Posted: November 24, 2023 | Project Management
The need to reduce carbon emissions while scaling up our cities to meet the demands of urban growth has implications for how we design, construct, operate, and maintain buildings. Find out why “going green” needs to be at the top of your priority list and the solutions that will get you there.
It’s Crunch-Time for Commercial Real Estate Owners - Why Smart, Healthy, Sustainable Buildings Matter
Posted: November 21, 2023 | Project Management
The commercial real estate (CRE) market is facing a perfect storm of financial, regulatory and social headwinds. Rising interest rates, curtailed credit and a drop-off in occupancy rates are all buffeting the sector. Governments, investors and tenants all are hungry for action and results on ESG, particularly in the realms of energy efficiency and decarbonization. Meanwhile, owners cannot ignore the ongoing need for operational savings, portfolio compression and enhanced occupant experiences.
Around $900 billion in U.S. commercial property debt is due this year and next, which means that many building owners will make refinancing their short-term priority. But tweaking the terms of their loans is only a recipe for their shortterm survival. To thrive when calmer waters prevail, they’ll also need a robust strategy for sustainability, a shrewd blueprint for tailoring their floor space to fit the hybrid work era, and a clear plan to enhance the health and wellness of their building users.
Posted: November 2, 2023 | Project Management
Energy modeling has increased in importance as the need for climate change mitigation has grown in importance — the energy supply sector is the largest contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions. The IPCC Fifth Assessment Report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change posits that climate change mitigation will require a fundamental transformation of the energy supply system, including the substitution of unabated (not captured by CCS) fossil fuel conversion technologies by low-GHG alternatives. Most energy models are used for scenario analysis.
Arup develops report for NRDC that demonstrates how California legislation can address embodied carbon in the built environment
Posted: October 27, 2023 | Project Management
The carbon emissions associated with materials used in the built environment, referred to as “embodied carbon,” are estimated to contribute up to 11% of all global energy-related carbon emissions1. According to a new report from sustainable development consultancy Arup, developed on behalf of NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), California is one of the first states in the country to take meaningful steps toward slashing embodied carbon emissions from new buildings and some construction materials, and can set a course for clean materials production, procurement, and use across the United States.
The new report, titled Embodied Carbon Reduction Roadmap: Strategies and Policies for the State of California, analyzes the pathways and strategies for California to address embodied carbon in the built environment through policy action. Looking at different types of available strategies like building reuse and using low-carbon building materials, the report estimates the relative proportion of embodied carbon they can reduce across the buildings sector.
Posted: October 26, 2023 | Project Management
Construction projects are often categorized based on their scale, the types of structures being built, and the purpose of the project (also called “end use” or “land use”). Broadly, there are six types of construction projects: residential, commercial, institutional, mixed-use, industrial, and heavy civil.
Project management software creates a single source of truth for planning, execution, and monitoring, giving owners and contractors alike real-time visibility into the data they need to manage their resources more efficiently – on any type of construction project. Advanced tools can also integrate with specialized platforms for tasks such as building information modeling (BIM), cost estimation, and risk assessment, providing a comprehensive solution for managing the entire lifecycle of a construction project.