February 18, 2013

Beyond Bricks & Sticks

A weekly digest of current trends in housing and community development. The discussion examines topics from infrastructure to community fabric.

New LEED revision slated as industry remains open to alternative ratings

Virginia Ranked Top State for Green Building in 2012

Cleveland company puts brighter face on blight

Serving Rural America

In Search of 'Eldertopia'

What America's Most Vulnerable Need: A Bill of Rights for the Homeless

Affordable and Luxurious Housing Come Hand in Hand in Vienna

YouTube Tips for Nonprofits


General Housing


New LEED revision slated as industry remains open to alternative ratings

(RECAP: As the U.S. Green Building Council readies the fourth iteration of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system and a host of updates to the program, some insiders say the market for green building certifications is primed for new competition.)
http://mibiz.com/news/design-build/item/20403-new-leed-revision-slated-as-industry-remains-open-to-alternative-ratings

Virginia Ranked Top State for Green Building in 2012

(RECAP: The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released their annual ranking of the Top 10 states for new LEED certification, with Virginia ranking as the top state for LEED certifications in 2012. Virginia topped the list with a total of 170 projects certified in 2012 and just under 30,000,000 square feet of LEED space.)
http://www.jrgbc.org/virginia-top-state-for-green-building-in-2012/

Community Investment


Cleveland company puts brighter face on blight

(RECAP: Once SecureView is installed, the property no longer appears vacant and no longer visually contributes to the neighborhood blight. Check out this latest innovation to boarding up abandoned houses.)
http://www.housingwire.com/rewired/2013/02/01/cleveland-company-puts-brighter-face-blight



Housing with Services


In Search of 'Eldertopia'

(RECAP: Most American housing stock wasn’t built to grow (or shrink) with us as our needs evolve. But cutting edge strategies for aging-in-place are coming from an unlikely source: the university classroom.) http://www.theatlanticcities.com/design/2013/01/how-build-eldertopia/4514/

What America's Most Vulnerable Need: A Bill of Rights for the Homeless

(RECAP: The Homeless Bill of Rights, passed last June in Rhode Island and currently being considered in three more states, is a strategy advocates plan to use to force cities across the country into moving the discussion away from homelessness as a public nuisance and toward solutions to homelessness.)
http://www.alternet.org/poverty/what-americas-most-vulnerable-need-bill-rights-homeless


Neighborhood Transformation


Affordable and Luxurious Housing Come Hand in Hand in Vienna

(RECAP: Vienna has figured out how to offer high-quality apartments with low-cost rent and renters' rights that would be unheard of in the United States. Advocates say it's a model worth examining.)
http://www.governing.com/topics/economic-dev/gov-affordable-luxurious-housing-in-vienna.html

Strengthening Capacity


YouTube Tips for Nonprofits

(RECAP: To succeed as a nonprofit, organizers must expand visibility of their brand. Highly underutilized but incredibly effective, YouTube allows nonprofits to get the word out and engage a mass audience.)
http://www.speakupforchange.ca/youtube-tips-for-nonprofits/

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