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Tour the Country’s Energy Infrastructure Through A New Interactive Map

Tour the Country’s Energy Infrastructure Through A New Interactive Map | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

Examining the network of power plants, transmission wires, and pipelines gives new insights into the inner workings of the electrical grid.

 

Every time you switch on a light, charge your electronics or heat your home in the winter, you’re relying upon a tremendous network of energy infrastructure that literally stretches across the country: power plants, pipelines, transmission wires and storage facilities.

It can be hard to visualize all this infrastructure and understand how it makes abundant energy available throughout the country. To help see a bigger picture, a new map, just released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, combines a range of data (locations of power plants, electricity lines, natural gas pipelines, refineries, storage facilities and more) into an elegant, interactive interface that helps to piece how it all fits together. You can also zoom in on your own city to see the types of power plants generating electricity nearby.

The map also includes layers of real-time information on storm movement and risks, allowing energy analysts to better understand the potential impact of storms.


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Understanding the grid in real time is somewhat facilitated by this new interactive map.

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CBRE to Buy Johnson Controls WorkPlace Unit

CBRE to Buy Johnson Controls WorkPlace Unit | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
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CBRE is going big time into sustainable asset management with this purchase of Johnson Controls.  It is part of facilitating the transition to more efficient buildings and better workspaces. 

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Press Release: PEER: New Rating System for Sustainable Power Systems

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One more rating system but this one is geared just for power from the USGBC.   It focuses more on renewables but the real key is to use less power in the first place. 

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Tesla's New Battery Could Solve One of Solar Power's Biggest Problems

Tesla's New Battery Could Solve One of Solar Power's Biggest Problems | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
So far, specific details are thin on the new battery designed for home use that Tesla’s announcing next week. But just based on what we do know, it’s a pretty big deal. The quest for a good battery that can store home-generated power is kind of like the holy grail for a renewable energy future. This one product might change everything.
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Great article explaining where we're headed regarding solar power and how the Telsa home battery will come into play. Discusses the idea of "peak load shaving" where homeowners can store excess energy instead of having to give it back to the utility companies.  This would allow them to become energy independent using sustainable, clean energy. 

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An Efficient Way to Convert Plants Directly into Hydrogen Fuel | MIT Technology Review

An Efficient Way to Convert Plants Directly into Hydrogen Fuel | MIT Technology Review | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
The prospects for carbon-neutral vehicles could get a boost from a new way to make hydrogen from biomass.
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Getting hydrogen produced more efficiently may just keep this fuel cell in the race with electric batteries.  Of course, one issue is the infrastructure required to support refueling stations.  If batteries or any technology can extend range to something above 500 miles then infrastructure becomes less of a problem.

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Measured impact

Measured impact | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
According to the University’s Sustainability Report, released online today, various conservation measures and behavior changes have already contributed to 60 percent of Harvard’s progress in meeting its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2016.
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It woul dbe nice if every university released such reports.

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Four Keys to Streamlining Energy Disclosure Compliance | Sustainability content from National Real Estate Investor

Four Keys to Streamlining Energy Disclosure Compliance | Sustainability content from National Real Estate Investor | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Ten cities, two states and one county have adopted energy disclosure laws for commercial buildings, requiring building owners to benchmark and disclose the energy efficiency of their properties. Here are four steps owners can take to ensure compliance with current energy disclosure laws and prepare for future legislation.
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We need everyone to disclose energy consumption. Only then will the market be able to add or discount values.  

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Walkability Premium Found in Price Trends for Commercial Property According to New Indices Released by RCA | Real Capital Analytics

Walkability Premium Found in Price Trends for Commercial Property According to New Indices Released by RCA | Real Capital Analytics | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

Real Capital Analytics (RCA), continuing its innovation in commercial real estate information, announced today the launch of the RCA & Walk Score® Commercial Property Price Indices (CPPI) the first of its kind to quantify the price value of walkability for commercial properties. 

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Interesting study linking higher WalkScores to higher property price appreciation for commercial real estate.  

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Offshore wind is already cheaper than gas or nuclear power

Offshore wind is already cheaper than gas or nuclear power | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Team 'green energy' recently scored another goal in the ongoing match for power affordability supremacy, when a recent analysis showed wind energy is already cheaper than both gas and nuclear power.
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Great news for offshore wind power.  A Denmark study has shown that it is now cheaper than gas or nuclear power, even without government subsidies. 

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3D building models help bring sustainability into construction

3D building models help bring sustainability into construction | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
A new tech-savvy generation is helping to boost the use of computer simulations in construction with significant benefits for the environment
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Great article explaining how Building Information Modeling (BIM), along with a collaborative design and build team, is important in developing efficient and sustainable buildings.  

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Meet the man who builds houses with water

Meet the man who builds houses with water | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Hungarian architect Matyas Gutai has discovered that water is the perfect material for keeping a house at a comfortable temperature.
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Interesting sustainable design using water trapped between glass panels to heat and cool a building. Not sure this would catch on with the masses, but it's an innovative concept nonetheless. 

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Neat idea but I wonder how hard it is to control algae growth or maybe that could be harvested for biofuel?
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Measurabl Launches Commercial Reporting Tool for CDP

Measurabl Launches Commercial Reporting Tool for CDP | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) April 03, 2015 -- Measurabl, a San Diego-based software startup for sustainability reporting, has launched its reporting tool for CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project). This is the company’s third product and has been in pilot with several Fortune 500 companies over the last year.
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CSR and Sustainability reporting is a huge task and seeing new tools to make that easier is essential for the market to become more transparent.

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JLL's Green + Productive Workplace Wins Environmental Leader Top Product of the Year

JLL's Green + Productive Workplace Wins Environmental Leader Top Product of the Year | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Green + Productive Workplace is an online tool that assess office design elements that balance sustainability with employee wellness, comfort and productivity.
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Innovative model to forecast increased workplace productivity based on implementing sustainable initiatives. Like one judge said, it would be great to incorporate this into the LEED certification process somehow.

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Innovative model to forecast increased workplace productivity based on implementing sustainable initiatives. Like one judge said, it would be great to incorporate this into the LEED certification process somehow. 

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Riding in Mercedes' luxurious, self-driving car of the future

Riding in Mercedes' luxurious, self-driving car of the future | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
A four-wheeled vision of gleaming silver glides toward me, shining brightly under the warm California sun. The vehicle looks otherworldly against the emp
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This is a fascinating concept of the autonomous car created by Mercedes-Benz.

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Green buildings attract, retain, satisfy tenants | Real Estate Weekly

Green buildings attract, retain, satisfy tenants | Real Estate Weekly | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
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Glad to see the post and discussion but Steve is still a rare appraisal professional in recognizing the benefits of green buildings. Less than two dozen appraisers in the country are LEED AP and the green associate number is also small, so we have a long way to go to educate the appraisal community on what has been understood by insiders for some time. 

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For Property Users | Green Per Square Foot

For Property Users | Green Per Square Foot | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
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This is a match making service for owners and vendors that want more building efficiency.  Like Angie's list for green enveloped in some recommendations.  Not a bad idea.

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Mapping Denver: Transit Expansion Drives Higher Rents

Mapping Denver: Transit Expansion Drives Higher Rents | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
The expansion of light rail has helped increase residential rental rates in neighborhoods on the rail network. That can push out the very residents who could most benefit from public transit.
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With the new WalkScore study that RCA recently published and the trend of millennials gravitating to the urban core, walkability and public transportation are becoming more popular amenities for office, retail and multifamily properties. 

 

Check out this study in Denver showing rent appreciation for multifamily buildings in close proximity to new light rail stops.

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Apple is leading the way on corporate environmentalism

Apple is leading the way on corporate environmentalism | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
The iPhone-maker has released its 2015 Environmental Responsibility Report, outlining its progress in keeping green.
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Comprehensive article to all the sustainable actions Apple has taken to become a steward of corporate environmentalism. There's also a link to the 35-page Apple 2015 Environmental Responsibility Report. 

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How to Calculate and Present Deep Retrofit Value: A Guide For Investors

How to Calculate and Present Deep Retrofit Value: A Guide For Investors | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
How to Calculate and Present Deep Retrofit Value: A Guide For Investors
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ROI drives the market.  Here is one more guide.

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Apple protects 36,000 acres of forest, and is building 2 new solar farms in China

Apple protects 36,000 acres of forest, and is building 2 new solar farms in China | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Apple announces the purchase of forest lands for conservation and sustainable harvesting, as well as their plans for two new solar farms under construction in China.
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Apple continues to impress on the sustainability front.  It announced not only the development of two new solar farms in China, but also the purchase of 36,000 acres of forest in Maine and North Carolina to use as a sustainable source for its packaging. 

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Apple partners with SunPower to build twin 20-megawatt solar plants in China

Apple partners with SunPower to build twin 20-megawatt solar plants in China | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Apple is set to expand its global investment in alternative energy sources with the construction of two new solar energy sites in mainland China, which when combined will provide up to 80 million kilowatt-hours of power each year.
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Apple continues to be a corporate role model in sustainability, this time building solar plants in China to power its facilities. Hopefully the Chinese government follows suit and pushes sustainable initiatives to reduce pollution levels in the country. 

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CBRE Group, Inc. Acquires Environmental Systems, Inc.

CBRE Group, Inc. Acquires Environmental Systems, Inc. | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today announced that it has acquired Environmental Systems, Inc. (ESI), a leading systems integrator and provider of energy management services in the United States.
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CBRE has been gobbling up a couple building control systems recently. First, Johnson Controls and now ESI.  With these acquisitions, CBRE can now offer custom energy-efficient solutions for their clients.

They are probably now not only the largest, but also one of the most vertically integrated third-party full-service commercial real estate firms in the world.

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Major auto industry disruption will lead to robotic taxis

Major auto industry disruption will lead to robotic taxis | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
The automotive industry is entering a period of deep disruption that will make it unrecognizable, according to a new analysis from Morgan Stanley.
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The future of transportation could be drastically different than the present.  Imagine no longer having to rely on a car and instead paying $0.25/mile to travel using driverless taxis available 24/7.  Also, parking requirements would be significantly reduced, opening up more land to develop on. 

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Leo DiCaprio is turning his $2 million island into an eco-resort to save it

Leo DiCaprio is turning his $2 million island into an eco-resort to save it | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Leonardo DiCaprio wants to save the private island he owns off the coast of Belize by turning it into a giant eco-friendly luxury resort.
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Great to see sustainable habitats and nurseries for sea life and ocean fauna incorporated into this new eco-resort on Leonardo DiCaprio's island off the coast of Belize. 

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Space and the city

Space and the city | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
        BUY land, advised Mark Twain; they’re not making it any more. In fact, land is not really scarce: the entire population of America...
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From Clarence Wong, this article discusses how we impose artificial constraints on land which is turn drive up scarcity and prices.  Sounds like San Diego and many other US markets.

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Moscow City Duma requires standards for sustainable construction - Green Building Council

Moscow City Duma requires standards for sustainable construction - Green Building Council | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
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Wonders never cease

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