Let’s imagine more in 2018. We are already deep in planning mode for 2018 – We have a lot to achieve next year and are looking forward to sharing our ideas and experiences with you. As we reflect and move forward, let’s revisit 2017’s 10 best and most interesting posts from the Abundance Blog. These are the posts that make the strongest connection between sustainability and business value – and based on your feedback, they are the posts that you read, shared, and commented on the most!

  1. Hospitals get better with wellness design

By Susie Westrup

Wellness-based design is gaining traction, and its greatest impact can be felt within healthcare facilities. Healthy design features – natural lighting, improved air quality, biophilic elements, views of nature, non-toxic building materials, and space intended for movement – are no-brainers to incorporate in facilities intended to enhance human health. Read more.

  1. COOKFOX ARCHITECTS takes an historic leap forward for an old building thanks to 80 architects designing the workplace of the future

By Divya Natarajan

What happens when you combine a leading sustainably-minded architecture firm with an historic building and Paladino’s expertise in sustainability and wellness? You get the new LEED Platinum and WELL Gold certified COOKFOX headquarters on the 17th floor of 250 West 57th Street in New York. Read more.

  1. The Trump administration’s energy policy and its impact on developers and building owners

By Rachel Sowards

Energy policies have far-reaching impact on the full lifecycle of a commercial real estate project. Commercial real estate developers are excellent at managing risk, and will make conservative choices or may hold off on a project if questions about energy policies become concerns. Read more.

  1. The missing piece to all those wellness studies

By Julia Raish

There’s a compelling and growing body of research that proves that well-designed work spaces with plenty of fresh air, sunlight, and healthy materials improve worker cognitive function and overall productivity impressively. We’ve not only assessed the research, but we’ve created a solution that shows how a design will perform in relation to human performance and where there’s room for improvement. Read more.

  1. Everything you need to know to sound brilliant when talking about biophilia

By Nash Emrich

Biophilia is a term that literally means love of nature. Stephen Kellert, who worked with E.O. Wilson wrote that biophilia is “a complex of weak genetic tendencies to value nature that are instrumental in human physical, material, emotional, intellectual, and moral wellbeing. Because biophilia is rooted in human biology and evolution, it presents an argument for conserving nature based on long-term self-interest.” Read more.

  1. The new normal: designing for climate resilience

By Deborah Hanamura

Resilient design must address the shelter-in-place realities of hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, and heat waves. Meanwhile, communities in drought-affected regions need to create building ecosystems that minimize water consumption and develop nimble ways to cultivate water. Buildings are the most important capital investments a company can make – and are towering symbols of a company’s brand. Because climate is no longer predictable, real estate owners need to consider an entirely new set of factors. Read more.

  1. How Abundance Thinking unlocks the potential in existing buildings

By Rachel Sowards

Focus on what you already have. Many owners of older buildings shy away from undertaking an existing building green retrofit for fear that it will be too expensive, assuming that it’s better to tear it down and start from scratch. This is a classic scarcity approach, and with Abundance we find creative ways to work with what we’ve got, and unearth hidden potential in every project. Read more.

  1. Public transportation of the future: four new sustainable technologies

By Amanda Cunningham

Architects, developers, and real estate owners should consider the power of transit-oriented development – building businesses and communities in places that are pleasurable to travel to is good for business and the environment. Embrace commuting alternatives, and celebrate the innovations coming from innovators around the globe. Read more.

  1. Which CSR Reporting Framework is right for your company?

By Deborah Hanamura

2018 is on our mind, especially in terms of corporate reporting. In the past, companies could make CSR reports in any format they liked, but now investors, customers, and employees increasingly demand more transparent and 3rd party verified platforms like GRESB, CDP, and GRI to track and report progress toward company goals for sustainability, GHG emissions, and portfolio performance. Learn more.

  1. Water Balance yields huge savings

By Tom Paladino

As precious as it is, water is everywhere – which might be why so many people waste it daily, often unintentionally. In green building projects, designers tend to focus on efficient energy usage more than efficient water usage, but we need to focus on both as water availability and quality grows into a looming social issue. Get the equation.

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