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Report: Affordable housing doesn't lower the value of nearby homes

November 30, 2016 by Construction Dive

A recent study questions the notion that the presence of affordable housing lowers the value of a neighborhood’s homes.[read more]

Elon Musk: Tesla's solar shingles to cost less than comparable roofing materials

November 28, 2016 by Construction Dive

Tesla’s textured glass roofing shingles will cost less to make and install then comparable, high-end terra-cotta and slate roofs.[read more]

Comstock, Stratford Capital Group plan transit-oriented housing near DC

November 17, 2016 by Construction Dive

Dive Brief:Comstock Homes of Washington is teaming up with real estate investment company Stratford Capital Group on a transit-oriented, multifamily project located near a key Maryland suburban station in Washington, DC's Metro rail system.The proposed four-story building will contain 110 workforce-housing units atop two levels of...[read more]

Portland, OR voters green light $258M affordable housing measure

November 15, 2016 by Construction Dive

Dive Brief:Facing a shortage of more than 23,000 affordable housing units, voters in Portland, OR, have approved a $258.4 million bond (Measure 26-179) that will fund construction of 1,300 such units, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting. To help pay for the measure, property taxes will also increase 42 cents per $1,000 of assessed...[read more]

Urbanization in Nigeria: Planning for the Unplanned

November 11, 2016 by Ivan Bruce

The Oyo State government recently commissioned its first, city-wide masterplan to better enable Ibadan to respond to the needs of its citizens, and build long-term resilience to natural disasters.[read more]

Santa Monica, CA wants all new housing to be net-zero energy

November 3, 2016 by Construction Dive

Dive Brief:The Santa Monica, CA, City Council last week approved an ordinance requiring new single-family homes built in the city to be net-zero energy based on the standards set forth in the 2016 California Green Building Standards Code. The ordinance also requires multifamily buildings to use 10% less energy than the 2016 California...[read more]

Leasing begins for Perch Harlem apartment building — built to Passive House standards

October 24, 2016 by Construction Dive

Dive Brief:Perch Harlem, a seven-story, 34-unit multifamily building built to Passive House standards, is now leasing, according to Builder magazineLocated in the Harlem Heights neighborhood of Harlem, NY, the project includes units ranging from studios to three-bedroom apartments, with rents priced from the $2,600s. This is the...[read more]

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Low Impact Housing for Cities

October 21, 2016 by Sebastien Miller

Low Impact Development (LID) is commonly defined as: ‘Development which, by virtue of its low or benign environmental impact, may be allowed in locations where conventional development is not permitted’ (1).  More understandably, this means that LID housing is temporary in nature, made of natural / locally sourced materials, and is...[read more]

New “Safe Sleep Policy” Legalizes Homeless Camping in Portland, Oregon

October 14, 2016 by The Global Grid

Tents pitched along a Portland streetPortland’s homeless population has been on a steady increase the past several years, eventually forcing the city to declare a homeless emergency at the end of 2015. This gave the city power to waive land-use restrictions so they could convert existing buildings into emergency shelter space and start...[read more]

A sense of the temporary

September 20, 2016 by Robert Kwolek

There is a troubling, permanent sense of the temporary in London, something you can feel in neighborhoods across the social strata, from Hackney to Kensington. This is unhealthy both for the city and its individuals because it prevents residents from putting down roots, and feeling at "home" in their city. Regular readers know...[read more]

The Value of an Integrated Sustainability Strategy for Real Estate Companies and Funds

July 26, 2016 by GBIG Insight

The 2016 installment of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Building Summit was full of friends and leaders from across the real estate industry.I had the opportunity to participate in a session moderated by Dr. Jason Hartke (DOE), David deVos (Prudential Real Estate Investors) and Jennifer McConkey (Principal Real Estate...[read more]

The Changing Design of Urban Housing

July 24, 2016 by Klaus Philipsen

Last week I reviewed student projects at the local architecture department. One half of the projects dealt with a dis-invested community in Baltimore with most of the design task involving housing. The other half of the projects were part of a design competition in a community in Los Angeles around a museum and a community center. ...[read more]