Cities around the US are adopting energy benchmarking ordinances geared at assessing the energy performance and efficiency of commercial buildings.  Chicago is the most recent city to introduce an energy benchmarking ordinance which would require buildings over 50,000 sq. ft. to track and verify their energy consumption. As the saying goes, you can’t manage what

[freespace], a movement dedicated to repurposing unused commercial space to bring communities together launched on June 1st in the heart of San Francisco, CA.  The group started with a 14,000 sq. ft. warehouse in SOMA.   First month’s rent was a mere $1. The driving question behind it all: What could you do if you

A number of reports have been published lately on the discrepancy between employment growth and demand for office space. According to an article in CoStar, average office employment is growing at a rate of a little over 2% while demand for space is growing at just half that rate. So why hasn’t job growth translated

Cities around the world have been coming up with innovative ways to repurpose their existing space to bring together the community.  The Bloomberg Trail Project in Chicago is a prime example of increased investment in parks and community building. Through the Bloomberg Trail project, Chicago is transforming nearly 3miles of run down, abandoned train line into

In honor of Earth Day, it seems only fitting that we would focus today’s blog post on how an increase in environmental consciousness is pushing the Commercial Real Estate industry forward. The Bullitt Center, a six-story, 50,000 sq. ft. building located in Seattle, WA, is staking its claim as the greenest building in the world.

Over the past 12 months, there have been increasing signs of life in Industrial CRE; however the stats aren’t following the same trends as Office or Retail. According to the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP), following a solid 100 million sq. ft. of absorption in 2012, the US will experience approximately 425

Can a change in land-use planning and design combat the environmental conditions that contribute to ailments such as heart disease and obesity? According to an article in the New York Times, buildings that encourage physical activity and sustainability play a fundamental role in improving residents’ quality of life. Assessing the health impact of a building,

We deal with companies every day that are looking to reduce their real estate costs.  With the proliferation of mobile devices and collaboration tools, it’s not surprising that companies are looking to telecommuting as a strategy to save money. The recent announcement from Yahoo! that employees would no longer be able to work remotely has

Increased awareness of the devastating effects of fossil fuels on our environment has led CRE groups to take action.   In continuing with yesterday’s focus on sustainability, we want to highlight a few of the recent actions that organizations are taking to encourage companies to reduce their greenhouse emissions. In 2011, the International Living Future Institute

Check out the creative use of space by one Canadian based coffee company.  The world’s smallest café resides on a busy street, tucked away under the stairwell. Filling a space that would typically go unused, this café is in the direct path of daily subway commuters looking to grab their cup of Joe on the

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