Emerging Best Practices for More Resilient Communities

“The hard truth is that we really have to rebuild and build new with the expectation of likely extreme weather in the future,” said Harriet Tregoning, principal deputy assistant secretary, Office of Community Planning and Development Resilience at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, speaking as a panelist at ULI’s Housing Opportunity 2015 conference in Minneapolis.

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Views on the Passive House Standard from Two Continents

The Passive House standard created by Passivhaus Institut of Germany is the latest, toughest standard in sustainable design. Owners and developers around the world have certified Passive House buildings, including U.K. property giant Grosvenor. In the United States, developers are now building hundreds of new units of housing to meet the Passive House standards in states like New York and Pennsylvania.

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Video: Can Redesigned Corner Stores Make Us Crave Healthier Foods

Healthy Retail SF is a program designed to help retailers in high-poverty neighborhoods in the Bay Area transform their markets into places that offer a variety of affordable and healthy food options.

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Understanding the Role of Health Impact Assessments

Health is emerging as a significant aspect of this Real estate developers’ work. Projects that advance health may also have a market advantage, and one method of determining health impacts is by conducting a health impact assessment (HIA).

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Recent Articles

  • In Print: Public Produce: Cultivating Our Parks, Plazas, and Streets for Healthier Cities

    July 13, 2015

    This brief tome, a revised edition of a book by the same title published in 2009, trumpets the cause of edible cities with new examples of the growing international movement bent on ensuring the basic human right to a healthy daily diet, while also returning to food sources that are both local and affordable.

  • ULI Report Looks at Sea-Level Rise in the Bay Area

    July 6, 2015

    ULI San Francisco has released a report titled Tackling Sea-Level Rise: Best Practices in the San Francisco Bay Area based on a yearlong research effort. The report aims to help Bay Area governments, developers, landowners, and others to plan appropriately for sea-level rise, which the Bay Conservation and Development Commission estimates could inundate potentially 280 square miles (725 sq km) of property by 2050.

  • ULI Europe Report Makes Case for Investing in Density

    June 26, 2015

    Embracing “good” density should be a priority for cities, according to Density: Drivers, Dividends, and Debates, a new ULI report. Written by Greg Clark, ULI Europe senior fellow, and Emily Moir, director of the Business of Cities Ltd., the report argues that well-managed and well-serviced densification is the best strategy for contending with growing populations in cities.

  • Better Data Collection–through Light Fixtures

    On top of offering energy-efficient lighting, LED systems can collect and transmit data on their environment-and the people in it.

  • Importing More Energy-Efficient Techniques

    June 22, 2015

    As tougher energy efficiency standards become the norm for new buildings, older buildings will be expected to keep up, said panelists at the ULI Asia Pacific Summit in Tokyo.

  • Video: Designing for Social Impact

    In a talk for TedXMidAtlantic, a local version of the nonprofit TED Talks, Liz Ogbu explains why she sees herself as an architect that designs for social impact, not buildings. Ogbu is an expert on sustainable design and spatial innovation in challenged urban environments and will be one of the keynote speakers at this year’s Housing Opportunity conference.

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