Sustainable Real Estate

WorldGBC Project To Advance To Net Zero WorldGBC Project To Advance To Net Zero is a project by the World Green Building Council which aims to promote and support the acceleration of net zero carbon buildings to 100% by 2050. Since buildings account for over half of all emissions, they are a logical target for energy remediation. "The Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment (the Commitment) challenges companies, cities, states and regions to reach Net Zero operating emissions in their portfolios by 2030, and to advocate for all buildings to be Net Zero in operation by 2050. By setting ambitious ‘absolute’ targets, the Commitment aims...

Sustainable Homes on the Desert Mesa of New Mexico Sustainable homes on the desert mesa of New Mexico takes a peek at an alternative way of living.  In the desert of New Mexico, a group of homes jut out from the landscape, resembling something from a science fiction novel.  These unusual but interesting constructions referred to as “Earthships” are passive solar houses, and are the brainchild of architect Mike Reynolds. Devised originally in the 1970s, they are designed to be almost completely self-sufficient not relying on the use of any electrical grid, water lines, or municipal sewage system.  Instead, these home collect rainwater, and...

First Organic Rooftop Farm Atop IGA Duchemin The first organic rooftop farm atop IGA Duchemin is the largest and first grocery store in Canada to sell produce grown on its own roof. Store owners Richard, Daniel, and Francis Duchemin own and run the IGA extra Famille Duchemin store located in the borough of Saint-Laurent. Required by St-Laurent to install a green roof, Richard Duchemin, decided to treat that as an opportunity, instead of a constraint. He teamed up with urban farmers from La ligne verte (Green Line: Green Roof) to make the vision of an urban farm project a reality. I recently had the...

The Resurgence of Walkable Neighborhoods From the youngest generation to the oldest generation, there’s consensus that walkability is a shared amenity that needs even more attention in our cities. In fact, walkability is the feature of cities that holds promise to reduce the sprawl that we all hate. People want to be able to walk to get food, visit a restaurant, get a cup of coffee—or just walk to walk. That drive to increase walkability requires a unique mix that’s often found in rejuvenated downtowns. There are schools and workplaces, as well as sidewalks and parks. People gather in open, public spaces,...

                                                            Via Morgan Stanley's INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABLE INVESTING. Did you know that new green technology could boost asset values of US office buildings by as much as $35 billion. I'm curious as to what the projection would be for the Canadian market, but I'm sure it's significant. According to their recent report, sustainable technologies can cut a buildings annual expenses anywhere from 3 - 30%. "These savings can potentially add $3.5 billion-$34.9 billion2...

This past sunday, CBS Sunday Morning, one of my all time favorite shows that I've been watching for over 25 years, featured an inspiring story about "Agrihoods" that is an exemplary example of sustainable real estate development. The piece features Steve Nygren, "The Founder and President of Serenbe, a 1,000-acre sustainable community near Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Serenbe is focused on land preservation, agriculture, energy efficiency, green building, walkability, high-density building, arts and culture, and community living for multiple generations. It has been described as a model for future communities at the edge of cities or within redeveloping urban areas." ...

There are so many different types of homes today, but no matter what style home you live in, this much holds true, "your home is your castle". Enjoy this article by Michelle Slatalla which features a story about an Italian castle and it's luscious Italian landscapes. Via Gardenista.com https://www.gardenista.com/posts/paradise-found-designer-dan-pearsons-modern-garden-for-a-medieval-castle?utm_source=Remodelista%2FGardenista+Subscriber+List&utm_campaign=64a024216b-Gardenista+Daily+Email+Campaign&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_447a717cea-64a024216b-384532729  ...

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