Next up in Commercial Real Estate Development: The Moon!

They say, "the sky's the limit," but perhaps not for long when it comes to commercial real estate development. The valuation of real estate is based on a simple principle: there is only so much land on the surface of our planet. What if we could open up a little more land for development, even … Continue reading Next up in Commercial Real Estate Development: The Moon!

Sustainable Donuts: New internal green building certification program for Dunkin’ Donuts endorsed by UL

After my heart attack about two years ago, I have tried to limit my donut intake (instead of once a week, now it is more like once a month). Who would've ever thought that donuts could be so sustainable? The corporate overlords at Dunkin' Donuts have taken an interesting path to improving the sustainability of … Continue reading Sustainable Donuts: New internal green building certification program for Dunkin’ Donuts endorsed by UL

Do energy efficient building practices result in better feedback loops and better workmanship?

My wife and I have been lucky to have three kids that (so far) haven't ever played with fire, or knives, or consumed dangerous cleaning supplies, or anything like that. It didn't take burning down the house, stitches, or stomach pumping to teach each of them the danger inherent with certain things—a quick touch to … Continue reading Do energy efficient building practices result in better feedback loops and better workmanship?

London: Failed, fallen structural components at the Cheesegrater building prompt investigation

The Leadenhall Building at 122 Leadenhall Street in London, also known affectionately as the Cheesegrater due to its unique shape, is 47-stories tall and is the UK's 4th largest building. Featuring a cutting edge high-performance building envelope incorporating passive heating and cooling elements, 85% of its construction took place off-site, making it one of the … Continue reading London: Failed, fallen structural components at the Cheesegrater building prompt investigation

Italian scientists facing prison for failing to predict 2009 earthquake acquitted, for now…

In April of 2009, an earthquake caused extensive damage to the ancient city of L'Aquila, Italy. Relatives of people I know in that region luckily survived without injury. However, the Italian government surprised the International scientific community when it filed criminal charges against the geologists for "failing to predict the earthquake." Fortunately, the geologists were … Continue reading Italian scientists facing prison for failing to predict 2009 earthquake acquitted, for now…