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Denver Green Roof Initiative Passed by Denver Voters

By a narrow margin, on Nov. 7, 2017, Denver voters approved a Citizen Ballot Initiative (“Initiative”) that mandates green roofs on all new buildings with over 25,000 square feet of floor area. The Initiative also requires...more

Sustainable Development Update - November 2017

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New study finds buildings with poor energy efficiency default at higher rate - Urban Land - Oct 23 A recent study has added a new value proposition for energy efficiency in commercial buildings: efficient buildings are...more

Sustainable Development Update - October 2017

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Sustainable Development Focus - Green building rapidly becoming established part of home construction Proud Green Building - Sep 28 - Green construction is rapidly gaining traction among both single family and...more

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy: 2017 State Scorecard (Including Arkansas)

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (“ACEEE”) has released the 2017 version of its “State Energy Efficiency Scorecard” (“Scorecard”). With a total of 14.5 out of a maximum available of 50 points, Arkansas...more

Limiting water depletion in water stressed South Africa through sustainable construction activities

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The South African construction industry is known to be a major consumer of non-renewable resources. Naturally, this contributes to waste generation, air pollution, water deletion and landfill. One such example is the...more

Sustainable Development Update - September 2017

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Sustainable Development Focus - D.C. named world's first LEED Platinum city - WAMU - Aug 31 - The U.S. Green Building Council named Washington, D.C. the world's first LEED Platinum city last week, a...more

Sustainable Development Update - August 2017

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Sustainable Development Focus - As renewable energy gains traction, seeing a bright future for on-site energy storage - Urban Land - Jul 31 - Commercial property owners are rethinking their skepticism toward...more

Sustainable Development Update - July 2017 #4

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Sustainable Development Focus - Commercial office space green building on rise - Proud Green Building - Jul 21 - Green building in commercial office space continues to grow, according to a new CBRE study. The...more

Sustainable Development Update - July 2017 #3

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Sustainable Development Focus - Shading and lighting retrofits slash energy use in office demonstration - Phys.org - Jul 11 - By using advanced lighting and automated shades, scientists from the Department of...more

Sustainable Development Update - July 2017 #2

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Sustainable Development Focus - Chicago grabs lead in green office buildings, study shows - Bloomberg - Jul 6 - Chicago now has the highest percentage of certified LEED or Energy Star office buildings, 66...more

Sustainable Development Update - July 2017

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Sustainable Development Focus - Sustainable design of communities dramatically reduces waste - Scientific American - Jun 26 - In the past decade, the construction and retrofitting of individual homes to reduce...more

Sustainable Development Update - June 2017 #2

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Sustainable Development Focus - Green building in U.S. luxury developments continues to flourish - Mansion Global - May 29 - In recent years, luxury real estate developers and architects in the U.S. have been...more

Sustainable Development Update - May 2017 #4

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Sustainable Development Focus - Better Buildings Challenge partners save $1.9 billion - Proud Green Building - May 16 - According to a new report, some 345 leading public and private sector organizations in the...more

Sustainable Development Update - May 2017 #2

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Sustainable Development Focus - How green infrastructure manages stormwater, enhances property values - Urban Land - May 3 - The growing involvement of the real estate industry in helping municipalities manage...more

Sustainable Development Update - May 2017

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Sustainable Development Focus - How green is your city? Here's how its building practices compare to other U.S. real estate hubs - Orlando Business Journal - May 1 - The U.S. saw more than 3,400 properties win...more

Sustainable Development Update - April 2017 #4

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Sustainable Development Focus - Closing the gap - Commercial Property Executive - Apr 20 - Green building continues its frenetic pace globally, and the numbers are staggering. Each day, 2.2 million square feet...more

Sustainable Development Update - April 2017 #2

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Sustainable Development Focus - Renewables and efficiency are eating away at America’s fossil fuel demand - Greentech Media - Apr 10 - America's energy transition is no longer theoretical. Wind and solar are...more

Sustainable Development Update - March 2017 #4

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Sustainable Development Focus - Trump wants to cut programs that help buildings save energy. This new study says they work. Washington Post - Mar 27 New research suggests that programs for improving energy...more

Sustainable Development Update - March 2017 #3

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Sustainable Development Focus - When it rains, Los Angeles sends billions of gallons of 'free liquid gold' down the drain - Los Angeles Times - Mar 8 - As the Los Angeles region strives to cut its...more

Sustainable Development Update - February 2017 #3

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Sustainable Development Focus - Developers find benefits to building sustainable - Bisnow - Feb 15 - Boston Properties vice president of engineering Danny Murtagh said the biggest trends in sustainable...more

Portman-Shaheen Energy Efficiency Bill Reintroduced in Senate

As the 115th Congress gets underway, Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) have reintroduced the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, better known as Portman-Shaheen. The bill is cosponsored by...more

Sustainable Development Update - February 2017

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Sustainable Development Focus - Why build green? Lowered operational costs, increased staff productivity, and higher asset values - Environmental Leader - Feb 2 - Green building continues to play a...more

Sustainable Development Update - January 2017 #5

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Sustainable Development Focus - California ranks fifth in the nation for LEED certifications in 2016 - Construction & Demolition Recycling - Jan 25 - The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its...more

Lenders Need to Understand Green Building Risks

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During the recession, one of our developer clients advised us that he was fending off foreclosure on his high-rise by using the bank’s failure to include the source of the building’s air conditioning in its lien. The...more

Sustainable Development Update - January 2017 #2

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Sustainable Development Focus - Exponential growth in net zero energy buildings predicted for the next two decades - Building Design + Construction - Jan 5 - The global market for products and services...more

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