Renewable Energy Strategies for Real Estate — On-Site Project Profile: Scaling Up On-Site Solar (Prologis)

A global owner, operator, and developer of logistics real estate, Prologis incorporates the global energy team into Prologis Essentials, a platform to help its customers (building tenants) access various services and solutions for their warehouses. This platform seeks to resolve customer pain points, from racking and forklifts to meeting renewable targets and accessing renewable energy. […]

Renewable Energy Strategies for Real Estate — Unique On-Site Solar Energy Deal Structure (LaSalle Investment Management)

LaSalle Investment Management’s LaSalle Logiport REIT (“LLR,” a real estate investment trust established in Japan, or J-REIT) has several environmental objectives, including reducing the environmental impact of its business and its client’s real estate holdings. For LLR, on-site solar energy generation is one way to increase revenue in its existing portfolio. Thirteen of the J-REIT’s […]

Park 8Ninety

Park 8Ninety is a 127-acre business park in Missouri City, Texas, just southwest of Houston. Ultimately, 1.8 million square feet of warehouse and flex space is planned, beginning with a speculatively built first phase of 439,704 square feet in three buildings with high ceilings and wide column spacing. Existing tenants include distributors and manufacturers, many serving nearby hospitals or the building trades..

The infill site has excellent highway access but had been overlooked because it was entangled by multiple utility easements that made drainage difficult. The municipality of Missouri City worked with developer Trammell Crow to implement an off-site stormwater detention strategy that raised the site’s elevation and created a new recreational lake at an adjacent city park.

Chaparral Water Treatment Facility

Located in Scottsdale, Arizona, the 76,000-square-foot (7,061-m2) Chaparral Water Treatment Facility was built to meet the current and future water demand of this desert city and Phoenix suburb. Through the use of cutting-edge technology, the facility fulfills its public mandate on a minimal footprint and lessens its impact on the neighboring community with art and sculpture that pay homage to desert life. Completed in June 2006, the result transforms a necessary community resource—typically relegated to industrial areas—into a backdrop for the bustling Chaparral Park.

Pall Italia Building

The Pall Italia Building is located in an industrial area of Buccinasco, Italy, a municipality seven kilometers (4.3 mi.) southwest of Milan. The new Italian headquarters of the Pall Corporation—a U.S.-based global company specializing in the filtration, separation, and purification of fluids for the medical and industrial fields—consists of 3,463 square meters (37,275 sq. ft.) of office space and 3,513 square meters (37,814 sq. ft.) of research laboratories on an 8.8-hectare (21.8-acre) site. One of Italy’s first green buildings, the Pall Italia Building uses a range of sustainable technologies to achieve zero on-site carbon emissions, including thermal resistant façades, innovative daylighting techniques, and renewable energy.

Village of Hope

The largest and most comprehensive housing development for the homeless in Orange County, the Village of Hope is located on a five-acre (two-hectare) site of the former Tustin Marine Corps Air Station in Tustin, California. A truly comprehensive facility, the shelter provides housing for 192 homeless men, women, and children and includes child care, health, job-training, and educational services on a single site. The product of a partnership between two nonprofits, HomeAid Orange County and the Orange County Rescue Mission, the US$33 million community asset was developed debt-free over 14 years, largely through in-kind and cash donations from homebuilders, architects, and engineers around the region.

Marina Barrage

Bridging the mouth of the marina Channel, marina Barrage creates Singapore’s 15th freshwater reservoir and its first in the heart of the city. Designed and developed by the Public Utilities Board (PUB), Singapore’s national water agency, the barrage and reservoir stand as an international model for urbanized areas. Part infrastructure project, part new urban park, Marina Barrage features an 11,000-square meter (118,400-sf) green roof, a jetty for boats to dock, a water-sports center for sailing and rowing, an exhibition gallery for public education, and commercial space for restaurants and retail use.

Since opening in 2008, Marina Barrage has welcomed more than 2 million visitors and received numerous awards for excellence in engineering and sustainability, standing as a water conservation model for urbanized, seafront cities across the globe. Singapore’s circumstances necessitated a bold and innovative solution to provide a new supply of drinking water, increased flood control, and recreational opportunities for its citizens.


A combination of the German word for energy — energie — and the name of the building material company — the Gienger group — that occupies the space, ENER[GIE]NGER is innovative retail and exhibition space that uses the latest sustainable technologies. The 2,600-square-meter (28,000-sf) space is a helix-shaped building clad entirely in solar and photovoltaic panels, glass, or metal elements. Serving as the showroom and outlet for Gienger products, the spiraling building structure forms a glittering point of attraction within an otherwise ordinary industrial park in Munich, Germany.

The Ecovillage at Currumbin

The Ecovillage at Currumbin is an innovative 110-hectare (272 ac), 144-unit residential community that showcases best practices in ecologically sustainable residential development. Conceived and implemented with minimal resources by a small group of individuals who wished to inspire improved practices in land development, the project is being developed on degraded farmland on the exurban fringe of Gold Coast City, a major resort city on Queensland’s Pacific Ocean coast. The project site is seven minutes from the shore. The developer, Landmatters Currumbin Valley Property Ltd., has rehabilitated the site and is protecting its environmental integrity and biodiversity by preserving 50 percent of it as an environmental reserve, netting 80 percent of the property as open space.

Ville Plácido Domingo

When Hurricane Paulina swept inland in October 1997, one of the hardest-hit locales was Acapulco. The all-important tourism industry was devastated for about two weeks, while the suffering experienced by the people who serviced that industry—people who lived inland in makeshift squatter housing built on hillsides, riversides, and other marginal land—lasted for months thereafter. Landslides, floods, and 290-kilometer-per-hour (180 mph) winds left 400,000 people homeless and 400 dead in Acapulco alone.

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