Let’s revisit 2019’s most popular posts from Paladino’s Abundance Blog. These are the posts that made the strongest connection between sustainability and business value, and they are the posts that you read, shared, and commented on the most! If you haven’t already opted in to receive Paladino’s newsletter, you can find a link on our home page.

REAL ESTATE TRENDS FOR 2019 AND BEYOND

We observed several trends in the commercial real estate industry, including multifamily residential markets that we want to shout from the rooftops. In addition to our on-the-record perspective on the multifamily amenity war and the changes that multifamily developers are seeing in LEED, we surveyed our team of client development managers, architects, engineers, and building scientists. Here are a few trends that will impact real estate projects and sustainability strategies in 2019 and beyond. Read more.

ARE YOU READY FOR DC’S NEW NET ZERO ENERGY GOALS?

In September 2018, Mayor Bowser announced that the City of DC is targeting new and ambitious energy goals as part of Sustainable DC 2.0 during the Global Climate Action Summit 2018. Sustainable DC 2.0 is a five-year update to the Sustainable DC plan. What does this mean to architects, developers, and real estate owners? Read more.

WHAT THE WASHINGTON, DC OMNIBUS ACT MEANS TO THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY

In 2017, Washington, DC became the first LEED Platinum city in the world. Next, DC may be the first Net Zero City in the world, thanks to the passing of the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act of 2018. The Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act of 2018 (Omnibus) may be the most ambitious renewable energy policy in the country, and it has significant implications for building developers, owners, and operators. Read more.

BUILDING FOR RESILIENCE – ALL ABOUT RELI

Last January, temperatures topped out at 35 degrees Celsius in Australia and bottomed out at -51 degrees Celsius in North Dakota. Buildings must be designed to protect occupants, offer shelter during emergencies, and importantly to survive the day-to-day pressures of increased heat, cold, drought, and rainfall. The USGBC and GBCI have adopted the RELi Rating system (RELi), which takes a holistic approach to resilient design and overlaps with other rating systems – most notably LEED. Read more.

FUTURE PROOFING MULTIFAMILY HOUSING AMENITIES FOR GENERATION Z

How does a multifamily property developer or operator make a smart investment in amenities that will give the project long-term value?

The next generation of renters will have their own ideas of which amenities make an apartment community a home. Real estate operators that focus on why certain amenities like community space, dog runs, and exercise options are important to today’s renters will have an advantage. Successful developers will focus on the psychographics -the attitudes and aspirations– of their tenants rather than chasing the next instagrammable experience. And they will understand that smart design using sustainable and wellness principals will be key to keeping current tenants and attracting the next generation of apartment renters. Read more.

DON’T MAKE ANOTHER CLIMATE ACTION PLAN

We reviewed the scopes of work for several city-level climate action plans, and they follow a sensible process that is hard to argue with. But the results aren’t there. We’re seeing adjustments in timelines come faster than adjustments to climate approaches. 2020 commitments became 2030. And now we are starting to see the commitments push out to 2050. Climate action plans are broken, so we broke climate action planning. Read more.

THE CORE GREEN BUILDING CERTIFICATION: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) recently released a certification option called The Core Green Building Certification (Core), which could be an alternative to LEED for designers and developers who want to back-check sustainability efforts with a third-party certification. Learn what we think of the new certification, and how we can help with your next building project. Read more.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: INTRODUCING DAN MCCOLLEY, ANALYST

Dan hails from New Hampshire and we are as excited as he is for his permanent move to Washington, DC this year. He originally joined Paladino as an intern, and he brings an international studies background to his sustainability approach. Read more.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: INTRODUCING PAROMA CHAKRAVARTY, ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT

Paroma has international experience developing environmental impact statements for infrastructure projects, and in addition to her sustainability education and experience, Paroma is specifically experienced in issues relating to water conservation. Learn more about her and expect to see posts from her in 2020. Read more.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: INTRODUCING JAKE MELLO, PALADINO’S NEW COMMISSIONING ENGINEER

We love Commissioning Engineer Jake Mello, and if you missed this post, revisit Jake’s background, the path that led him to Paladino, and his predictions for the industry. Read more.

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