How climate change creates a ‘new abnormal’ for the real estate market

A report from the San Francisco Federal Reserve underscores how climate shifts create big investment and economic risksBy Patrick Sisson  Oct 29, 2019. Property Lines is a column by Curbed senior reporter Patrick Sisson that spotlights real estate trends and hot housing markets across the country. Comments, tips, and suggestions on where Property Lines should head next are welcome at patrick@curbed.com. The publication …

Designing a Climate-Positive Future with Zero-Energy Districts

September 23, 2019  |  By Victor Olgyay RMI The environmental impact of buildings is clear. Over the last 30 years the green building industry has emerged in full regalia, with products, rating systems, building science, and architectural élan. Our design and technology have jumped from making buildings perform “better than code” to “zero-energy” or even “net-positive-energy” construction. Today’s high-performance buildings have a …

About 24 percent of employed people worked at least part of the time at home last year. 30 percent of home shoppers worked at home 1 to 4 days a week; 13 percent worked at home full time.

By Lisa Prevost, NYTimes, Sept. 20, 2019, How Telecommuting Has Changed Real Estate As wireless technology changes how and where people do their jobs, giving many the freedom to work remotely at least part of the time, so too is it changing their thinking about real estate. Remote workers still represent a minority of the work force. According to the Bureau of …

Why Building Owners Should Care About Increasing EV Adoption

Also: Seattle City Light: Transportation Electrification Strategy Report 2019  |  By Lynn Daniels and Brendan O’Donnell DOWNLOAD Shares Rocky Mountain Institute worked with Seattle City Light to develop the first comprehensive transportation electrification strategy for a municipal utility, looking across all market segments—personally owned vehicles, trucks, buses, and shared mobility. The market and policy landscape for transportation electrification is changing rapidly. Private developers …

What is equitable and cost-effective investment in transportation? How is that changing?

Moving forward, MassDOT plans to target certain bottlenecks while taking a more active role in managing how the roads operate, clearing crashes more quickly, and working to improve people’s travel options throughout the state. New construction and technological solutions will help, but the agency will also evaluate smart pricing strategies in the most congested areas. Rail, bus, and other commuter …

Governor Signs SB 1477: Delivers Clean Homes to Californians

NRDC, 3 Sept 2019 Merrian Borgeson Pierre Delforge Governor Jerry Brown today signed a law that will help deliver the next generation of clean and affordable homes. Senate Bill 1477 will deploy $50 million annually to empower Californians to reduce energy costs, improve air quality, and cut climate pollution. SB 1477, by Senator Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park), was supported by …

The air conditioning trap

Excerpt from The Guardian, Aug 29, 2019 by Stephen Buranyi air conditioners are almost uniquely power-hungry appliances: a small unit cooling a single room, on average, consumes more power than running four fridges, while a central unit cooling an average house uses more power than 15. “Last year in Beijing, during a heatwave, 50% of the power capacity was going …

Six Reasons Why Berkeley’s Ban on New Natural Gas Is a Great Idea

by Gideon Weissman, Monday, August 19, 2019 Natural GasElectrificationGlobal WarmingFrackingClean Energy Last month the city of Berkeley, California, banned natural gas infrastructure from new buildings.[1] The most obvious reason for the ordinance is enough to justify it on its own: Natural gas is a fossil fuel, and burning it contributes to global warming. But by getting off gas, Berkeley is doing a whole …

Developers Reduce Parking via Car Sharing

By Will Macht, Urban Land, August 19, 2019 Lincoln Ventures’ 2204 San Antonio is an 18-story student housing project one block from the University of Texas at Austin. University neighborhoods are prime locations for car sharing because of their density, limited parking, and younger demographic groups who seek a less car-centric lifestyle. (Lincoln Ventures) Increasingly, cities are using parking policies to …

What does a traffic jam in Atlanta have to do with segregation? Quite a lot.

By Kevin M. Kruse, NYTimes, Aug 14, 2019 Atlanta has some of the worst traffic in the United States. Drivers there average two hours each week mired in gridlock, hung up at countless spots, from the constantly clogged Georgia 400 to a complicated cluster of overpasses at Tom Moreland Interchange, better known as “Spaghetti Junction.” The Downtown Connector — a 12-to-14-lane …