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San Francisco’s Benchmarking Ordinance Shows Major Reduction In Energy Use

Energy consumption by commercial properties in San Francisco has declined significantly since 2011 after the implementation of San Francisco’s Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance, according to a new report released today from the Urban Land Institute Greenprint Center for Building Performance (Greenprint). The report is the result of a collaboration between Greenprint and the San Francisco Department of the Environment. The San Francisco Existing Commercial Buildings Performance Report shows a 7.9-percent reduction in energy use across a cohort of 176 properties consistently tracked since 2010. A review of a … Read More

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ULI Bay Area in 2015 report Reveals Pitfalls of High Housing Costs

A new report from the Urban Land Institute, Bay Area in 2015, suggests that the San Francisco metropolitan region is at risk of losing Millennials in the years ahead, as high housing costs are making them increasingly skeptical about their ability to eventually move into homes in neighborhoods with the high livability attributes they desire. The report finds that 74 percent of Millennials living in the Greater Bay area are considering moving over the next five years, although housing affordability concerns suggest that they will be more apt to move … Read More

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Five Strategies for Promoting Healthy Lifestyles Through Improved Design of the Built Environment

ULI San Francisco and ULI Northwest are pleased to announce the release of Building Healthy Places Through Innovation and Exchange, a report from a two-part West Coast exchange between these District Councils of the Urban Land Institute. The report, which examines real estate projects and best practices in each region, outlines how the built environment can have a positive impact on health through design, policy and education strategies. The result of a year-long research and collaboration effort, the report provides planners, designers, developers and public sector officials with five themes instrumental to improving health … Read More

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Tackling Sea-Level Rise: New ULI-San Francisco Report Cites Best Practices for Resilient Planning and Development

Urban Land Institute’s 5 Key Findings Emphasize Greater Cooperation, Flexible Strategies, Innovative Finance ULI San Francisco is pleased to announce the release of, “Tackling Sea-Level Rise: Best Practices in the San Francisco Bay Area”, a report summarizing a year-long research aimed towards helping Bay Area governments, developers, land owners and other constituents to plan appropriately for sea-level rise. Maps prepared by the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) and the Pacific Institute using USGS data estimate sea-level rises could inundate potentially 280 square miles of Bay Area property by 2050. The conclusions … Read More

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Video: Enhancing Returns and Attracting Investors – the A-B-C’s of Corporate Responsibility

Real estate entities increasingly choose to publicly disclose corporate responsibility and sustainability information. Sustainability reporting is the collection, analysis, and disclosure of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance metrics for internal and external decision-makers for the purposes of measuring and evaluating performance in the context of business strategy and risk management. Sustainability reporting goes beyond asset-level certification programs such as LEED and ENERGY STAR to provide stakeholders with corporate entity-level ESG performance information. According to Ernst & Young Global, 95% of Global 250 companies measure their social and environmental impacts. … Read More

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11 Strategies for Building Community with Affordable Housing

This article originally appeared in the ULI Urban Land magazine. The design quality of affordable housing can have a substantial positive effect on both residents and the surrounding community. Good design uplifts residents, helping strengthen social connections, relieve stress, and enhance a sense of safety and belonging. It also can help repair blighted areas, raise adjacent property values, and attract market-rate development. A successful new building creates a sense of authenticity and uniqueness in the urban environment, giving people a place where they can feel at home and more effectively … Read More

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Marlow Hits a Home Run in Russian Hill

On Tuesday, March 25, over 70 ULI members toured Marlow, a new 98-unit residential project located in San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood.  The tour was led by Mike McCone, Vice President of Development at Oyster Development, and Garrett Frakes, Principal at Polaris Pacific. Mike McCone started the tour with a discussion on the property’s history. According to Mike, Dean Givas, the head of Oyster Development, purchased the land for Marlow in 2010. Initially entitled for 62 senior housing units, the Oyster Development team re-entitled the property over a 15-month period … Read More

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YLG Talks Starting Your Own Fund

At the YLG Peer to Peer: Real Estate Entrepreneurship 101 workshop on March 6, 2014,  a crowd of young leaders filled a conference room to capacity to hear two of the founders of Calvera Partners, David Saxe and Brian Milovich, discuss their experience as start-up real estate investors.  Saxe, with a family history in real estate development, and Brian, whose background is in banking, met as students at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and they both gained experience in the urban investing model while working for CIM.  This is … Read More

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40 Under 40: Who Will You Nominate?

Urban Land magazine is launching 40 Under 40, a celebration of the world’s top real estate and land use leaders and visionaries under the age of 40. Urban Land will draw upon the collective wisdom of ULI’s more than 30,000 members worldwide to identify individuals for this honor. The inaugural class of 40 Under 40 will be profiled in an upcoming issue of the magazine and recognized at the 2014 ULI Fall Meeting in New York City. ULI members—of any age—are encouraged to nominate candidates. Eligible candidates are those professionals under age 40 (as of June … Read More

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Bay Area Residential Update

ULI San Francisco held its annual residential panel at The Omni Hotel in Downtown San Francisco on February 27th, with approximately 200 guests in attendance. Paul Zeger of Polaris Pacific kicked off the event with an economic overview of the Bay Area’s major residential markets. His talk focused on how San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Oakland/Emeryville have all experienced impressive price and rent growth over the past year. This increase has been fueled by job growth, particularly in the tech sector. At the same time, interest rates have remained low, … Read More

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