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Green Home

Choosing Green Building Over Traditional Construction Methods

Are you getting ready to embark on new home construction? Or maybe you’re going to be expanding your existing property with a new addition. One thing to consider is how green your new building space is going to be. With new advanced technology, utilizing green construction practices can help you live a cleaner, greener lifestyle. Here are just a few reasons as to why you might want to choose these building practices over traditional construction methods.
GTM Research SEIA U.S. Solar Market

U.S. Solar Market Notches Another Quarter of 2 GW Growth, But Uncertainty Holds Back...

The U.S. installed more than 2 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaics (PV) in the third quarter of 2017, despite experiencing higher prices across all market segments and major policy uncertainty. In their latest U.S. Solar Market Insight report, GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) said prices rose due to a tight global supply of modules and

New Guide for Planning, Designing and Implementing Green Infrastructure in Parks, Now Available

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is proud to announce the release of A Resource Guide for Planning, Designing and Implementing Green Infrastructure in Parks. The new guide, which draws on lessons learned from the Great Urban Parks Campaign pilot projects, was created in partnership with the American Planning Association and Low Impact Development Center.
USDA

USDA Helps Rural Communities Restore Water Systems Damaged by Disasters

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the award of two grants to help rural water and sewer utilities recover from recent and future natural disasters. “USDA is a strong partner in the long-term recovery of rural communities after a season of devastating hurricanes,” Perdue said.
NREL Develops Switchable Solar Window

NREL Develops Switchable Solar Window

Demonstration device dynamically responds to sunlight by transforming from transparent to tinted while converting sunlight into electricity. Thermochromic windows capable of converting sunlight into electricity at a high efficiency have been developed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Global Green Grades States for Green Building Practices in Low Income Housing, 29% of...

The annual QAP Analysis Report has been released, grading each state’s 2017 Qualified Allocation Plans as a part of Global Green’s initiative to improve the environment and health aspects of publicly subsidized housing. This year, Global Green also included the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and American Samoa in their analysis.
Appraisal Institute

Appraisal Institute Unveils ‘Green’ Commercial Valuation Course

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, premiered a two-day educational course on valuation of green commercial properties last week in Nashville, Tennessee
Mayor Muriel Bowser

Mayor Bowser Joins DC Water to Kick Off DC Green Infrastructure Project

On Monday, October 23, at 10 am, Mayor Muriel Bowser will be joined by Administration and local officials to highlight the progress of DC Clean Rivers Project, a DC Water program to prevent stormwater and reduce combined sewage from overflowing into Rock Creek Park and the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers. Located at a major green infrastructure site in the Brightwood community in Ward 4, Mayor Bowser will tour the construction of the permeable pavement, disconnected downspouts, and rain gardens for bio-retention

Enhancements to Green Lease Leaders Raise the Building Efficiency Bar

Green Lease Leaders introduces new recognition criteria, website, and helpful resources to better shine a spotlight on innovative landlords and tenants who incorporate efficiency and sustainability into their leases and corporate best practices.
USGBC

GBCI Announces 2017 LEED Fellows

Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI) has announced its 2017 class of LEED Fellows, an annual recognition of outstanding LEED professionals. This year’s 23 LEED Fellows exemplify a diverse array of achievements and contributions to the green building community and LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the world’s most widely used green building rating system.
McCormick Construction

McCormick Construction Announces Groundbreaking of Evolution Warner Center Multifamily Development

McCormick Construction, in conjunction with developer, Evolution Strategic Partners, has announced the groundbreaking of Evolution Warner Center, a 277-unit luxury residential multifamily development. The 426,000-square-foot, transit-oriented development is located at 6606 N. Variel Ave. in the heart of the Warner Center neighborhood. Construction cost is estimated at nearly $60 million.
SEIA

Trade Case Petitioners Brought Collapse of Businesses on Themselves

Suniva and SolarWorld have failed to show that a rising level of imports caused them serious injury and left them unable to compete in the U.S. market, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and others stated in pre-hearing written arguments to the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).  If the ITC agrees with SEIA’s arguments, such a failure would result in an ITC finding of no injury, ending the case.
Appraisal Institute

Appraisal Institute Book Helps Value Green Commercial Real Estate

This new book is a valuable resource for those who want to keep up and stay ahead of the newest ideas and trends in commercial real estate, Appraisal Institute President Jim Amorin, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, wrote in the books foreword
EPA

EPA awards Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality $850k grant to protect water quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $849,601 to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) to help protect human health and the environment through a Nonpoint Source Program Clean Water Act Section 319 grant. This grant is given to states to implement environmental programs that address nonpoint source pollution in surface and ground water in order to meet and maintain water quality standards.
SEIA

Solar Industry Urges Nevada Governor to Sign Bill Supporting Solar Jobs and Homeowners in...

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) issued a statement on the Nevada Legislature’s passing of a bill that re-opens the residential solar market in the state, which had been all but frozen since a 2015 regulatory decision. The bill (AB 405) would reinstate the Net Energy Metering mechanism, but with a discounted rate for customer-generated power that is exported to the grid.

Business Real Estate Press Releases

Meridian Purchases 29,000 SF Parcel in Downtown Long Beach, CA to...

Meridian, a full-service commercial real estate developer based in California, is pleased to announce the purchase of three existing buildings on five parcels totaling 29,000 square feet of land located in Downtown Long Beach at 1078-1090 Atlantic Boulevard. Meridian paid $2.45 million for the property, which is located across the street from Dignity Health’s St. Mary’s Medical Center, a 389-bed, Level II Trauma Center. Meridian plans to spend approximately $3.1 million on the development of a new, single-story 9,200-square-foot ambulatory, out-patient clinic

Recent Gov & Nonprofit Real Estate Press Releases

USDOJ

Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General M. Kendall Day of the Criminal...

Chairman Crapo, ranking member Brown and members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to discuss our nation’s anti-money laundering laws, including the Bank Secrecy Act. The Department of Justice draws upon the resources and expertise of various components to combat money laundering, including the Criminal Division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery