What’s a Planet Worth?

Republished for 2017 How does one quantify the value of Earth?  In essence, we already do – we call it economic systems and development.  According to Wikipedia, the definition of an economic system is a system of production and exchange … Read More

 

Climate Change Call to Action: Duty to Serve our Communities and Market Stakeholders

The climate change definition is a very loose and often ambiguous term that confuses many people.  Climate change polarized conversations have been debated for centuries. On the one hand, it covers pretty much any earth related catastrophe and/ or unusual … Read More

 

Choosing the Right Land for Green Building

One of the most important components of green building is the land you choose to build your project.  There are multitudes of factors that must be considered when choosing the perfect parcel of earth to develop.  Making the wrong choice … Read More

 

Transcending Antiquated Rainwater Lending Policies

A CALL TO ACTION We can survive without electricity, but clean, reliable water is a critical resource that humans simply can’t live without.  Growing demand in underserved drought-ridden regions where municipality water infrastructure is unavailable has become problematic. The mortgage … Read More

 

Brown Discounts & Green Premium Value Trends–New Real Estate Market Emerging Risk

When it comes to high-performance building mitigating investment risk, most real estate finance investors and mortgage companies don’t get it. In fact, many lenders tend to discount (undervalue) green-high-performance projects and consider them risky investments. Antiquated lending and appraisal guideline … Read More

 

A Call to Action in 2016-Driving High Performance Building with Private Capital Markets

As we find ourselves in a new year, we are filled with new found hope and possibilities.  For those engaged in the high-performance building market, all of our pioneering efforts are being realized and a sustaining future is now possible. … Read More

 

RECAP – 2015 Green Market Initiatives and Other News

Conservatives and a few of the nation’s largest utilities companies are gathering momentum to roll back Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) in several states.  Their efforts stem from concern over net-energy payments made to utility customers who produce excess renewable (solar) … Read More

 

The Art of Setting Expectations & Transacting a Quality “Green-Loan” Deal

Lending institutions (and most of corporate America) tend to forget about the “art” of cultivating ‘trustworthy’ relationships and setting appropriate expectations with their customers and teams.    Why is this so important? There are two ultimate reasons to consider how … Read More