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Housing & Development

Apartment Markets Retreat in the October NMHC Quarterly Survey

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Apartment markets softened across all four indexes in the October 2016 National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) Quarterly Survey of Apartment Market...
CEO Jonathan Reckford

Habitat for Humanity Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter advances inclusive housing markets worldwide

With 1.6 billion people in need of decent and affordable shelter, cities around the world are taking a closer look at their housing markets and the systems that support them.

Inland Empire Utilities Agency Launches Advanced Energy Storage System to take on Water-Energy Nexus

The Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) and Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) will host a dedication event for their landmark water-energy project on October 20 at 11:00 a.m. The project is the first-of-its-kind to integrate renewable resources and energy storage at a public water agency. The system uses Tesla battery technology to integrate solar, wind, biogas and grid resources in order to optimize renewable generation, reduce demand on the electric grid and lower energy costs.
Vancouver’s MNP Tower

Vancouver’s MNP Tower Wins NAIOP Award for Top Office Development

Oxford Properties, the real estate arm of OMERS, has been named recipient of the Project of the Year award by NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, for their MNP Tower in Vancouver as part of Oxford Place

Norton to Speak at United Way Resource Fair for D.C.’s Homeless Residents, Today

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will speak at the second annual “Project Homeless Connect,” a one-day resource fair, today, Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at 11:00 a.m., at Central Union Mission (65 Massachusetts Ave, NW). The event, presented by United Way of the National Capital Area, will provide on-site medical and dental care and access to housing, employment and other vital services to residents who are experiencing homelessness


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Census Bure. Privately owned housing units authorized by building permits in September were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,225,000.

IREC Partners with National Apartment Assn to Develop Micro-Credential

About two years ago, IREC began exploring micro-credentials as a means to supplement and, in some cases, provide an alternative to full-scope clean energy certification schemes. Through intensive discussion and research with stakeholders and credentialing partners since then, IREC has helped spur development of a blueprint for micro-credentialing that enables workers in clean energy and allied fields to validate competency in a specialty area

Six Common City-Level Energy Policies Could Reduce Nationwide Carbon Emissions by up to 480...

The Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently examined the carbon abatement potential of city actions in six policy areas as part of the DOE's Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) project. The analysis uses new data on energy use in more than 23,400 U.S. cities and estimates the aggregate impact of city actions related to: building energy codes, public transit, building energy incentives, rooftop photovoltaics, smart growth, and municipal actions
SEIA Releases

New Report Names Target the Top Corporate Solar Installer in the U.S.

Adding more solar this year than any other U.S. retailer, Target now has 147.5 megawatts (MW) of installed solar capacity. This is the first time Target has ranked No.1 in the report’s five-year history

Today’s Housing Market Fails to Fully Meet Needs of Extended Families, New CAP Report...

xtended families—households that include grandparents, grandchildren, cousins, siblings and other relatives living together—compromise 17 percent of households. Yet, today’s housing market does not meet the needs of these families, a new report released today by the Center for American Progress shows. CAP’s report highlights how existing housing stock is less suited to the realities of today’s modern households, particularly for the greater number of adults who live together as part of extended and multigenerational families.

NREL Announces Innovation Challenge Winner for Crowdsourced Residential Buildings Energy-Efficiency Ideas

The Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today announced the grand prize winner in the JUMP Smart Phone Call for Innovation. Industry partner CLEAResult provided a $3,000 prize and recognized the winner, selected by a panel of judges at the JUMP finals, during their Energy Forum in Austin, Texas, which was attended by more than 200 utility executives and industry representatives

Housing Starts Decline 9 Percent in September on Multifamily Weakness

A sharp decline in multifamily production brought overall nationwide housing starts down 9 percent in September, according to newly released data from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. However, both single-family production and overall permit issuance posted solid gains

Remodeling Market Optimism Strengthens in Third Quarter

The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) posted a reading of 57 in the third quarter of 2016, an increase of four points from the previous quarter and also a return to levels seen consistently throughout 2015

Administration More Interested in Destroying Dams than Generating Affordable Hydroelectricity

Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Sally Jewell urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve the destruction of four dams on the Klamath River in California and Oregon. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement

America’s Dams Are in Disrepair; CAP Report Calls for New Thinking on Future of...

With an uptick in extreme weather events and a majority of American dams approaching the end of their expected lifespans, it is time to rethink public policy on dams, according to a new report out today by the Center for American Progress. The report release coincides with an event hosted by CAP titled, “Assessing the Condition of America’s Dams and Rivers.”

Justice Department Files Brief to Address the Use of Criminal Background Checks by Housing...

The Justice Department filed a statement of interest today arguing that the Fair Housing Act (FHA) requires that landlords who consider criminal records in evaluating prospective tenants do not use overly broad generalizations that disproportionately disqualify people based on a legally protected characteristic, such as race or national origin

MBA Launches Initiative to Support Women in Real Estate Finance

The Mortgage Bankers Association launched a new networking platform for women in the real estate-finance industry. mPower - MBA Promoting Opportunities for Women to Extend their Reach -- will provide an opportunity for women to strengthen their networks, achieve professional growth, and exchange ideas and information about the industry.

Builder Confidence Remains Solid in October

Builder confidence in the market for newly constructed single-family homes remained on firm ground in October, down two points to a level of 63 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI)

Only Two Weeks Left to Nominate Projects for a 2016 Beyond Green™ Award

The deadline is quickly approaching to nominate excellence in high-performing, resilient buildings and communities. The 2016Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Awards are a great way to recognize those buildings, initiatives and innovations that shape, inform and catalyze the high-performance planning, design, construction and operations processes. Don’t miss the opportunity to spotlight a cutting-edge project.

HUD Proposes Energy Benchmarking Requirement for Multifamily Housing

HUD issued a notice in the Federal Register October 4 requesting public comments on a proposed requirement for owners of HUD-funded multifamily housing to implement energy benchmarking in their properties, consistent with the President’s Climate Action Plan and other Administration and HUD initiatives to improve energy efficiency in HUD-assisted properties.
Eric Buchanan

OliverMcMillan Announces Hire of Real Estate Industry Leader Michael O’Hanlon as Chief Operating Officer...

OliverMcMillan, one of the largest, most progressive leaders in the field of mixed-use real estate development in the U.S., announced today the hire of senior real estate manager and industry veteran Michael O’Hanlon as the firm’s new Chief Operating Officer. The firm also promoted two key executives, Jeff Zeigler and Eric Buchanan. Zeigler, a member of OliverMcMillan’s Executive Committee, was promoted to Senior Managing Director of Asset Management & Leasing.

More than a Decade after Study’s Release, Institute to Begin “Mitigation Saves Version 2”

The National Institute of Building Sciences Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC), with the financial support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the International Code Council (ICC) and the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), is beginning a new study to look at the cost effectiveness of disaster mitigation efforts in the public sector, as well as the benefits of using codes to mitigate the impact of natural disasters in the private sector.

Kevin Phelan, CRE Receives Highest Award from The Counselors of Real Estate

October 14, 2016—The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) professional association has named Kevin C. Phelan, CRE, co-chairman of Colliers International, Boston, as the recipient of the 2016 James D. Landauer/John R. White Award–the highest honor conferred by the invitation-only organization.

Learn How Business Continuity Can Contribute to Community Resilience

Many experts believe that, as the heart of each community’s economic base, private-sector businesses need to be a significant part of each community’s resilience efforts. The National Institute of Building Sciences Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) will host a webinar, “How Does Business Continuity Contribute to Community Resilience?” on Tuesday, November 15, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm ET, to describe the importance of including business continuity (BC) planning activities when discussing community resilience planning.
NREL Scientists Keith Emery

NREL, International Colleagues Propose Strategy for Stable, Commercial Perovskite Solar Cells

A strategy for producing stable and commercially available perovskite solar cells (PSCs) has been proposed by Kai Zhu and Keith Emery at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in collaboration with Nam-Gyu Park (Korea), Michael Grätzel (Switzerland), and Tsutomu Miyasaka (Japan)
Energy Department Analysis

Energy Department Analysis: Loan Guarantee Program Launched Utility-Scale Photovoltaic Solar Market in the United...

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Loan Programs Office (LPO) today released new numbers on how the Obama Administration's early support for solar photovoltaic (PV) projects led to a massive expansion of large-scale solar farms. According to today’s update to a 2015 report, the loans provided by DOE to the first five utility-scale solar PV projects larger than 100 megawatts (MW) in the United States helped demonstrate the technology’s success to the market and led to the private financing of an additional 45 utility-scale solar PV projects, a ten-fold increase

Mayors Challenge National Call

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is hosting a Mayors Challenge National Call on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 2:00 p.m. EST. Join HUD Secretary Julián Castro, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Vice President Raymond Towle for a discussion on engaging and partnering with the business community in efforts to end veteran homelessness. All mayors, city staff, community partners, and stakeholders are encouraged to join

Baltimore Man Pleads Guilty to Damaging Property of a Reproductive Health Services Facility

Travis Reynolds, 21, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty today to one count of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, which makes it a federal crime to damage the property of a reproductive health services facility because of the services offered there.

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has officially launched two working groups that will...

The Modular Building Institute’s (MBI) US and Canadian Foundations are pleased to announce two recipients of educational scholarships in 2016. Annually, the foundations provide $5,000 in scholarships to employees of MBI member companies or employee spouses, children, or grandchildren. The US Foundation provides one $2,500 scholarship and the Canadian Foundation provides one $2,500 scholarship. Applicants apply directly to the foundations and must be enrolled or enrolling in two- or four-year schools.

Jared Blum to Step Down as President of PIMA

The Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA) today announced that Jared Blum, who has led the Washington-based trade association since 1990, will leave at the end of this year.


Six Common City-Level Energy Policies Could Reduce Nationwide Carbon Emissions by...

The Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently examined the carbon abatement potential of city actions in six policy areas as part of the DOE's Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) project. The analysis uses new data on energy use in more than 23,400 U.S. cities and estimates the aggregate impact of city actions related to: building energy codes, public transit, building energy incentives, rooftop photovoltaics, smart growth, and municipal actions


Commercial Real Estate Industry Continues to Make Progress in Reducing Energy...

A new report from the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Greenprint Center for Building Performance shows that many of the world’s leading commercial real estate owners and managers are making significant progress in reducing energy consumption, carbon emissions and water usage in their buildings.