Big Data, Big Opportunity: Finding Sustainability within the Numbers

There is no perfect science to investing in real estate. Whether pursuing a particular niche strategy for your portfolio or purchasing based on anticipated market fluctuations, the end goal is usually to increase the overall value. And while many investors look solely to raise the value through more purchases, one of the best alternatives might already exist in your portfolio. Consider [...]

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Environmentally Friendly Portland Pearl District Hotel Leads by Example

Any guest of Residence Inn knows that humans are doers. We’re constantly building, tinkering, changing. We alter our environment with greater impact than any other species on the planet — it’s what makes us great, but it can also put us at risk if handled irresponsibly. Executing these changes to our natural environment with care is what LEED — Leadership [...]

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Howard Hughes Corp. Lands $600M for Nation’s Largest LEED-ND Platinum Project

Blackstone knows a good a project when it sees one. It doesn’t get much better than The Howard Hughes Corp.’s (HHC) Ward Village, a mixed-use master-planned community that will rise on 60 acres situated directly between downtown Honolulu and Waikiki on Oahu. HHC announced this morning that it had secured a $600 million non-recourse construction loan from Blackstone Real Estate [...]

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The Role of Data in Today’s Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Programs

Last month I had the opportunity to attend aSustainability Practice Network discussion at Baruch College here in New York. The topic,Under the Hood: Corporate Sustainability 2014 was a broad-based discussion of Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) programs including their development, implementation and the data that is derived from them. As someone still learning the intricacies of ESG, it was reassuring to note [...]

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Have Green Building Standards Grown too Cumbersome?

Thanks partly to LEED and Energy Star requirements, green building in the US continues to grow. According to the 2014 US Clean Tech Leadership Index, which ranks states and metro areas on their clean-tech activities in four sectors, the top 10 US metro areas for green building are: – See more at: http://sourceable.net/green-building-standards-grown-cumbersome/#sthash.xh7SXe5b.dpuf

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Panasonic Headquarters Becomes First Newly Built Office Tower in Newark, NJ to Earn Both Platinum and Gold LEED Certifications

Panasonic Corporation of North America announced that its headquarters at Two Riverfront Plaza, a state-of-the-art, 340,000-square-foot, 12-story Class A office tower, has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for Commercial Interiors. Earlier this year, the building earned LEED Gold Certification for its Core and Shell architecture. Panasonic’s headquarters [...]

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Panasonic Headquarters First NJ Building to Earn LEED Platinum and Gold Certifications

Panasonic Corporation of North America’sheadquarters at Two Riverfront Plaza, a state-of-the-art, 340,000-square-foot, 12-story Class A office tower, has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for Commercial Interiors. Earlier this year, the building earned LEED Gold Certification for its Core and Shell architecture. Panasonic’s headquarters is the first newly built [...]

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Alliance Apartment Property in Arizona Wins LEED Platinum

Broadstone Lincoln, a 264-unit multifamily development in Scottsdale, has won LEED-H Platinum certification. The property, at 7100 E. Lincoln Dr., is the second one nationwide by developer Alliance to earn that designation, which applies to single-family homes, low-rise multifamily (one to three stories), and mid-rise multifamily (four to six stories). The developer implemented a wide range of building features to [...]

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