Monthly Archives: September 2014

Addressing Rising Sea Levels in South Florida and the California Coast

The City of Hollywood, Florida, required the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort project to use materials that will break away in storms for any outdoor facilities that are within 45 feet (13.7 m) of the beach and to use native trees like the coco palm that can withstand severe winds. (Rendering Courtesy of Lojeta Group)

State and municipal governments are taking steps to ensure the safety of their coastal communities by implementing more stringent design and building standards for new construction and redevelopment projects. They also are beginning to replace old infrastructure with flexible systems that can adapt to future conditions. Evidence of climate change is already noticeable in low-lying areas of south Florida, notes John Englander, an oceanographer and author of High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis (Science Bookshelf, 2012). Higher monthly tides coincide with the moon’s … Read More

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Reducing Buildings’ Energy Consumption and Emissions

Greenprint Performance Report Volume 5

The latest report published by the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance demonstrates that some of the world’s leading real estate investors are making significant progress in reducing energy consumption, carbon emissions, and water usage in their existing buildings. The Greenprint Performance Report measures and tracks the performance of 4,001 buildings owned by Greenprint’s 34 members and affiliated partners, who constitute an alliance of the world’s leading real estate owners, investors, and financial institutions committed to improving environmental performance across the global property industry. Volume 5 of the report, which … Read More

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ULI Report Explores Resilient Housing and Extreme Weather

Housing in America

A new report from the Urban Land Institute explores the connection between strengthening the resilience of housing and communities to severe weather and building for health and wellness. Housing in America: Integrating Housing, Health, and Resilience in a Changing Environment points to the need for greater emphasis on community building—including housing—that is more adaptable to changing environmental conditions. The report lists five fundamentals that are key to development practices that improve both the health and resilience of communities, and it profiles the responses of communities in Kansas, California, and Iowa … Read More

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