CEO Perspective: Bouncing Forward after Katrina

August 29 marks the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina flooding New Orleans and devastating the Gulf Coast. From an urban development perspective, this is an anniversary that is best marked not by looking back at what was lost, but by looking at what has happened since.

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Better Approaches Needed for Rapid Rehousing after Disasters

As urbanization spreads, natural disasters are increasingly happening in urban areas. That means “the unit is not the household anymore,” said Mario Flores, director of disaster response field operations at Habitat for Humanity, speaking at a panel at the National Building Museum in D.C. “We need to look at the entire neighborhood, by block, by city.”

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Market Trends

Video: How San Francisco Is Striving for Zero Waste

Only one third of the waste in the United States is recycled or composted. Racing to Zero, a highlights some of the amazing solutions in San Francisco, which is successfully taking the necessary steps to reach zero waste by 2020.

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Industry Outlook for Sustainable Design

Members of ULI’s Sustainable Development Council discuss ideas for redesigning the urban realm in ways that consume fewer resources and reduce or reverse environmental impacts. New technologies include driverless vehicles, decentralized water systems, landscapes that filter water, and buildings that reduce urban air pollution.

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Recent Articles

  • Net Zero Becoming a Reality for New and Refurbished Housing

    August 3, 2015

    Experts at ULI’s recent Housing Opportunity 2015 conference in Minneapolis, however, say that today’s buildings are moving ever closer to net zero becoming a practical reality.

  • Premium Pricing for Healthier Amenities

    A focus on health and sustainability is a market differentiator, developers and financiers said at a recent ULI webinar during which they discussed their success with such an approach.

  • Emerging Best Practices for More Resilient Communities

    July 27, 2015

    “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 at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, speaking on a ULI panel.

  • Views on the Passive House Standard from Two Continents

    July 23, 2015

    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.

  • Video: Can Redesigned Corner Stores Make Us Crave Healthier Foods

    July 17, 2015

    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.

  • Understanding the Role of Health Impact Assessments

    July 14, 2015

    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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