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De Young Properties and ConSol Announce Largest CA Zero Energy Community

“To reach California’s ambitious climate and energy goals, we must push past status quo thinking to get the most out of each construction investment,” said Commissioner Andrew McAllister, the Energy Commission’s lead on energy efficiency and buildings. “Research projects like De Young’s RidgeView create new possibilities for building affordable, sustainable and comfortable homes in the real world.”

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Soaring Growth of Urban Neighborhoods Shows Transformation into Highly Diverse, Distinct Areas Says New Urban Land Institute Report

“Our cities are evolving into places that are more diverse and more interesting than ever, with a mix of neighborhoods defined by distinct characteristics that are drawing different residents and workers for different reasons,” said ULI Terwilliger Center Founder and Chairman J. Ronald Terwilliger. “There are very few urban areas in which housing is not mixed in or very close to commercial uses. This has significant implications for development going forward – particularly affordable housing — in terms of building cities that are livable and attainable to people in a broad income range.”

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AVRP Skyport’s Howard Blackson, III, CNU-A, Helps Lead National New Urbanism Conference

AVRP Skyport’s Urban Design Studio Director, Howard Blackson, III, CNU-A, was recently invited to speak at the 26th Annual Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) in Savannah, GA.  The May 16-19 conference brought together over 1,500 people from around the world for education, collaboration, and discussion on how to make great places.  Based out of Washington, DC, CNU is an international nonprofit organization aiming to create vibrant and walkable places where people have diverse options for how they live, work, go, and shop.

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New Research: Better Cities, Better Climate – Better Returns on Investment?

New research from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the Coalition for Urban Transitions, supported by a consortium of leading global real estate investors and managers, shows that well-designed, compact cities are better for investors as well as citizens and the environment. Entitled Supporting Smart Urban Development: Successful investing in density, the report finds that cities with “good density”—dense development that is thoughtfully designed to promote a high quality of life—may be more resilient and prosperous in the long term. According to the report, these cities are more likely to provide higher risk-adjusted real estate investment returns than cities without “good density”. It marks the first-ever study attempting to quantify the impact of quality of place on real estate investment returns.

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Sustainable Designs at Three Freehold Communities Are Finalists in 2018 Gold Nugget Awards

Freehold Communities, has received five Awards of Merit (the top vote recipients) by 2018 Gold Nugget Awards for three masterplans that include major sustainable components. PCBC’s Gold Nugget Awards are presented annually to innovators in design, planning and development. The competition is open to builders, developers, architects, and land planners with communities and projects across the United States and internationally.

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