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10 High-Tech, Green City Solutions for Beating the Heat

10 High-Tech, Green City Solutions for Beating the Heat | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

From a solar mansion in China to a floating farm in New York, green buildings are sprouting up in cities around the world. Among their many benefits are curbing fossil-fuel use and reducing the urban heat island effect.

 

The Science Barge is a floating environmental education classroom and greenhouse on the Hudson River in New York. Fueled by solar power, wind, and biofuels, the barge, which was built in 2007, has zero carbon emissions.

Vegetables are grown hydroponically in an effort to preserve natural resources and adapt to urban environments, where healthy soil, or soil at all, is hard to come by. Rainwater and treated river water are used for irrigation.

The owner of the barge—New York Sun Works—designed it as a prototype for closed-loop and self-sufficient rooftop gardens in urban areas.

 

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If the waters rise we could move those in places like New Orleans to floating cities?  or maybe we should move some of the policitians there and cut them loose?

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Using Big Data to Design Smarter Cities

Using Big Data to Design Smarter Cities | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Architects and Planners across the country are harnessing the potential of Big Data to build information-laden city-scale models. By gathering and synthesizing such factors as traffic, energy usage, water flows, and air quality, the urban design field is hoping to layout smarter, more efficient, and more resilient forms of development.

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Hilary McEwan's curator insight, February 17, 7:17 AM

Having already made a huge difference to the landscape of the financial, public health and manufacturing sectors, it looks like we can expect Big Data to keep on trucking, so to speak, and right in to the major infrastructure decisions that drive our city planning.


But does it make sense to plan a city on digital footprints instead of real-time foot fall and the day to day needs of the population? Each of us behaves very differently online to how we live offline, so can turning that data into a streetplan really change the way we live for the better?

Juanma Holgado's curator insight, February 21, 4:57 AM

Big Data i arquitectura, la construccio inteligent de la ciutat cercant eficiencia i sostenibilitat

Norm Miller's curator insight, February 23, 11:23 PM

This is like BMS but for cities.   It makes sense.  

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Retail Sustainability: Do Shoppers Even Care?

Retail Sustainability: Do Shoppers Even Care? | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Until recently, there was scant data to help owners understand whether shoppers even noticed the green features of retail buildings and, if so, whether those initiatives impacted their loyalty towards certain retail projects.
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There have been quantitative studies in the past showing that green retail buildings help increase retail sales, but now a new Forrester Research qualitative study also confirms that shoppers from important sales demographics want sustainable features in retail properties.  This makes for an even stronger case to go green in retail. 

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Apple To Invest $2B Building Green Data Centers In Ireland And Denmark

Apple To Invest $2B Building Green Data Centers In Ireland And Denmark | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

“We’re excited to spur green industry growth in Ireland and Denmark and develop energy systems that take advantage of their strong wind resources. Our commitment to environmental responsibility is good for the planet, good for our business and good for the European economy."

Clarence Wong's insight:

Gotta love that Apple has become a steward of limited resources, sustainability, and the environment. Great role model for green building development.

 

They've been making some good headlines as of late to promote sustainable development: A solar farm in Monterey, CA to help power all its buildings within the state, and also solar-powered data centers in other US states.

 

Now, Apple has announced it will develop data centers powered by renewable energy, including wind power, in Ireland and Denmark, which will have the “lowest environmental impact” of all its data centers thus far.

 

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World’s largest offshore wind farm approved for the U.K. coast

World’s largest offshore wind farm approved for the U.K. coast | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
The U.K. just approved an array of 400 turbines to be built about 80 miles off the coast of the Northern England county, the largest in the world when built.
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The majority of the earth's surface is covered with water, so why not develop on it?  That's exactly what U.K. is going to do--it has gotten approval to develop the world's largest wind farm 80 miles off the Yorkshire coast. 

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New Tesla battery could take your home off the grid

New Tesla battery could take your home off the grid | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

"Ever wish you could ditch your electric bill? Tesla is working on a house battery that could help you break up with your expensive utility company, essentially turning any home into an off-grid abode."

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The idea of storing energy from one's own solar panels into a storage battery and getting off the grid to become self-sufficient is exciting. That could soon be a reality with Telsa's new stationary battery for homes and commercial properties. 

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How much are we trashing our oceans? - CNN.com

How much are we trashing our oceans? - CNN.com | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Every year, more plastic gets produced and a chunk of that is ending up in the ocean, causing environmental harm.
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China, Indonesia, Philippines are among the worst offenders.  I had expected more rich countries per capita to be on this list or Russia and Eastern Europe which does not have sustainability as a high priority yet, but sheer population and culture must play a big role.  

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Press Release: Fannie Mae Rewards LEED-Certified Multifamily Properties with a Lower Interest Rate

Press Release: Fannie Mae Rewards LEED-Certified Multifamily Properties with a Lower Interest Rate | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
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This is a big deal and good news.

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Alibaba begins drone delivery trials

Alibaba begins drone delivery trials | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Retail giant Alibaba says it is using quadcopter drones to deliver tea to hundreds of its customers in China as part of a test.
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Hard to do this in the US but China and Australia will be the guinea pigs.  

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This Futuristic Desert City Is Designed For Self-Sufficient, Communal Living

This Futuristic Desert City Is Designed For Self-Sufficient, Communal Living | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
If you lived here, you'd never have to leave. Given that you'd be in the middle of a desert, that's probably a good thing.
Norm Miller's insight:

I'm not sure why we need to use the desert although there is a lot of it so someday perhaps we must.  At the same time does it not make sense to build cities on the water or near it?  Think of aqua farming and no water shortage. 

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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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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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WELL Certification

WELL Certification | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Delos created the World's first WELL Certified™ office at CBRE Headquarters in Los Angeles, in alignment with the principals of the WELL Building Standard®: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort and Mind.
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Although LEED certifications incorporate some aspects of tenant comfort through sustainable practices, the WELL Certification for office spaces provides an overall healthy work environment for tenants.  The WELL Building Standard embodies the highest standards for air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.

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2015 Getting to Zero National Forum Event Report | Path to Zero Energy Buildings

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Getting to Net Zero is not that hard anymore.  It starts with savings energy use, typically 60% or more can be saved with good design and passive solar use along with efficient lighting.  This is a report worth looking at from the NBI.

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Report shows how to turn energy waste into economic growth

Report shows how to turn energy waste into economic growth | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

A new report indicates 98% of all energy produced globally is wasted through inefficiency. Addressing this issue, boosting energy production would greatly increase the economy and create millions of new jobs.


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Cradle to Cradle style process that suggests we waste a lot of energy.  I know car engine heat on gas cars is wasted and will someday be viewed as a primitive way to power vehicles.  

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Rising Sea Levels Are Already Making Miami's Floods Worse | WIRED

Rising Sea Levels Are Already Making Miami's Floods Worse | WIRED | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
We don’t have to look 85 years into the future to see what a sinking world looks like—we only need to look as far as Miami.
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Time to sell your beachfront property in Key West and maybe Miami soon.  :-)

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Risk of American 'megadroughts' for decades, NASA warns - CNN.com

Risk of  American 'megadroughts' for decades, NASA warns - CNN.com | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
If greenhouse gas emissions don't drastically drop, there is no precedent in contemporary weather records for droughts the country's West will face.
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We can adapt and live with droughts but it will take a lot of planning and engineering and we need to start sooner than later.  There is no stopping the climate change trends but we can adapt and slow our rate of polluting the globe. 

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Apple is building a massive farm of solar panels to power its new campus

Apple is building a massive farm of solar panels to power its new campus | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

"Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company will partner with First Solar to build a massive solar farm in California to power its buildings."

 

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Apple already is the only company in its industry whose data centers are powered by 100% renewable energy. Now, it will power build a solar farm in Monterey, CA to power its buildings within the state, including the upcoming Apple Campus 2 'spaceship site', plus its existing 53 retail stores.

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Sci-Fi Transit System Combines Cars With Maglev Trains - Gas 2

Sci-Fi Transit System Combines Cars With Maglev Trains - Gas 2 | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
A sci-fi transit concept called the AKA24 gives drivers the option of total control on local roads, or attaching to a high-speed maglev line.

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Apple to build $2B solar-powered “command center” data center at Arizona factory site

Apple to build $2B solar-powered “command center” data center at Arizona factory site | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
The question of what Apple plans to do with its factory in Mesa, Arizona, which it was going to lease to now-bankrupt former partner and sapphire glass maker GT Advanced Technologies, is now answered. On Monday Apple and the Governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, announced that the iPhone giant plans to spend $2 billion building…
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Last week I spoke to a large institutional investor who said that solar must be a bad investment or the government would not need to subsidize it, but they do and the return beats 90% of the institutional investors track records over the last 20 years with much less risk, so it seems that some investors still don't get it or want to learn what is possible.   

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Norm Miller's curator insight, February 3, 3:21 PM

Last week I spoke to a large institutional investor who said that solar must be a bad investment or the government would not need to subsidize it, but they do and the return beats 90% of the institutional investors track records over the last 20 years with much less risk, so it seems that some investors still don't get it or want to learn what is possible. 

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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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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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