tiny modular greenhouses bring commercial agricultural technology to urban farms.
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Urban green houses will proliferate and this is just one more design that works.

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Work Design NOW Winner Video and Case Study: A Must Read

Work Design NOW Winner Video and Case Study: A Must Read | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
See how a non-traditional workspace is changing the way a furniture dealership does business in the first of our three-part Work Design NOW research series.

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Flexibility seems to be the key.

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Kate Lister's curator insight, January 12, 2:26 PM

This is a really good story of how Airea Studio transformed their workplace with the help of Haworth and Fox Architects. The results: new customers, better relationships with existing customers, enhanced reputation, and improved attraction of talent.

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Do LEED Buildings Perform? Indeed They Do! :: GBIG Insight

Do LEED Buildings Perform? Indeed They Do! :: GBIG Insight | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
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This is a fascinating study comparing LEED vs Non-LEED commercial office buildings in Washington, DC.  The study confirms the positive impact of LEED buildings, and the financial and energy savings with a LEED building.  

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The Top 5 Green Building Stories in 2014

The Top 5 Green Building Stories in 2014 | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

"From an iconic 99-storey skyscraper powered by clean energy to the world's first integrative design platform, the green building sector saw exciting developments."

Clarence Wong's insight:

Here are some key stories about sustainable real estate in 2014, mostly from the Asia-Pacific.

 

Australia and New Zealand are making some impressive strides, leading the rest of the world real estate sustainability according to the 2014 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark.

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Incredible futuristic African architecture that solves problems-- and gets you thinking

Incredible futuristic African architecture that solves problems-- and gets you thinking | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

"Architecture cropping up in Africa is achieving international acclaim for some of the most innovative and sustainable building designs in the world. In some cases it is a single building that has been designed to minimise impact on the environment or cope with environmental challenges.  In other cases the architecture involves a concerted effort among companies, individuals, and at times the government, to deal with certain demands such as urbanisation or climate change or as a form of modernisation to accommodate new economic aspirations."

Clarence Wong's insight:

Here's an amazing collection of unique sustainable projects in the African region.  They range in scope from a wave barrier city to a aerodynamic rainwater collecting office building in the middle of the desert to one of the most sustainable buildings in Africa made primarily of hemp. 

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Deloitte's Amsterdam HQ becomes world's most sustainable office building

Deloitte's Amsterdam HQ becomes world's most sustainable office building | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

"Deloitte's new corporate headquarters in Amsterdam has been certified as the most sustainable office building in the world by BREEAM. The Edge was awarded an 'Outstanding' rating with the highest ever BREEAM score of 98.36 percent. It takes the title from One Embankment Place in London."

Clarence Wong's insight:

Known as 'The Edge', Deloitte's new HQ in Amsterdam has overtaken the top spot for the world's most sustainable office building. It features impressive green amenities including side wall solar panels, an aquifer thermal energy system, Ethernet-connected LED and smart lighting throughout, a rainwater collection system, and 500 bicycle spaces. 

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Over one-third of new U.S. electricity came from solar this year

Over one-third of new U.S. electricity came from solar this year | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

For the first three quarters of 2014, more than one third (36 percent) of the new electricity capacity built out in the U.S. came from solar systems, according to a new report from the Solar Energy Industries Association. 

Clarence Wong's insight:

"Another good sign towards widespread adoption of solar panel use. As the costs of solar panels continue to come down, it'll make sense for more and more people to embrace these panels to lower their building operating costs."

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Rooftop solar power is making coal obsolete in Australia

Rooftop solar power is making coal obsolete in Australia | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

"Rooftop solar panels are becoming such a powerful factor in the energy market that they now can push the price of electricity to negative territory in the sunniest regions of the world."

Clarence Wong's insight:

With over a million Australians having already installed solar rooftop panels, demand for fossil fuels in the country have gone down 13% over the past four years. By 2020, it is estimated that 90% of commercial buildings and 75% of residential buildings in Australia will have solar rooftop panels.  If other countries follow suit, this would be a huge leap forward for sustainability. 

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Smart Solar Roadways | NAIOP

Smart Solar Roadways | NAIOP | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

"Idaho-based Solar Roadways Inc., is on a mission to manufacture technology to power the world by replacing petroleum-based asphalt roads with pressure-sensitive solar panels manufactured from tempered glass that has been designed and tested to meet all impact loads — including 250,000-pound trucks."

Clarence Wong's insight:

Imagine charging your solar vehicle from the road or parking lot you are driving on, or drawing power from a solar paneled sidewalk. Solar Roadways has secured a two-year $750,000 Small Business Innovation Research contract with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and is in phase 2 of its prototype, so hopefully this can become a reality someday.

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Off Grid Electric Raises $16M To Let Africans Pre-Pay For Solar Energy Just Like Phones

Off Grid Electric Raises $16M To Let Africans Pre-Pay For Solar Energy Just Like Phones | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
How do you pay for solar energy if you don't have a credit card or bank account? Thanks to Off Grid Electric, people in the developing world can pay as they..
Clarence Wong's insight:

In off-the-grid areas where there's lack of utility infrastructure, rent-as-you-go solar panel systems like those offered by Off Grid Electric provide affordable electricity to families so they can light up their homes and charge their cell phones. 

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1001 McKinney, a LEED-certified office in downtown Houston, leads the way for Class B building efficiency - Houston Business Journal

1001 McKinney, a LEED-certified office in downtown Houston, leads the way for Class B building efficiency - Houston Business Journal | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Just 2 percent of Houston’s 571 Class B buildings have LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, according to CBRE Group Inc. However, one classic office building downtown shows the benefits — and financial payoffs — of going green.
Casey Fashouer's insight:

Becoming LEED certified could be a great strategy for Class B office buildings to compete with Class A office buildings. It increases the value of the building, saves the building money on energy costs, and it helps the building attract new tenants in the future.

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Manhattan's Lowline would be the world's first underground park

Manhattan's Lowline would be the world's first underground park | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

"You could never accuse New York of lacking imagination with its plans for green space in the heart of Manhattan. First, there was the High Line, a park built on elevated railway tracks. Now, developers are hoping to transform more disused transport infrastructure into an urban park – only this time, it'll be in an abandoned streetcar terminal under the Lower East Side."

Clarence Wong's insight:

Innovative idea to turn an old underground street car terminal into a public park.  'Street-level solar collectors' would be used to gather sunlight from 20 feet above to bring it down to the park. 

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With Pressure from Investors, Private Equity Considers ESG

With Pressure from Investors, Private Equity Considers ESG | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Limited partners increasingly expect private equity firms to make environmental, social and governance factors part of their investment strategies.
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Norm Miller's curator insight, November 27, 2014 2:33 PM

Owners of property have seldom led the way on sustainability but rather been pushed by occupants.  Now we see investors pushing investment advisers.  Some investment advisers have wrongly assumed that paying attention to sustainability and social responsibility was a cost with little return.  This is wrong.  Generally it means a longer economic life, greater efficiency and productivity for occupants.  Finally the institutional world is getting it.  

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Climate Change

Climate Change | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Learn about the dangerous effects of climate change, and President Obama's plan to combat it. #ActOnClimate
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The President mentioned climate change in his speech. While no republican stood up to applaud on this point, you'd think they would appreciate the need to curb pollution.  

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California starts building its high-speed train system

California starts building its high-speed train system | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

"At long last, California's promised high-speed train system is becoming more than just a pipe dream. The state will break ground on the first section of track in Fresno on January 6th, creating the foundation for a 220MPH rail network that will eventually extend as far as Sacramento and San Diego."

Clarence Wong's insight:

Great news for California -- its high-speed train system will start construction in January.  Riders will be able to travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco is just 3 hours, which will be attractive to leisure and business travelers.  With less road and air traffic, it'll help relieve congestion and pollution. 

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Norm Miller's comment, January 7, 4:47 PM
I wonder how many years before it reaches San Diego? San Diego with it's modest airport connections would really benefit from a high speed connection to LAX or SFO but I understand that this is not in the plans. That is a shame.
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Is There Such a Thing as a Green Lease? | CRE Radio - Commercial Real Estate Radio with Howard Kline

Is There Such a Thing as a Green Lease? | CRE Radio - Commercial Real Estate Radio with Howard Kline | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Is There Such a Thing as Green Leasing
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Greener lease 5 min talk by the Kimco Dir of Sustainability

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Cities Look to Micro Units as an Option for Affordable Housing

Cities Look to Micro Units as an Option for Affordable Housing | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

Chances are, if you live in a city, you live alone. More than half of all adults living in New York, Austin, Denver, and Seattle live by themselves; in Washington, D.C., 71 percent of adults are single. In the United States as a whole, the number of single-person households has quintupled since 1960 and now represents 27 percent of the total, according to census figures.

This dramatic change in demographics, coupled with the recent economic crisis and growing environmental concerns among the general population, is affecting attitudes about lifestyle. Americans are shifting from having more and consuming more to being content with less—particularly when it comes to house size. A smaller home means less to heat, less to furnish, and less to maintain. And, generally speaking, less out of pocket.


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What we call a micro unit in California is anything under 650 Sq Ft, but that is close to the average unit size in many countries throughout the world.  Still, if we want to make housing affordable to key to be sure our land use regulations do not prevent smaller sized units.  This is much preferable to housing linkage fees which distort the market and result in higher land prices for affordable housing developments as the subsidies go straight to higher land values.

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Katherine Correll's curator insight, January 13, 12:39 AM

A trend of doing more with less paves the way for more units in the same space. 

Looking forward to the February 4th City Builder Housing dialogue.

http://www.scoop.it/t/green-streets

 

 

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Should Building Codes Be Flexible for Sustainable Buildings?

Should Building Codes Be Flexible for Sustainable Buildings? | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Seattle allows deviation from standard building codes to encourage more sustainable buildings. Is this an approach that should be adopted more widely?
Casey Fashouer's insight:

Other cities should develop a similar program to adjust their building codes to allow developers to build more sustainable buildings. Seattle has done an amazing job to recognize the need for sustainable buildings and the advantages these buildings will provide in the future.

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Commercial Food Waste Composting | NAIOP

Commercial Food Waste Composting | NAIOP | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

"Developers, property owners and tenants are becoming more sophisticated about waste disposal. No longer content to simply recycle, many are exploring and implementing new ways to reduce the amount of waste they send to landfills."

Clarence Wong's insight:

"Don't let the food go to waste" is a typical old saying, but more commercial building operators have been taking this to heart and walking the walk recently.

 

Some operators are using compost systems to not only reduce food waste and dumping costs, but also to improve their LEED building scores. Other operators are using anaerobic digesters to convert the food waste into electricity, methane and fertilizer.

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Out of battery? Charge your phone in a 'Strawberry Tree'

Out of battery? Charge your phone in a 'Strawberry Tree' | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
The Strawberry Tree is a public solar-powered charging station that allows users to recharge their phone for free.
Casey Fashouer's insight:

This is a fascinating invention for the sharing economy.

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JOSRE Volume 6 | JOSRE :: The Journal of Sustainable Real Estate

JOSRE Volume 6 | JOSRE :: The Journal of Sustainable Real Estate | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
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Volume 6 is now live at this link from www.josre.org

Thanks to the Land Economics Foundation in Canada for support.

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Redesigning the Office with Flexible, Eco-Friendly Foam

Redesigning the Office with Flexible, Eco-Friendly Foam | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
BuzziSpace, a Belgian furniture company, makes office units built to flexibly foster collaboration in the workplace with a unique environmentally-friendly edge.
Casey Fashouer's insight:

BuzziSpace is a fascinating company that is transforming the traditional office space to a more flexible office space with their interesting designs and furniture configurations.

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Green Real Estate Trends

Green Real Estate Trends | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Calculating ROI and communicating the benefits of green building is essential. This only further proves how necessary it is to have agents with green real estate designations who are able to explain the value and benefits of green homes and properties.
Clarence Wong's insight:

Real estate brokers with green designations will be better equipped to explain the benefits and ROI of green buildings. With green buildings on the rise, these type of designations could help brokers stand out from their peers.

 

Here are green designations:
EcoBroker Certified® Designations (US); Accredited Green Agent™ and Accredited Green Broker™ designations; Accredited Real Estate Professionals (S.T.A.R.) Certification; and LEED Green Associate, etc. 

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India’s First Net Zero Energy Building Serves as a Model for the Country - Energy Manager Today

India’s First Net Zero Energy Building Serves as a Model for the Country - Energy Manager Today | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the Association for Development and Research of Sustainable Habitats organized a tour of the Indira Paryavaran Bhavan in New Dehli to promote the need for green building strategies in the country, Eco-Business reports. Completed almost one year ago, the government building is India’s firstnet-zero energy building.
Clarence Wong's insight:

India is at the forefront of planned smart cities. With its first net zero energy building completed about a year ago, this hopefully inspires both smart and sustainable development in India as it builds out its cities. 

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Transit-oriented development helps cities ease off the gas

Transit-oriented development helps cities ease off the gas | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Editor’s note: This article is part of a series about sustainable cities. Read the other articles: "Sustaining our cities," "Curbing urban sprawl" and "Room to grow.&quo
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Phoenix, AZ is striving to find ways to make the city more accessible with their light rail train system.  The city is also redeveloping some of their roads to encourage citizens to walk and use bicycles more frequently.  This is an interesting trend for the future, and I wonder if other cities will incorporate some of the same strategies to decrease the use of cars in their city.

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