Thursday, March 15, 2018

Green buildings provide $6 billion in benefits to health and climate, says Harvard study

Environmentally-friendly buildings provide $6 billion in benefits to health and climate, says a new Harvard study supported by United Technologies.
These previously undocumented benefits are in addition to $7.5 billion in energy savings, for a combined $13 billion in total benefits.

The public health benefits include fewer hospitalizations and reduced climate impacts. The study says this is possible – if they’re energy-efficient buildings.Experts at Harvard University examined a subset of green-certified buildings over a 16-year period in six countries: the US, China, India, Brazil, Germany and Turkey. Known as HEALTHfx, the study found nearly $6 billion in combined health and climate benefits.
In some countries, health and climate benefits far exceeded – in dollar amounts – energy savings. Globally, the studied green-certified projects saved billions of dollars in energy costs. Globally, 33,000 kilotons of CO2 were avoided, equivalent to 7.1 million fewer passenger cars on the road for one year. 
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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Boston’s building boom: New construction trends to watch

A growing and dynamic city like Boston needs ample housing construction to keep up with the constant stream of new residents. And while the demand for housing in the Boston area has been sky high, developers have to get creative and aggressive to meet the city’s needs due to its size and infrastructure. In July, Boston had the ninth-most cranes of any city in the country, and housing permits were up 12 percent in 2017 compared to the previous year, according to the Greater Boston Housing Report Card. The construction boom is not only adding much-needed housing stock to the area, but it’s transforming neighborhoods as well as the city’s skyline.

“Boston is in a growth cycle right now,” says David Goldman, principal with New Boston Ventures. “It’s a combination of the city really promoting development and housing and just Boston being a city where people want to live.”
New job opportunities and business growth have helped expand Boston’s population, as the five-county area surrounding the city has gained over 360,000 new residents since 2000. Employment and wage rates have also increased, but so has the number of homeowners paying more than 30 percent of their income on housing — 35.8 percent of area residents were considered “cost burdened” in 2015 compared to 26.7 percent in 2000, according to TBF. 
A sharp increase in housing demand exacerbated already-low inventory levels, driving up home prices in the metro area. Inventory woes continue to hamper sales and increase competition in the early part of this year. Politicians have taken to the issue, as Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh has pledged to build 53,000 new housing units by 2030 and others have announced measures to loosen inventory.
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Monday, March 12, 2018

Going up: Elevator technology is reaching new heights in skyscrapers across the globe

During the next two years alone, 187 skyscrapers are expected to pop up across the globe — each of which will rise 820 feet in the air. As developers look to build taller and taller, some elevator companies are exploring ways to revolutionize vertical travel.
A recent report by Bloomberg examined new technologies addressing speed, capacity and, in some cases, direction in skyscrapers of the future. In this video, The Real Deal looks at the go-to technology that’s being engineered by some of the world’s leading elevator firms.
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Friday, March 2, 2018

15 Hudson Yards tops out as megaproject preps for spring 2019 debut

Hudson Yards is on track to open next March

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The immigrant architects who built New York City

How immigrants shaped the city’s buildings and streetscape

Monday, February 26, 2018

Why SOM’s modernist Union Carbide building is worth saving

Renovation is always a better use of resources than demolition and replacement.


Friday, February 23, 2018

How bright are smart buildings?

While landlords like Rudin are implementing the tech, only about 20 percent of NYC office properties are built to sustain it.
By Konrad Putzier | February 22, 2018 02:50PM
Every time a tenant enters or exits a Rudin Management-owned property, the building notices. A sensor in a turnstile near the entrance sends a signal to the property’s operating system, dubbed Nantum. The system can sense sudden shifts in occupancy and quickly adjust its heating and air-conditioning depending on the season.

Rudin launched the independent tech startup Prescriptive Data — Nantum’s creator — in June 2016. The Manhattan-based company supplies Rudin’s buildings as well as properties owned by six other landlords with its technology. (A representative for Rudin declined to name the other landlords.)

The startup seems to be at the forefront of the smart building revolution underway in commercial real estate, including rental apartments.
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