Education & Training

GBCI Renamed Green Business Certification Inc.

The GBCI Board of Directors announced today that GBCI, formerly known as the Green Building Certification Institute, has changed its name to Green Business Certification Inc. It will continue to be referred to as GBCI

The American Institute of Architects Select Ten Recipients for the 2015 Housing Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected ten recipients for the 2015 Housing Awards. The AIA’s Housing Awards program, now in its 15th year, was established to recognize the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life

Crowdfunding Guru To Dispense Advice that Dispels Confusion

Crowdfunding did not arrive with the advent of 21st century technology. Examples have occurred throughout history, according to Gene Trowbridge, CCIM, ESQ, a senior partner of Trowbridge Taylor Sidoti LLP based in Lake Forest, Calif., and a CCIM Institute senior instructor. An early example is the writer Jonathan Swift’s Irish Loan Fund started in the early 1700s, which lasted for nearly 200 years. Its aim was to provide credit — without collateral — through small contributions funded by many people to the poor of Dublin, Ireland

CCIM Attracts Stellar Industry Partners

Eight leading companies in commercial real estate, CRE legal, and CRE lending have signed on as the 2015 Industry Partners for the CCIM Institute, a global commercial real estate affiliate of the National Association of Realtors. These luminaries in the field include GE Capital, KW Commercial, Realty Mogul, Sperry Van Ness, Century 21, NAI Global, GRANITE, and Syndication Trowbridge Taylor Sidoti

Academic Connections to Shape the CCIM Institute for the Next 100 Years

Earning the CCIM, or Certified Commercial Investment Member, designation sets commercial real estate brokers and investors apart from their peers, while obtaining a master’s degree in real estate distinguishes individuals in the field. Now the Florida CCIM Chapter and the University of Central Florida are launching a pilot program that connects academic theory with current industry practice, and ethical and professional standards. This combination provides students with a strong foundation for both advanced investment analysis and real world portfolio management skills

AIA College of Fellows Awards 2015 Latrobe Prize to Woodbury University Arid Lands Institute for ‘Drylands Resilience Initiative’

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows selected a team led byWoodbury University's Arid Lands Institute for its “Drylands Resilience Initiative: Digital Tools for Sustainable Urban Design in Arid and Semi-Arid Urban Centers” to receive the 2015 Latrobe Prize.

The American Institute of Architects Select Six Recipients for the 2015 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA) selected six recipients to receive the 2015 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards. The AIA and the ALA developed this award program to encourage and recognize excellence in the architectural design of libraries. As the traditional role of libraries evolves, the designs of these community spaces have changed to reflect the needs of the surrounding residence, as represented by the recipients of the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

Nine Chapters Earn CCIM Institute’s 2014 President’s Cup Award

The CCIM Institute recognized nine local CCIM chapters for excellence at its Midyear Business Meetings in Chicago, held March 22–25. The annual CCIM President's Cup awards program took place on March 24, honoring CCIM chapters that have demonstrated the highest degree of skill, ingenuity, and innovation in promoting the membership benefits of the Institute at the local and regional levels

News Rudy Saporite, Solar Program Manager, Shares Solar PV Quality Assurance Expertise

On Monday, March 30, 2015, Rudy Saporite will participate in a panel discussing Quality Assurance findings. The panel titled “Common Installation Mistakes” features Solar PV industry installation and inspection experts

Fourteen U.S. Habitat for Humanity affiliates recognized for their innovation, leadership and impact

Habitat for Humanity International named 14 “Affiliates of Distinction” for their achievements in serving the affordable housing needs of their local communities during Habitat’s biennial U.S. Affiliate Conference.

Study Finds That OSHA Underestimated Cost of Silica Rule by $4.5 Billion a Year

A new report released today by the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) found that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposed silica standards for U.S. construction industry will cost the industry $5 billion per year—roughly $4 .5 billion per year more than OSHA’s estimates. The coalition cautioned that the flawed cost estimates reflect deeper flaws in the rule and urged the federal agency to reconsider its approach

Free Webinar: The Promise of E-Commerce

Register for a free webinar on "The Promise of E-commerce," a white paper recently published by the NAIOP Research Foundation. The paper examines how evolving delivery expectations are dictating the location and design of real estate facilities. Read a press release about the white paper.

IBHS Experts to be Featured at 2015 National Hurricane Conference

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), a leading national authority on disaster-resistant construction, will have multiple experts speaking at the 2015 National Hurricane Conference (NHC) March 30-Apr. 2 in Austin, Texas

Appraisal Institute Heads to Dallas for 2015 Annual Meeting

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, announced today that its 2015 Annual Meeting will take place July 27-29 in Dallas.Registration is now open.

STEM AmeriCorps Program to Expand with Best Buy Grant

As part of today’s White House Science Fair, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) today announced an expansion of STEM AmeriCorps, an initiative designed to spur student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math education

NCOA and Wells Fargo Housing Foundation Help Seniors Navigate Housing Options

More than 25 million older Americans are economically insecure, often just one event—a job loss, major health expense, or accident—away from financial crisis. For those that own their homes, tapping their home equity may be an option to increase their economic security, but requires careful consideration and understanding of taxes, fees, and homeowner obligations.

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing to Host Free Home Ownership Workshop March 26

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing is inviting the community to a free Home Ownership Education Workshop on Thursday, March 26, 2015 to learn about everything from what a credit score means to selecting a lender

Electrical Training Manager Named ABC National Craft Instructor of the Year

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has named Jonathan Sacks of Palmyra, Maine, as its Craft Instructor of the Year. Sacks currently works as a transmission and distribution training manager atCIANBRO in Pittsfield, Maine. He received the honor March 6 during ABC’s National Craft Championships (NCC) and Workforce Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla

Architecture Billings Index Improves in February

After its first negative score in ten months, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) showed a nominal increase in design activity in February, and has been positive ten out of the past twelve months. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the February ABI score was 50.4, up slightly from a mark of 49.9 in January

Housing Landscape 2015 shows severe housing cost burden has decreased, but remains struggle for working renters

The continuing economic recovery has improved housing affordability slightly for low- and moderate-income working households, but housing costs continue to increase for renters, according to a new report released today by the Center for Housing Policy at the National Housing Conference