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Bio-mimicry in Architecture: Two Award-Winning Projects from Architects 3XN

Bio-mimicry in Architecture: Two Award-Winning Projects from Architects 3XN | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

Architects 3XN depict their diligent comprehension of futuristic design concepts with strong traces of bio-mimicry through two award-winning projects – the UN head office and the Blue Planet aquarium in Copenhagen.Both projects in question stand apart for their iconic architectural vocabulary with strong references of biologic attributes to building design.
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Imitating nature in design.

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, October 23, 2013 6:30 AM

De nuevo buscamos inspiración en las formas y estructuras de los seres vivos. Dos proyectos muy interesantes de 3XN.

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Company 3D prints an entire home in just one day

Company 3D prints an entire home in just one day | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Russian 3D-printing company Apris Cor build the home in 24 hours.
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Modular building is nothing new but 3D printing may accelerate it.  I wonder if it can get through building codes?
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Multifamily Developers Willing to Pay More to Build Near Mass Transit Stops

Multifamily Developers Willing to Pay More to Build Near Mass Transit Stops | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Numerous studies have found that renters pay more to live in apartments near mass transit stops.
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With ride-sharing apps like Uber helping to bridge the "last mile" gap for train or rail commuters, transit-oriented development (TOD) sites are becoming increasingly popular with renters, helping to drive up values and attract mutlifamily developers.

TOD sites are typically owned by the city, have a formal request for proposal (RFP) process, and often times require more costly mixed-use elements. That being said, other nearby sites a few blocks away from rail stops with less stricter requirements may be more palatable to developers.
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New Study Links Green Buildings to Higher Cognitive Function | Sustainable Brands

New Study Links Green Buildings to Higher Cognitive Function | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Can better thinking and better health be found in green-certified buildings? New research says yes. A study by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, SUNY Upstate Medical University and United Technologies has found a link between green-certified, high-performing buildings and improved cognitive function and well-being.
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This study came out earlier in 2016 but it is scientific evidence we never had before on cognition. Great stuff.
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Isomatech's curator insight, January 25, 12:50 PM

Каква е връзката между здравето, подобряване на мисленето и сградите със зелени сертификати? Ново проучване на Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Health and the Global Environment и SUNY Upstate Medical University  открива връзка между зелените сгради и подобряване на когнитивната функция. На открито и навън, архитектурната среда играе важна роля в цялостното ни здравословно състояние и благополучие. Това е особено вярно, тъй като около 90 процента от нашето време  прекарваме в закрити помещения и сградите имат способността да влияят положително и отрицателно върху здравето на човека.

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America’s Fastest-Growing Loan Category Has Eerie Echoes of Subprime Crisis

America’s Fastest-Growing Loan Category Has Eerie Echoes of Subprime Crisis | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Lenders offering energy-conscious loans care little about borrowers’ creditworthiness, contractors function as loan brokers—and investors can’t get enough.
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PACE financing, which is used by homeowners to purchase energy-efficient solar panels, window insulation and air-conditioning units, reached over $3.4 billion in 2016 and continues to climb. However, unbeknownst to some of these homeowners, if they default on these energy efficient loans, they could face foreclosure since PACE loans are tied to property tax bills and therefore considered an assessment.
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The Future Of Neighborhoods: Five Projects That Show How We'll Live

The Future Of Neighborhoods: Five Projects That Show How We'll Live | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Residential life could soon be changing.
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This is focused more on food production but is very interesting. Still change takes more time than most people expect.
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The EU Building Stock Observatory, a comprehensive database of the building stock characteristics in EU28

The EU Building Stock Observatory, a comprehensive database of the building stock characteristics in EU28 | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Together with the EU Clean Energy for All package of initiatives and legislation, a major online data portal has been launched on the 30th of November, 2016. The EU Building Stock Observatory, managed by BPIE, provides a comprehensive snapshot of the building stock characteristics in EU28, and monitors the implementation of relevant EU Directives in Member States by presenting 250 indicators.  
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This would be nice in the US as well with more data on energy expenditure and sustainable features.
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Washington, DC Smart Surfaces – Capital E

Washington, DC Smart Surfaces – Capital E | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
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Managing surfaces is key to saving energy and water.  It is possible to do this at the city level.  See this new report from Greg Kats.
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L.A. hotels to receive incentives to go green

L.A. hotels to receive incentives to go green | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

"The city of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Green Lodging Program, in partnership with Green Seal, have unveiled the Green4Green incentive program to help Los Angeles area hotels go green."

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The city of Los Angeles is encouraging its hotels to go green by joining the Los Angeles Green Lodging Program and seeking Green Seal for Hotels and Lodging Properties (GS-33) certification, which represents a high level of commitment to human and environmental health in the hospitality industry. 

By joining the program, hotels will be able to take advantage of 'Green2Green' incentives, which include 50 percent off Green Seal application fees and 25 percent off ongoing fees. In addition, these green hotels will promoted on the websites of the City of Los Angeles, Discover Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Convention and Tourism Board.
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Elon Musk wants to sell you a better-looking solar roof amid slowing growth for panels

Elon Musk wants to sell you a better-looking solar roof amid slowing growth for panels | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Elon Musk unveils new rooftop solar panel design in hopes of reinvigorating the rooftop solar market, which continues to grow but a slower pace than a year ago.
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Up to this point, traditional solar panels installed on top of existing roofs have stuck out like an eye sore for homeowners. Elon Musk is working on providing an affordable and aesthetically-pleasing alternative, solar roof tiles. Used in conjunction with integrated Telsa battery systems, homeowners will soon be able to generate enough electricity to power their homes and Tesla vehicles as well as provide surplus back to the grid. 
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This reverse pyramid is a green urban community in the skies of Paris

This reverse pyramid is a green urban community in the skies of Paris | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
The new urban community designed by Japanese starchitect Sou Fujimoto is expected to create a green haven - both at the ground level and high up in the sky.
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Design matters and what is possible now is amazing.  I wish more cities would encourage more innovative designs.
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Construction industry unaware of modern slavery risks, survey finds

Construction industry unaware of modern slavery risks, survey finds | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
While 84% of respondents from a sample survey of the group’s 14,000 construction industry members agreed that the UK should take leadership on modern slavery and human trafficking, 51% conceded a lack of knowledge about necessary measures to take if the issue was met in their organisation.

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With so many desperate immigrants in the world modern day exploitation is possible or various forms of slave labor.
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EcoVadis's curator insight, October 24, 2016 1:08 AM

There is a great need by all tiers of the supply chain to work together to turn awareness into action. Are you working your way in your supply chain to take action against modern slavery?

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This Is the Future: Workplaces that Make You Healthier

This Is the Future: Workplaces that Make You Healthier | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
McKesson built a new headquarters that's better for its workers and the environment and is now pursuing WELL Building Certification.
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McKesson's recently renovated headquarters, which is in the process of receiving WELL Building Certification, is a great example of how healthy building design and features can help improve occupant wellness and productivity. With people nowadays becoming more health conscious, this type of healthy work environment will help corporations attract and retain more employees.
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More And More Developers Are Cutting Parking Lots Out Of The Equation

More And More Developers Are Cutting Parking Lots Out Of The Equation | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
More developers are ditching parking lots.

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In urban centers this makes sense.
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Clarence | MSRE, LEED GA's curator insight, September 30, 2016 4:31 PM

With autonomous cars on the horizon and Uber now offering its Uber Plus program in more cities whereby residents can pay an upfront free for unlimited UberPool rides, could we see more developers provide less parking in new projects? This definitely makes sense in more urban environments or in transit-oriented areas, but what about far out in the suburbs?

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Realcomm Home

Realcomm Home | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
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Hold the date June 13-16 in San Diego for the largest and best conference on the integration of innovation and real estate.  
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U.S. Green Building Council Releases Annual Top 10 States for LEED Green Building

U.S. Green Building Council Releases Annual Top 10 States for LEED Green Building | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
U.S. Green Building Council Releases Annual Top 10 States for LEED Green Building on www.usgbc.org.
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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its 2016 list of top 10 states for LEED-certified square feet per capita. Massachusetts, which improved from third to first place, led the way, followed by Colorado, Illinois, New York and California. Rounding out the list was Nevada, Maryland, Virginia, Washington and Texas.
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Vincent Callebaut envisions Belgium’s industrial zone as an amazing energy-generating community

Vincent Callebaut envisions Belgium’s industrial zone as an amazing energy-generating community | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Vincent Callebaut presents an amazing green facelift to the century-old warehouses at Belgium’s former industrial site Tour & Taxis in his latest designs for a mixed-use eco-neighborhood.

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Isomatech's curator insight, January 31, 12:58 AM

Kак бивша индустриална зона може да бъде превърната в невероятен еко-квартал генератор на енергия?

 

Дизайнерът Винсент Калебьо представя своята идея за преобразуването на стари складове от миналия век  от бившата промишлена зона край Брюксел в еко-квартал със смесено предназначение. Неговият проект трансформира 40 хектарова бивша индустриална зона в екологична среда с много зеленина, която произвежда повече енергия отколкото обитателите ѝ имат нужда. Футуристичният дизайн е част от по-голяма визия да помогне на европейските градове да трансформират старите си застроени зони в устойчиви общности от бъдещето.

 

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Waste Tracking: Now Available to Building Owners and Managers

Waste Tracking: Now Available to Building Owners and Managers | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
The EPA’s Energy Star program has added the capability to track waste and material use with the same ease of tracking energy and water use.
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The EPA's Energy Star program now offers an energy, water and waste "tracking trifecta". By using the new waste tracking component, building owners can now benchmark waste usage and meet waste reduction goals by implementing appropriate waste management/recycling programs, which also help bring in additional miscellaneous revenue for their investment properties.
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EnergyMarketPrice | News details

EnergyMarketPrice | News details | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
The energy portal that contains more than 14000 energy markets and 5 millions data points on energy to download.
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Interesting to see more and more investment in wind farms. If climate change causes more wind this will continue to grow as a renewable option.
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Oasia Hotel Downtown / WOHA

Oasia Hotel Downtown / WOHA | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Completed in 2016 in Singapore, SingaporeA verdant tower of green in the heart of Singapore’s dense Central Business District (CBD), Oasia Hotel Downtown is a prototype of lan
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Hotels are rarely this green.  One issue with plants on buildings are insects, mice and rats but hopefully there is enough separation for less invasion.  
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Energy savings in shopping centres

Energy savings in shopping centres | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Shopping centres are major energy consumers with significant opportunities for savings. Researchers are currently checking the impact of savings made on lighting and air-conditioning at the City Syd centre in Trondheim.

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Retail has lagged office in terms of sustainability but there are obvious features which make sense.
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Zedbox | Self-Contained Design Homes

Zedbox | Self-Contained Design Homes | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

"Beautiful, comfortable and affordable self-contained homes from Zedbox. Made in our UK factory. Register your interest in our lovely designer homes now."

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Zedbox, a new studio-style, pre-fabricated living space, will make a cool man cave, guest house, AirBnb rental or personal studio for Millennials who can live at 'home' in their parents' backyard, but with added privacy and the feeling of having their own place. Although this offering is currently only available in the U.K. for preorder, we may start seeing similar housing options in other countries soon, especially since more Millennials are opting to stay in their parents' 'nest' longer. 

To put things in perspective, in just the U.K. alone, 3.3 million young adults ages 20-34, which translates to 25% of this age segment, are still living with their parents since they can't afford to go off on their own. In the U.S., as of 2014, 32% of Millennials still lived at home. Since sharing the call for preorders on LinkedIn, Zedbox's founder has received over 20,000 likes (and counting), so there is definitely legitimate interest for this type of alternative housing option.
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LEED Was a Huge 10 Years Ago, but Here Are the Four Problems With It

LEED Was a Huge 10 Years Ago, but Here Are the Four Problems With It | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
It’s been LEEDing the way in New York City, officially, for 10 years.
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According to industry experts, the four biggest problems with LEED are a limited and overly costly point-based system; lack of LEED police to enforce ongoing building efficiency; lack of emphasis on reducing greenhouse gases; and not accounting for alternative ways of saving energy, reducing water consumption and creating healthy indoor environments. 

So although achieving LEED, Energy Star, IREM Certified Sustainable Property, etc. are good starting points for property sustainability, landlords need to hold themselves accountable through ongoing operations monitoring and maintenance, with an emphasis on finding new ways to reduce their carbon footprint.
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New study show employees perform significantly better in healthy buildings

New study show employees perform significantly better in healthy buildings | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
According to a recent study, “The Impact of Green Buildings On Cognitive Function”, certified green buildings improve human health and cognitive abilities compared with similar buildings that are not certified.

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Nothing new here but confirmation that healthy buildings help productivity.
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Kate Lister's curator insight, October 21, 2016 2:58 PM

Though the study size was small (only 109 subjects), it's good to see some rigor around measuring the results of healthy buildings. 

 

 

Isomatech's curator insight, October 25, 2016 10:22 AM

Има ли още някои да се съмнява, че "походът" към превръщането на сградите предоставящи по-висок комфорт и здравословни условия същевременно с ефективно разходване на материали, ресурси и суровини при изграждането и функционирането им, всичко в светлината на повишена грижа и внимание към околна среда и климат, в норма е започнал и няма да спре. Бъдещето се определя от действията в настоящето и предвид информацията, с която разполагаме към момента. Предизвикателствата пред нас са подобряване условията на живот в урбанизираните територии, респективно в сградите, понижаване и премахване на негативния ефект на сградите върху природа и климат. Стандартизирането и прилагането на методи и практики за овладяването им е вече действащ подход. И няма как да не са търсени описаните резултати, дори от чисто прагматична гледна точка - все пак хора, които се чувстват добре и са здрави са далеч по-ефективни.

И нека напомним, че зелените покриви като отделен елемент на зелената архитектура, също въздействат силно благоприятно върху човешката психика и когниция, наред с другите ползи, които носят.

Така че, ако решите да добавите свежа частица, покривна градина към вашата сграда (независимо сертифицирана или не), Изоматех ще ви помогне в безпроблемното й изграждане.

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AASHE's 2016 Sustainable Campus Index | About | AASHE STARS

AASHE's 2016 Sustainable Campus Index | About | AASHE STARS | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to gauge relative progress toward sustainability.
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I love it when some universities lead by demonstrating what is possible.   See some leaders here.
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Partnership launched to unlock billions in energy savings

Partnership launched to unlock billions in energy savings | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

"A new partnership aims to overcome a lack of awareness and weak demand for energy-efficient spaces to help America’s commercial, retail, industrial and office buildings save billions in energy costs each year."

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The Landlord-Tenant Energy Partnership promotes collaboration between U.S. commercial real estate landlords and corporate tenants in order to reduce energy usage in leased spaces for the betterment of the environment. To help achieve this common goal, the program encourages transparency of tenant energy usage as well as sharing of best practices to increase energy efficiency.
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