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New Tool Helps Assess the True Value of Deep Energy Retrofits

May 31, 2015 by GBIG Insight

Why deep retrofit matters

Historically, investment in deep energy retrofits has been limited in large part by an insufficiently compelling business case. This new practice guide for real estate investors will help them capture all value beyond energy cost savings resulting from the execution of a deep retrofit project, and address the failure of the market to fully recognize this value.[read more]


67 Examples of Cities Showcasing Energy Efficient Building Policies

April 7, 2015 by David Thorpe

Tthe first hospital in the world to earn Platinum certification under the LEED for New Construction rating system. Photo courtsey of McConnell Photography

Approximately 74% of 67 cities examined in a report published last week are implementing incentives for a greener built environment, 61% have enacted green building policies for municipal buildings and 49% are pursuing sustainable community policies.[read more]

Retrofitting Suburbia: It's All About Context and Scale

December 9, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Suburban Sprawl and Context

As more sprawled-out suburban and rural communities attempt to turn abandoned, outdated shopping malls into walkable downtown destinations, the chances of things going wrong seem to rise. Developers may fail to understand context and the appropriate scale needed for a new mixed-use development.[read more]

The Economic and Educational Value of Retrofitting Schools

May 18, 2013 by This Big City

retrofitting old schools

With the potential to reduce carbon consumption by more than 50%, and make £120,000 a year, retrofitting its school is an investment that Impington Village College, near Cambridge in England, can’t afford not to make.[read more]

Retrofitting existing buildings is taking off

March 15, 2012 by Doug Gatlin

It’s a great time to be an existing building. First: President Obama released last year’s Better Buildings Initiative, focusing financing opportunities on commercial retrofits. Then: USGBC reported that LEED for Existing Buildings project square footage surpassed new construction projects. Now: A new report has concluded that...[read more]

The green dividend from reusing older buildings

January 24, 2012 by Kaid Benfield

We already know that, in many cases, retaining older buildings - especially those of architectural or historic character - can strengthen the enduring legacy and enjoyment of a community. But is it good for the environment?[read more]

Texas-Based Company to Retrofit First New York Skyscraper

January 23, 2012 by Stephen Del Percio

In cooperation with its joint venture partner Mitsui & Company, Transcend Equity Development Corporation out of Dallas will perform a free $1.4 million energy-efficient retrofit at 125 Maiden Lane, a 17-story, 340,000-square-foot office condominium in the Financial District that is sponsored by Time Equities, Inc. The project is...[read more]

Shifting Urban Development towards VillageTowns?

October 28, 2010 by Polis International

Claude Lewenz has dedicated much of his life to developing the concept of VillageTowns, an alternative approach to urban sprawl departing from questions such as why and how we do and should build communities. The suburban and vehicle-dependent growth model that emerged in the US after World War II has run rampant and obviously resulted...[read more]