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So, you're approaching green as part of your mission, you're using the integrated design process, and you've tweaked the financing structure to cover the added costs. Voila! A solid green project, right? No quite. There's one more, often ignored, element...

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By now it's clear that building green is much more than adding a green roof, using solar panels, or identifying which materials will replace the standard ones. Creating a successful green project starts much earlier with the right mindset.

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This version is my creation but it sounds a lot like the mission statement of most affordable housing developers in the United States.  The absence of environmental issues in such statements...

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Much ink and paper profits have been spilt over the past few months over the financial and housing crisis.  Almost all of it has been focused on the short-term consequences of the US housing industry structurally overbuilding the wrong product...

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Esoteric, expensive, unrealistic, inspired, essential.  A decade ago, these were common reactions to combining green building and affordable housing.  Today the reaction is quite different - expressed by the now frequently repeated aphorism: we can't...

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There are many obvious reasons for the takeover of Fannie and Freddie yesterday by the Federal government.  They include shoring up under-capitalized lenders crucial to the economy and the housing market, restoring confidence in the US financial system,...

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Much pain has been experienced in the American and world economy due to the collapse of sub-prime mortgages. This slow motion car wreck has resulted in: massive commercial and investment bank write-downs, the beginning of a series of bank closings,...

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