Monthly Archives: June 2007

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REITs Going Greener, Consumers Priced Out of Green Products, Greener Hotels, and Eco-friendly Home Costing (WIR)

Real estate industry quietly embracing green development, with 41% of U.S. REITs actively pursuing energy efficiency and green building upgrades.  Business leaders aver that even though companies are greening products of all kinds, buyers are unwilling to pay a green premium (ed. note = consumers probably think the premium is unjustifiably exorbitant, […]

By |June 30th, 2007|Hotel, News, Week in Review|0 Comments

Group 41, "CONTAIN Your Enthusiasm"

It’s been a long time since I’ve written about container architecture, but there’s a good reason to do it today because I’ve received a tip on Joel Karr and Group 41.  This San Francisco-based architecture firm is issuing a innovative project challenge.  Here’s how it works:

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Ramifications: GE Real Estate Moving to New, Potentially LEED-CI Headquarters

You may not think this news is all that sexy, but it’s a pretty big deal.  GE Real Estate is an enormous source of capital funding for commercial properties.  To get an idea of what we’re talking about, here are the figures:  their portfolio is weighted heavier in equity investments at 54% […]

By |June 28th, 2007|LEED, News|1 Comment

Armstrong's HQ Receives LEED-EB Platinum Award

  Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (NYSE: AWI) is based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and operates in the business of designing and manufacturing floors, ceilings, and cabinets.  Their current headquarters was built in 1998 and is now part of an elite group of buildings to obtain the LEED Platinum certification for existing […]

By |June 27th, 2007|Corporate, Energy Efficiency, LEED, Water Efficiency|0 Comments

Top 3 Ways to Green a Property's Energy Mix

With all this discussion about the Senate Energy bill and renewable energy, I thought it was time to kick in and enunciate the ways property owners can elect to greenify, greenize, or make clean by going green, their property’s energy mix.  Generally speaking, there’s wind, solar, biomass, small hydro, and geothermal–all of […]

By |June 26th, 2007|Conservation, Energy Efficiency, News, Solar, Wind|0 Comments

The Science Barge by New York Sun Works

This is unusual, but incredible, in a weird way.  The Science Barge is a sustainable urban farm powered by solar, wind, and biofuels, and irrigated by rainwater and purified river water.  It’s a mobile illustration of growing food in the city with no pollution or carbon emissions.  Check the solar panels and […]

By |June 25th, 2007|Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Nature, Solar, Wind|0 Comments