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 […]

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 […]

Too often infrastructure discourse is focused on the financials of a project. Discussion forms around jobs created, capital spent, or payback periods while missing the main objective of infrastructure: providing value to society. This is a reminder to designers and developers of infrastructure that what we the public want is infrastructure for the public good. “The Higher Standard: Triple bottom line decision making for infrastructure” by John Parker and Derek Ensing Impact Infrastructure, American […]

The Rental and Occupancy Benefits of Sustainable Buildings

In a previous post, I discussed how in Autocase for Sustainable Buildings, we would be quantifying how sustainable buildings rents and occupancy are higher than non-certified buildings. Autocase for Sustainable Buildings (coming in beta at Greenbuild this week) has used information from three studies of almost 17,000 buildings (LEED and Energy Star or their comparators). We have recently found a summary (“Studies of Price Effects of […]

Infrastructure that Abides by the Triple Bottom Line of Sustainable Development

From Jeffrey Sachs in the Boston Globe: “We should seek an infrastructure that abides by the triple bottom line of sustainable development. That is, the networks of roads, power, water, and communications should support economic prosperity, social fairness, and environmental sustainability. The triple bottom line will in turn push us to adopt three guiding principles. First, the infrastructure should be […]

​The Social Value of Water (Part 2 – All Water)

How valuable is water? That depends on where you are. “Water is both essential and versatile. It is critical to human and ecosystem health, necessary in many industrial processes, indispensable in food and energy production, an important vehicle for disposing of wastes, and integral to many forms of recreation.” – The Marginal Economic Value of Streamflow From National Forests by […]

Conference Papers and Presentations

Interested in Green Infrastructure, Low Impact Development, Stormwater Best Management Practice, or Green Buildings? Here are some resources … It has been a busy few months on the pre-summer conference scene and I’ve pulled together a collection of papers and presentations from Impact Infrastructure: Presentation to a workshop at the International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology – ISSST 2016 […]

Green infrastructure – Get It While You Can

Here’s a tip about a great resource that may be disappearing. Researching green stormwater management I found a site with lots of useful information. Apart from good information on forests, green infrastructure, ecosystem services and stormwater management, it has some interesting information on development. “We often hear that new homes means more revenue in taxes, but this isn’t true. Residential […]

Building Agricultural Green Infrastructure

“Canada’s aging infrastructure has and will increasingly fail in part due to the increased strain from the loss of green infrastructure …The retention, creation and enhancement of natural infrastructure is an important component of any strategy to mitigate … increasingly severe economic and environmental problems.” Our friends at ALUS have published a submission to the Canadian government regarding its Green […]