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  • 07-27-20

    Using Data to Drive Modernization for Next-Level Portfolio and Asset Resilience in Commercial Real Estate

    Many owners have already picked off the low-hanging fruit of installing LEDs, and upgrading equipment where budgets allow. Modernization—and specifically, the ability to leverage tools to take a deeper, more granular dive and capture more operational data—is allowing owners to identify hidden inefficiencies, reduce energy use, and boost net operating income.

  • 07-06-20

    Four Approaches to Reducing the Urban Heat Island Effect

    Extreme heat is the number-one weather-related cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and extreme heat can also harm infrastructure as well as the overall economy. What if it were possible to make cities cooler—that is, actually lower urban temperatures to improve the quality of life—with more-resilient development?

  • June

  • 06-29-20

    The New, Old Real Estate: Capturing Value, Sustainability, and Community Impact by Repositioning Older Buildings

    In a recent ULI webinar, four experts in design, development, and sustainability explored the opportunities and challenges inherent in repositioning buildings.

  • 06-29-20

    ULI Terwilliger Center Releases Pilot Home Attainability Index

    The ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing has created a Home Attainability Index, designed to support ULI district councils, local municipalities, and members of the development community who are working to address longstanding challenges related to home affordability. Attainable housing and income segregation remain major challenges for families and communities across the United States.

  • 06-23-20

    Rethinking Resilient Cities around the Globe

    Recently, ULI Europe conducted a webinar to discuss how city resilience should be redefined around the world in light of the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to the rising tides threatening coastal cities, touching on research that ULI is contributing to on how five cities around the world are preparing for sea rise and other climate change impacts.

  • 06-18-20

    Compounding Challenges: Communities Planning for Extreme Weather Events and COVID-19

    ULI’s Urban Resilience team interviewed several public leaders in June to identify how U.S. cities are preparing for natural disasters during the COVID-19 pandemic. A key focus was how cities are providing resources to their most vulnerable residents, who are most at risk for both COVID-19 and climate emergencies.

  • 06-15-20

    Preparing for the “Big One”: Community Earthquake Resilience in Utah and Beyond

    The Salt Lake City area experienced a magnitude 5.7 earthquake in March just days after national and state public emergencies were declared in response to the coronavirus pandemic; Los Angeles also experienced a similar-sized earthquake in June. To help municipalities in the Salt Lake City region create a more resilient and equitable disaster response to this and future earthquakes, ULI Utah—with the support of the Institute’s Urban Resilience Program—brought in local and national experts for a webinar on how Utah and other seismically vulnerable places can start preparing today for the “Big One” that could arrive any day.

  • 06-12-20

    Real Estate Community’s Role in Pushing Cities Forward on Climate Policy Despite COVID-19

    More than 70 cities worldwide have pledged carbon neutrality by 2050, with a wide range of policies addressing energy use and emissions in buildings under consideration. Even as COVID-19 upends daily life and business, communities including Columbus, Ohio, and St. Louis are passing new climate policies.

  • 06-08-20

    Tenants and Investors Will Be Looking for Healthy Buildings

    How will we know what qualifies as an objectively healthy building? How will we analyze investing in resilience for public health with the same rigor we apply to investing in resilience against fires or earthquakes? And how will this new awareness in the public realm influence the real estate industry in the future?

  • May

  • 05-29-20

    Containing Cost While Lowering Emissions in Design and Construction

    Leading development and construction companies participating in a ULI webinar showcased how innovation in design and construction is reducing environmental impact, with significant savings that can offset any added cost.