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A Sustainable Floating House Concept

A Sustainable Floating House Concept | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

Designed by Singapore-based architect Dymitr Malcew, the sustainable floating house is the perfect way to get away from all the daily stresses one experiences living in an urban environment.

This house literally floats on the water, and thanks to the floor to ceiling windows adorning the dwelling, residents get to fully enjoy these 360-degree ocean views from sun up to sunset. The home was created for French firm H2ORIZON, and was constructed from sustainable materials.

The residence is spacious with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living room kitchen, and terrace. With the ability to gently float through the water, you’ll be able to enjoy everything nature has to offer without causing any disruption...


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It's beautiful but seems to belong more on a stable lake than an ocean or any place with severe weather issues.  

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France tops sustainable real estate ranking

France tops sustainable real estate ranking | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
UK also scores well in JLL environmental transparency ranking, listed alongside France, Australia and Japan in "highly transparent" tier ,Politics,Legislation ,Construction
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France has earned bragging rights as the most transparent country for environmental reporting according to JLL's 2016 environmental transparency index. Along with France, Australia, Japan and the U.K. rounded out the highly transparent top tier.
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Early progress on green initiatives across New York City: de Blasio

Early progress on green initiatives across New York City: de Blasio | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday early progress on green building programs in conjunction with the eighth annual Climate Week held in the city.
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Great to see NYC on track to hit its goals of reducing 2005 greenhouse gas emission levels by 30% by 2025 and 80% by 2050 ("80/50" goal). To help make this happen, NYC building operators have been receiving outstanding support from local green programs such as the NYC Retrofit Accelerator and Community Retrofit NYC; Green Housing Preservation Program; NYC Carbon Program; Solarize NYC; and Sustainability Boot Camp Training.
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U.S. Building Owners Will Help Drive the Construction Industry to Create Healthier Buildings

U.S. Building Owners Will Help Drive the Construction Industry to Create Healthier Buildings | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Building owners, developers, managers and investors in the U.S. are increasingly interested in creating healthier buildings, a new SmartMarket Report by Dodge Data & Analytics, in partnership with Delos, reveals.
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According to a recent study titled "The Drive Towards Healther Buildings 2016" by Dodge Data & Analytics in partnership with Delios and CBRE, commercial real estate building operators are becoming increasingly interested in green building features, especially as they pertain to indoor occupant health.

Top healthy building amenities include enhanced lighting/natural daylight exposure, climate controlled settings, social spaces, improved air quality and acoustical comfort.
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A 90 second lesson in how parking can kill cities

A 90 second lesson in how parking can kill cities | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
The City of Ottawa's cute and cogent explanation of why they wanted to lower their parking standards is relevant anywhere.
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worth watching - it is time to change parking requirements in all cities
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Why Sustainability is Important in CRE

Why Sustainability is Important in CRE | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Here is why sustainability in commercial real estate is very important.
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CPUC, Energy Commission, and NBI Announce Milestone Toward Achieving Statewide Zero Net Energy Goal - New Buildings Institute

The California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission, and the New Buildings Institute (NBI) today announced that California continues the march toward its zero net energy (ZNE) goals, with 108 new and renovated commercial buildings that have been either verified as generating as much energy as they consume or are working toward that target. California …
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This glass building's windows tint automatically based on the brightness of the sun

This glass building's windows tint automatically based on the brightness of the sun | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Located in West Philadelphia, the world's first LEED Platinum-certified office building will be high-tech and eco-friendly.
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University Place 3.0, a new 189,000-square-foot, LEED-platinum office building in Philadelphia, will feature light-adaptive windows, which use smart sensors to adjust tint based on the brightness of the sun. This concept is similar to how transition lenses work in eyeglasses.
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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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Luxembourg Stock Exchange launches first green securities platform

Luxembourg Stock Exchange launches first green securities platform | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
The Luxembourg Stock Exchange launched the Luxembourg Green Exchange, which it says is the first platform for green securities.
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Nice move towards more transparency for investors.  Now if we could only get transparency on energy efficiency for buildings in the US. 
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Living walls can play significant role in tackling toxic air hot spots in cities

Living walls can play significant role in tackling toxic air hot spots in cities | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Living walls can play significant role in tackling toxic air hot spots in cities - from Horticulture Week
Clarence | MSRE, LEED GA's insight:
According to a new study titled "Cities Alive", living walls, aka green envelopes or green façades, could help reduce air pollution by 10-20%, reduce traffic noises by up to 10 decibels, and reduce urban heat island (UHI) by up to 10 degrees C.  Armed with this new knowledge, urban planners, designers and engineers should consider incorporating living walls to help create healthier cities.
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A taste of tropical in Dubai as indoor rainforest opens | The National

A taste of tropical in Dubai as indoor rainforest opens | The National | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Porcupines, sloths, snakes, spiders and a huge array of exotic birds are just some of the species living within the confines of the Green Planet project in the city.
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Wendy's recognized by Energy Department for efficiency

Wendy's recognized by Energy Department for efficiency | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

"The Energy Department’s Better Buildings Challenge has recognized the Wendy’s Co. and its franchisee, Wendco Group, for leadership in energy efficiency, according to a release."

Clarence | MSRE, LEED GA's insight:
Great to see quick service restaurants (QSRs) like Wendy's taking measures to reduce the carbon footprint of its stores totaling 1.5 million square feet. It's a win-win for the environment and for the restaurant chain, which has committed to achieve 20% in energy savings over the next 10 years.
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Freddie Mac Joins Green Financing Movement

Freddie Mac Joins Green Financing Movement | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Freddie Mac has just released Multifamily Green Advantage a green financing offering that provides beneficial loan terms to borrowers who commit to assessing
Clarence | MSRE, LEED GA's insight:
Freddie Mac is now offering its Multifamily Green Advantage program, which allows borrowers discount loan pricing if they can meet certain criteria, including reducing energy or water consumption by at least 15%.  With this offering, Freddie Mac follows the footsteps of Fannie Mae and HUD by providing green financing programs for the multifamily market.
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Pilot program would turn California roads into sources of electricity

Pilot program would turn California roads into sources of electricity | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
California roadways will soon be sources of electricity, thanks to a new program that will start next year.
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Very cool idea to use roads to produce electricity and sell it.
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Why Green Building Is Flourishing

Why Green Building Is Flourishing | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
The facts about the expanding Green Building industry according to The US Green Building Council (USGBC).
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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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