San Francisco’s Benchmarking Shows Major Reduction in Energy Use by Buildings

Energy consumption by commercial properties in San Francisco has declined significantly since 2010 after the implementation of San Francisco’s Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance, according to a new report released by the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance.

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Real Returns for Investing in Resilience

As climate change poses greater financial risks to real estate in the form of near-term extreme weather events and longer-term impacts like sea-level rise, developers and owners are increasingly investing in new infrastructure and technologies, innovative design and construction methods, and other resilience strategies not only to protect their properties, but also to create value for their developments, according to Returns on Resilience: The Business Case, released by the Urban Land Institute.

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ULI Greenprint Center Building Performance Report Shows Reductions in Energy and Carbon Emissions

Over the past year, global real estate firms have reduced energy consumption in buildings by the equivalent of almost 280,000 barrels of oil and cut carbon emissions by the equivalent of removing 25,000 cars from the road, according to a new report, Greenprint Performance Report: Volume 6, released by the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance.

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Music fills the air in downtown Jackson, Tennessee, as residents turn out to hear local talent performing at the Amp, a popular outdoor venue. (U.S. EPA)

EPA Recognizes Three Communities for Smart Growth Achievement

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized projects in communities in New Jersey, Ohio, and Tennessee as winners of the 2015 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement.

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