Mendocino Farms Hits LEED Gold in El Segundo

Mendocino Farms Hits LEED Gold in El Segundo

One of the principles of sustainable development is to avoid the destruction of open land; therefore, reimagining existing spaces is one of the most environmentally conscious approaches to revitalizing a community. Federal Realty is adopting that mentality in The...

VCA secures LEED Gold certification at Sixth and Jackson

VCA secures LEED Gold certification at Sixth and Jackson

Hard to miss in the heart of historic Japantown, San Jose, are two LEED Gold mixed-use facilities known as Sixth and Jackson. Found at 680 and 688 N. 6th St., the six-story buildings offer more than 500 units for residents looking to nest in a vibrant community with...

Quality affordable housing in Hawaii

Quality affordable housing in Hawaii

Kaiāulu o Kupuohi, a 89-unit mid-rise complex in Lāhainā, Maui, was developed to provide quality affordable housing to native Hawaiians and the local workforce. The five-story building, which opened Dec. 6, 2022, utilized Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) and...

Renewable asset ownership under the IRA

Renewable asset ownership under the IRA

Under the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act, property owners can now engage in a credit transfer provision that allows Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) to transfer the Investment Tax Credit to unrelated parties for cash without including the proceeds in their gross...

Newman Residence is First Chicago LEED v4 Platinum Home

Newman Residence is First Chicago LEED v4 Platinum Home

When the Newmans inherited their 119-year-old family home, they were aiming to transform the neighborhood’s “spooky” property into a light-filled, welcoming environment that reflected their commitment to sustainability and family. Little did they know, their attention...

California’s New Embodied Carbon Reduction Law

California’s New Embodied Carbon Reduction Law

California’s Green Building Code, CALGreen, will be implementing a first-in-the-nation embodied carbon reduction law. In the several embodied carbon reduction studies we have completed, we’ve realized that most offsets will be realized in concrete and framing....

Electric Vehicle Charging, Loads, & Management Explained

Electric Vehicle Charging, Loads, & Management Explained

Electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment vendors often use different terms for their products. Wading through those options and varying vernacular when constructing or renovating a commercial property, especially in states that require a certain number of chargers for...

Energy Benchmarking: State, Local & LEED Requirements

Energy Benchmarking: State, Local & LEED Requirements

As part of the movement toward electrification and decarbonization, taking inventory of the energy consumed in the built environment is a necessity. To organize all that data, states and local jurisdictions have implemented energy benchmarking requirements for certain...

Understanding HERS testing science and triggers

Understanding HERS testing science and triggers

With the continually increasing requirements for Title 24 Energy Code, VCA has noticed the intent and purpose of meeting Home Energy Rating System (HERS) third-party testing can be difficult for some installers and designers to understand. Typically, the energy model...

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