We’re pleased to announce the release of our first quarter 2012 Green Real Estate Report, which reviews a number of key green real estate topics in detail – including legal issues – in order to help industry leaders draw deeper conclusions about the overall state of green real estate.
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The Empire State Building’s green retrofit was the “key thing” in convincing LinkedIn executives to sign a 7-year, 31,000-square-foot lease for the iconic skyscrapers entire 25th floor.
Designed by Kevin Kennon and dubbed Tian Fang, the 45-story building in Tianjin, China will incorporate biophilic design techniques to mimic the form and growth of a bamboo forest.
USGBC has announced that Southampton’s HGA House has been certified LEED Platinum by copping 104 total points under the LEED for Homes system.
Submetering and smart meters are very good ideas, and ones whose potential takes the implicit promise of much that we write about here at gbNYC and make it explicit. That is, the idea of arming people with valuable information and incentives for smarter behavior could condition positive change in both our built environment and how we live in it. In time, submetered energy will probably replace old-style flat-rate pricing just as thoroughly and just as deservingly as broadband internet is replacing dial-up. The problem is that no one has successfully explained this stuff to consumers, and that it’s work — making changes in one’s behavior, reading a complicated energy bill, actually turning on one’s brain and responding to market incentives — and that humans by their nature kind of abhor that sort of thing.
Before we get rolling in 2009, let’s take a look at the five most important green building stories that we presented in one manner or another here at gbNYC during the course of 2008.