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Multi-Family Passive House

Posted by Juliet Grable

Jul 9, 2014 3:29:36 PM

AMID THE RECENT FLURRY of multi-family projects in Portland, Oregon, the Kiln Apartments building stands out: it’s aiming to be one of the first Passive House multi-family buildings in the country. In this case, the development’s owner drove the energy efficiency agenda.
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Multi-Family Project at Avalon West Hollywood

Posted by Juliet Grable

Jun 30, 2014 3:38:46 PM

At 122 dwelling units per acre, Avalon West Hollywood qualifies for Very High Density for Mid-Rise LEED credits. A narrow greenbelt at the low end of the site will help manage stormwater.

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Rental Renaissance

Posted by Juliet Grable

Jun 24, 2014 12:00:00 PM

IF YOU SUBSCRIBE to the American Dream, the word conjures images of an uninspired dwelling space, a temporary peg to hang your hat until fortunes change and you can afford digs that come with a deed. On the other end of the spectrum, there’s the glamorous penthouse in the clouds, out of reach except to those with six-figure incomes.

Both the perception and the reality are changing. Rental vacancies are at historic low rates, and there are some indicators this is no temporary trend. The movement away from the suburbs and back toward urban cores is fueling a flowering of multi-family developments in every region of the country.

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Energy Savers: An Rx for Older Apartment Buildings

Posted by Juliet Grable

Jun 23, 2014 9:20:43 PM

Stacked-Up Savings There are about 800,000 rental units in Cook County alone. More than half of those are in older apartment buildings like this one.

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A Site Better

Posted by Juliet Grable

Apr 15, 2014 12:12:00 PM

Though construction sites can contribute many types of pollutants, including heavy metals, chemicals and oils, sediment is the biggest culprit. As any contractor visiting a job site after a heavy rain can tell you, runoff wreaks havoc when it courses over raw ground or plows through piles of topsoil. What’s more, some areas can stay bare for months, leaving them vulnerable through several seasons.

Fortunately, common-sense measures can reduce, if not eliminate, this problem. Structural solutions include silt fences, sedimentation ponds, erosion control blankets and temporary or permanent seeding. Non-structural practices like picking up trash and debris, sweeping sidewalks and streets, maintaining equipment and training staff and subs can go a long way to keeping pollutants out of any stormwater that runs through the site.

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