Sustainability

Report Highlights Need for Better Understanding of Investment Risk Assessment in Age of Climate Change

A new report from ULI and Heitman, a global real estate investment management firm, points to the pressing need for greater understanding throughout the industry of the investment risks posed by the impacts of climate change. Climate Risk and Real Estate Investment Decision-Making explores current methods for assessing and mitigating climate risk in real estate, including physical risks such as catastrophes and transitional risks such as regulatory changes, availability of resources, and attractiveness of locations.

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Creating More Opportunities for Walkable Developments in Fast-Growing Dallas/Fort Worth

Dallas/Fort Worth has the best outlook of any U.S. real estate market, according to Emerging Trends in Real Estate® 2019, published jointly by ULI and PwC. However, the region is near the bottom of the pack among similar-sized metro areas for walkable urban development. Researchers spoke at a ULI North Texas event about the opportunities in changing that dynamic.

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A Policy Context for Addressing the U.S. Affordable Housing Crisis

A shortage of affordable housing is only one component of a broader community development crisis.

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Updating Floodplains to Reflect Heavier Recent Rainfall in Texas

A new definition of what constitutes a 100-year flood promises to alter how commercial and residential properties in Austin are built and protected, panelists said at a ULI Austin event in December. This effort arose from new data indicating that major storms in Texas dump more rain than had been previously estimated, with more than 2,000 buildings being added to the designated floodplain.

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Recent Articles

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

    December 5, 2018

    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.

  • A Mass Timber Tower Rises in Portland

    November 19, 2018

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

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

    November 15, 2018

    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.

  • Sustainability in the Age of Big Data

    October 29, 2018

    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.

  • 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.

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