SDC Talks

SDC Talks is an initiative created by the Sustainable Development Committee (SDC) as a repository for thought leadership facilitated and/or generated by the members of SDC.  The goal of SDC Talks is to provide relevant and applicable pieces on sustainability topics within the context of commercial real estate.  If NAIOP members have a topic they would like to learn about through SDC Talks, please send all requests to Jim Landau or Andrea Hidalgo for review.


How Washington, D.C., hotels are embracing sustainability

author: Aurora Dawn Reinke, founder of Astrapto

The 5 Green-Key rated Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C., was the perfect setting for an event titled "Checking In as the Hospitality Industry Embraces Sustainability," hosted on March 30. The event, sponsored by the DC|MD chapter of NAIOP’s Sustainable Development Committee and the USGBC National Capital Region chapter, hosted three panelists who left no doubt that now is the time to pursue sustainability in hotels.  Click here to read the full article.



Why Google Makes Indoor Air Quality a Top Priority

author: Anna Buglaeva, Aquicore

Indoor air quality (IAQ) has been a popular green topic for decades, though few of us on the Tenant and Landlord sides feel empowered to take charge and make a change in our own buildings. Yet with increasingly longer hours that we spend indoors, this should be a top priority. Poor IAQ is estimated to cost the US from $12 to $125 billion (including medical cost) per year due to loss of productivity and missed work (US DOE). Click here to read the full article.



2nd Voices on Resilience Speaker Event Pushes the DC Region to ask “What can we be resilient to?”

author: Jessica Long,Sustainability Manager at JBG, Co-Chair of the 2015 Greenbuild Host Committee

On Thursday October 22, members of the DC green building community gathered for an engaging program focused on building for resilience in our communities.  The session featured a presentation from new SDC member Greg Mella of SmithGroupJJR and was summarized in this article on the USGBC-NCR blog by SDC member Jessica Long of The JBG Companies. Click here to read the full article.


BIM after Construction

author: John Mangan AIA, President Mangan Group Architects


This project involved the building of a new law center including classrooms and a conference space in a building that was originally built as an office building. The original building had no street presence on Massachusetts Avenue. The architect’s vision of opening not only the façade, but the floors to create a dramatic entry and gathering space was much easier to understand with the use of the BIM.  Click here to read the full article.



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