The City of Phoenix wanted to weigh up the broader costs and benefits of implementing various Low Impact Development (LID) features across the city to help inform capital planning going forward. To do this, they enlisted the help of Stantec, Autocase, and Watershed Management Group (WMG) to perform a triple bottom line cost benefit analysis (TBL-CBA). Using Autocase’s online TBL-CBA […]

  How should engineers and builders get involved in their client’s evaluation of sustainable design alternatives? With a range of approaches to consider, how can the lifetime value be measured in a way that helps prioritize options, justify choices and communicate value to all stakeholders? How do new P3 financing models incorporate more sustainable investments? Join ASCE for this presentation from […]

Editor’s note: We were privileged to have Andrew Zaduban working at Autocase for the last 8 months. Andrew is a student at Wilfrid Laurier University enrolled in the Master of Arts in Business Economics (MABE) program and he has just returned to complete his degree. Andrew wrote this guest blog: In 1970, George Akerlof published a paper called “Market for […]

Back in 2015, it came to our attention that Moody’s had evaluated the effect of flood reduction efforts on municipal debt levels and tax bases in Virginia’s Hampton Roads metropolitan region. Moody’s Investors Service noted that “Coastal cities in southeastern Virginia’s Hampton Roads region are becoming more vulnerable to flooding risk caused by weather-related and tidal flooding, and will require […]

One of the most highly-attended sessions at GreenBuild 2017, entitled “Cost-Justifying Green Buildings to Skeptics”, was moderated by Emma Stewart, USGBC Director and Chair of the Advisory Council, with presentations by Anthony Bernheim of The Allen Group, LLC,  responsible for program management at San Francisco International Airport’s Terminal 1, and Jack Rizzo, a Managing Director at Prologis responsible for development […]

On June 1st 2017, the news was that “383 US Climate Mayors commit to adopt, honor and uphold Paris Climate Agreement goals”. These mayors represent 68 million Americans. Here is but one example. The Pima County Board of Supervisors adopted resolutions “which state that County government will align its operational efforts to meet the United States’ commitment to the Paris Agreement on […]

This I had heard before: 30% of global greenhouse gases are attributable to buildings. This one I hadn’t: 50% of solid waste in the U.S. is produced by the construction industry.  Today I attended the Canadian Construction Innovations (CCI) Conference 2017: Construction on the Precipice of Massive Change . Here are some notes. Smart Cities – Peak Hype? Jesse Devitte […]

We were delighted to have Martin Wong working for us this summer. Martin is enrolled in the Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MScSM) program at the University of Toronto. The program (Infographic) focuses on the integration of science and business through the lens of sustainability. This fits rather neatly with what we do here at Autocase. Martin, with a […]

The Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) is seeking feedback on the draft credits in its latest version of the Envision sustainable infrastructure framework, known as Envision v3. Here’s some … In the Leadership credit category, for Credit LD3.3 – Conduct a Lifecycle Economic Evaluation in Section 3 (pp.69-71 in the electronic version or pp.64-66 of the print version of the draft) […]

Funding Public Private Partnerships (PPP’s) share the same challenges, whether it’s China or here in North America. Small projects need to be aggregated to reach the scale required for PPP’s. Large projects struggle to convey that the benefits of outweigh their hefty price tags. “China’s Sponge City Plan (SCP) is estimated to cost $1.5 Trillion (USD) for 657 cities. “China’s SCP […]