The color of money: ‘Building green’Thanks to ever-rising fuel prices and a renewed federal commitment to sustainable construction, green building practices and technologies are generating a lot more interest these days. The concept of green building encompasses many different areas, such as air quality, stormwater management and recyclable materials, but energy efficiency is top of mind, say observers. “You can’t just design the building, throw in some energy features, and then see how you did. The energy [features] and the architecture have to work together to meet the objectives.” Paul Torcellini, group manager for commercial buildings research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo. “There’s broad media awareness over energy, and the Obama administration is obviously a friend in trying to manage and mitigate global warming,” says Jennifer Senick, executive director of The Rutgers Center for Green Building at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in Brunswick. “I’ve seen [green building] at…Log In to Read Full Article
RACER Trust’s Proving Ground Stimulates Efficiency
Judge Robert Gerber, sitting in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, signed an order in effect creating RACER Trust in March 2011. RACER — for Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response — was handed a portfolio of more than 300 properties scattered over 89 locations in… Read more
Water, Water Everywhere?
While in the following pages I will recount a number of serious localized water shortages, I can tell you at the outset, this will not be another gloom-and-doom scenario to which you are treated daily in your local and national news sources. Now, in my 54th year of professional effort… Read more