Why does one market tend to have more LEED Certified buildings than another? What is the impact of vacancy rates, utility incentives, or public policies on the feasibility and economics of “going green?” In the 2011 study, Cushman & Wakefield and NEEA’s BetterBricks initiative have published the 2011 Green Building Opportunity Index – a comprehensive ranking of the top 30 U.S. markets for green buildings. The annual Green Building Opportunity Index remains the first office market assessment tool to provide weighted comparisons of top U.S. markets on the basis of both real estate fundamentals and green development considerations. Continue Reading →
In May 2011, after considering a large number of proposals, New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission recently announced that it has selected Nissan‘s NV200 as the Ford Crown Victoria‘s heir apparent as the yellow cab for New York City. This will give Nissan an exclusive 10-year contract to supply New York City taxi operators with vehicles.
At long last, Ford has managed to get its Transit Connect car-truck approved for use as a New York City taxi. But the party won’t last for long.
The Transit Connect, Ford Taurus, Nissan Altima and Chevrolet Impala have all been added to the list by the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission for use by taxi operators. But they can only be bought until Nissan starts producing its NV200 van “Taxi of Tomorrow” in October, 2013. Continue Reading →
Rafael Vinoly Architects‘ expansion of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, located at the intersection of Brooklyn Avenue and St. Marks Avenue in Crown Heights, has been certified LEED Silver, making it New York City’s first LEED-certified museum. With this recognition and its LEED Silver certification, RVA’s design for the Brooklyn Children’s Museum has proven to be both environmentally sound and enriching to its outlying community. Continue Reading →