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Christopher E. Herbert to Lead Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies

CAMBRIDGE, MA – December 19, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and David T. Ellwood, Dean of the Harvard Kennedy School, announced today that Dr. Christopher E. Herbert has been appointed Managing Director of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, effective January 1, 2015.  In making this announcement, the Deans noted that Herbert is a nationally recognized scholar and researcher with great depth of experience in housing analysis and public policy

Lowey Announces $765,000 Federal Grant to Purchase College for Green Infrastructure Project

PURCHASE, NY – December 17, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland), the Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, today announced a $765,000 federal grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to Purchase College to implement green infrastructure when retrofitting campus pavement

Community and Neighborhood Design Remains Focused on Accessibility and Leveraging Existing Neighborhood Assets

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 16, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — While the housing market recovery of the last few years has not resulted in a significant boom for neighborhood and community designers, work in the sector remains focused and strong. Leveraging opportunities in existing neighborhoods, both projects and designs aim for continuing to provide easy access to employment, transportation and connection with the larger community. At the same time, homeowners continue to favor contemporary styling – choosing low-maintenance materials for exteriors, flexible interior spaces and roofs with solar reflective characteristics

Architects, AIA Foundation and Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Name Members of First Design and Health Research Consortium

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 16, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The American Institute of Architects (AIA), along with the AIA Foundation and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), today named 11 architecture schools and schools of public health as the charter members of the AIA Design & Health Research Consortium, which will help fund basic research on how design affects public health.

Continuing Education Changes for Real Estate Brokers & Salespersons Effective January 1, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 15, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — A new law which becomes effective January 1, 2015, impacts real estate brokers and salespersons, and real estate education sponsors by removing continuing education preapproval and reporting requirements. Gov. Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill 641 into law on April 7, 2014, which became Public Act 106 of 2014

ConsensusDocs Coalition Provides Nearly $250,000 in Charitable and Educational Use of Standard Contracts

WASHINGTON – December 10, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — ConsensusDocs announces that since September 2007 nearly $250,000 worth of standard contracts have been donated for charitable and educational uses.

New Report by The Demand Institute Reveals America’s Top 10 Unfulfilled Housing Needs and Desires

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 3, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The ideal home and neighborhood is elusive for many American households today, concludes a new report by The Demand Institute. Americans believe in the importance of energy efficient homes; they desire updated kitchens and ample storage space. As for more basic housing needs, families want safer neighborhoods and more affordability. However, there’s a substantial gap between what Americans have and what they say they need or want—the “Satisfaction Gap.”

In the Zone: Ware Malcomb’s Office Interior of the Future

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 3, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Envision work zones aptly named Focus, Collaborative, Team and Quiet; seamlessly integrated lighting, power and HVAC systems; and yes, treadmill desks. Ware Malcomb shared its future office space concept at Development ’14, delivered by Ted Heisler

Big Data Will Play an Important Role in the Future of Real Estate and for Realtors®

WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 17, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Advances in mobile technology have the potential to radically change the ways consumers search for real estate online, according to a session at the 2014 REALTORS® Conference & Expo that peered into what can happen in the future regarding big data and real estate

Launch of AIAU Provides Easy Access to Online Learning

Washington, D.C. – October 13, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) recent launch of AIAU marks a significant advancement in online education for architects, designers, builders, and others working within the architecture industry. Now, anyone with an Internet connection can access high-quality, interactive education taught by industry experts via streaming video and earn continuing education credits including AIA learning units (LUs) as well as HSW, GBCI, and RIBA credits

CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION TO PROVIDE HIGHWAY WORK ZONE SAFETY TRAINING PROGRAM THANKS TO NEW FEDERAL GRANT

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 25, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Associated General Contractors of America will provide highway work zone safety training classes next year thanks to a federal safety grant the association earned. The association will use the $135,000 Susan Harwood Training Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to offer the safety training classes designed to prevent injuries among highway, street and bridge construction workers, officials

New Capacity Building Initiative Training Focuses on Underserved Areas

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 8, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) announced today that it will launch a new Capacity Building Initiative training and technical assistance series, Expanding CDFI Coverage in Underserved Areas, later this year. The series, presented by Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), will provide specialized training and technical assistance to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to extend their reach into certain underserved communities in the United States that currently lack a CDFI presence.

The AIA recognizes 11 projects with the 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award

Washington, D.C. – September 5, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has selected 11 educational and cultural facilities for this year’s CAE Educational Facility Design Awards. The CAE Design Excellence Award honors educational facilities that the jury believes should serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn, furthering the client’s mission, goals and educational program while demonstrating excellence in architectural design. These projects exemplify innovation through the client’s educational goals through responsive and responsible programming, planning and design. Function and surrounding regional and community context are valued as part of the planning and design process as well as sustainability

Webinar: An Introduction to SSVF and Overview of Compliance & Reporting

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 2, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The VA National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans is holding a webinar, “An Introduction to SSVF and Overview of Compliance & Reporting,” on Sept. 25 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

ULI to Host Building the Resilient City: Risks and Opportunities Conference September 4-5, 2014 in San Francisco

WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 29, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Creating resilient communities that are economically prosperous and environmentally sustainable is the focus of the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Building the Resilient City: Risks and Opportunities conference, set for September 4-5, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco, California

Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s 2014 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) Training Events

WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 28, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Are you planning to apply for Affordable Housing Program (AHP) funds in the 2014 AHP round? If you are and have not yet attended one of the AHP Application training sessions, you should consider registering for one of the remaining training sessions. Both members and development sponsors should consider participating.

Farmers Market Pop-Up Project Design Competition Recipients Selected

Chicago – June 30, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates there are over 8,100 farmers markets nationwide, a jump of almost 5,000 from the previous decade. At farmers markets most produce vendors use simple, generic white canopies that need to be light weight and portable, which also means that vendors have to get creative when they anchor them to the ground (no stakes allowed). Most vendors can’t afford a custom tent, so they are all white, with flimsy signage. The AIA’s Small Project Practitioners Knowledge Community developed the Pop-Up Project Design Competition with the goal to re-imagine the farmer’s market canopy pop-up booth to make it easier for produce vendors to set up and transport their canopies and produce, while also

American Institute of Architects Adopts New Board Structure

Chicago –- June 30, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) convention delegates gave final approval to a plan that restructures the Institute’s governance. Bylaw amendments adopted by them will reduce the size of the Institute’s Board of Directors and augment the AIA’s governance structure by adding a new body, the Strategic Council, which will inform the Board and other Institute bodies of important professional issues.

VA Celebrates 70th Anniversary of the Original “GI Bill”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 23, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is celebrating 70 years of investment in the education and economic prosperity of America’s Servicemembers and Veterans. The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, better known as the “GI Bill” was enacted on June 22, 1944. The law provided a wide range of benefits for Veterans returning from World War II, including low-cost home loans, education and vocational training. The original GI Bill was heralded as a success and major contributor to America’s stock of human capital that sped long-term economic growth across the Nation. Today, a new group of Veterans is accessing the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other education benefits, following in their footsteps.

CRE 2014 Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate Announced

CHICAGO – June 19, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Energy, jobs, and the far-reaching influence of the Millennial generation are the issues that will have the most significant impact on real estate both near-and long-term, according to The Counselors of Real Estate® organization, which today released its official 2014 Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate, a list it compiles annually.