Higher education institutions across the globe have embarked on sustainability initiatives with great success. As part of their campus philosophy, sustainability concerns are being integrated into curriculum, policies, programs and campus design. By fostering sustainable student lifestyles, the hope of these institutions is that these enlightened young men and women will carry those behaviors and attitudes into the world to support positive environmental change.
The moment you enter a restaurant you notice how it is lit. Bright lighting sets a more casual atmosphere and dimmed lighting sets a much more intimate mood. Restaurants and hotels offer great examples of the aesthetic qualities of dimming. Dimming also is an important aesthetic feature in commercial offices, hospitals and educational facilities.
There is no doubt about it, the buildings of the future will continue to incorporate smart technologies, using automation to control and optimize operations. Today, most buildings have some level of intelligence built into individual HVAC, lighting, security or other building function however, the Internet of Things (IoT) is taking building automation and control to a new level.
In the age of online shopping, brick and motor retail needs to be an exceptional destination in order to thrive. Victoria Gate with its eye-catching architecture, high-end restaurants and boutique shops certainly fits the bill. Opened in October 2016, as part of Victoria Leeds, one of the premier shopping districts in northern England, Victoria Gate includes a glass-covered shopping mall with a mix of fashion, home and beauty shops and restaurants, and a multi-story parking garage. Victoria Gate was named ‘Best Shopping Centre in the World’ at the 2017 MIPIM Awards, an international property event hosted in Cannes, France.
The commercial real estate industry is at an inflection point as a number of parallel trends are shaping transformation in the industry.
First, the industry is moving from products to services, and ownership to access. Examples of this in other industries include buying cloud services instead of building out a data center; listening to streaming music instead of purchasing CDs; or renting a dress for a black tie wedding rather than purchasing one.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. The organization believes that the United States could reduce its energy use—by as much as 40-60% by 2050—if we are willing to embrace a more focused and aggressive approach. The organization achieves its mission by:
Tunable white light technology provides the ability to control a light source’s color temperature and intensity. It has been used to support the aesthetic design visions of a space, but today this technology is also at the forefront of health and wellness applications directly affected by light.
The number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to more than double from 46 million in 2016 to over 98 million by 2060, and the 65-and-older age group’s share of the total population will rise to nearly 24 percent from 15 percent. This aging population creates a growing demand for compassionate care options for seniors including independent living, rehab/transitional care, assisted living, memory care, and nursing home care.
Digital nomads are mostly self-employed workers who value the freedom to travel and are leveraging the power of the internet to work wherever they journey. They spend months or years abroad, changing their destination regularly, all while earning a living by working online. Often toiling in coffee shops, public libraries or co-working spaces, they work anywhere they can connect to the internet with their smartphones and laptops. The nomadic lifestyle enables them to travel in foreign countries, take advantage of global opportunities, make their own hours, experience desirable climates and enjoy a sought-after work-life balance.