Sustainability

ULI Releases Two New Reports on Best Practices for Integrating Health and Housing

ULI has released two new reports related to building for health and wellness—one offering lessons for development of healthy affordable housing for the broader marketplace, and the other for development of agrihoods, single-family, multifamily, or mixed-use communities built with a working farm or community garden as a focus. Together, the reports illustrate opportunities for developers to create financially successful projects that improve resident and community health and promote social equity and sustainability.

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A Mass Timber Tower Rises in Portland

A novel condo development incorporates fully robotic parking and direct access to high-end units.

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From Active Transportation to Assessed Value: Lessons from ULI’s Small-Scale Development Forum

Indianapolis has been leveraging active-transportation investments—primarily walking and biking—for both placemaking purposes and enhancing real estate values. Providing some inspirational examples for small-scale developers working in urban areas, the city’s story includes a collaborative spirit among the private, public, and philanthropic sectors; development enhanced by miles of trails; and soon, the construction of a bus rapid transit system. Drawing on those themes, ULI’s 13th Small-Scale Development Forum included panel discussions and project tours of Indianapolis and its northern suburb of Carmel.

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Sustainability in the Age of Big Data

Armed with a healthy sense of skepticism, ULI Greenprint members are evaluating a range of tech-based approaches to augment savings already achieved through Greenprint’s shared-data benchmarking.

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Recent Articles

  • ULI’s Greenprint Report Shows Progress in Real Estate Industry in Reducing Emissions, Water Waste

    October 18, 2018

    A new report from ULI’s Greenprint Center for Building Performance shows that the commercial real estate industry is making significant progress in reducing energy consumption, carbon emissions, water use, and waste disposal. Volume 9 of the Greenprint Performance Report™, which tracks, benchmarks, and analyzes the performance of nearly 8,000 properties globally owned by Greenprint’s members, demonstrates a 3.3 percent reduction in energy consumption, a 3.4 percent reduction in carbon emissions, and a 2.9 percent reduction in water use between 2016 and 2017.

  • ULI Member Perspective: Buffalo Bayou and Resilience in Houston (Video)

    October 12, 2018

    How can a park protect a city from extreme flooding? Houston’s 160-acre (65 ha) Buffalo Bayou Park demonstrated resilience during Hurricane Harvey, surviving the storm with minimal damage and providing critical green infrastructure to the city during the peak event. In this video, learn about the park’s design and development firsthand from members of ULI’s Houston district council.

  • Rising Sea Levels Pose Risk to Institutional Real Estate Investment

    September 18, 2018

    Some $360 billion of U.S. institutional real estate is in the top 20 percent of locations vulnerable to sea-level rise. Given significant portfolio allocations to gateway markets, institutional real estate portfolios have considerable exposure to climate change. This raises the question as to whether investors have factored in the challenge of rising sea levels alongside the perceived positives of gateway markets.

  • Healthier Office Space Paying Dividends in Boston

    September 14, 2018

    One of the most difficult challenges for those seeking to adopt emerging technologies in commercial real estate is justifying the cost of implementing such measures. A recent ULI event in Boston highlighted the benefits of the evolving standards on health and wellness by five industry practitioners.

  • Helping Pollinators Thrive in a Greener Urban Ecosystem

    August 27, 2018

    Many vibrant urban green spaces, particularly plants with flower or fruit, can’t survive without pollinators. The Best Bees Company, based in Boston, is looking to help property owners find space to help create sustainable ecosystems for green roofs, street trees, and other urban greenery.

  • New Energy Star Metrics Likely to Lower Buildings’ Scores

    August 20, 2018

    New Energy Star building performance metrics being applied on August 27 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could lower the score of almost every building participating in the program, which encompasses over half of commercial real estate building floor space in the United States. This will cause some to fall below the 75-point level needed to achieve certification through the program.

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