Aerial view of Boston Massachusetts historic homes

Boston Pilot Program Funds Electrification of Small Residential Properties

Owners of small buildings can get up to $50,000 per unit to fund decarbonization retrofits.

September 25, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Man on a scaffold repairs a stucco wall.

Pennsylvania Law Ties Building Repair Loans to Affordability

A new state program provides forgivable loans for residential repairs and retrofits to landlords who don’t raise rents by more than 3 percent.

October 10, 2022 - Next City

Energy efficient canopy over building at Cornell Tech

Efficiency Retrofits Get Expanded Tax Credits Under Inflation Reduction Act

The doubled incentive could be a ‘tipping point’ for innovative construction materials that were too expensive for most projects.

August 22, 2022 - Globe St.

View (from the eastern end of 87th Terrace) of the Champlain Towers South apartment building, which partially collapsed in 2021.

D.C. Adds New Safety Requirement in Wake of Recent Collapses

A series of incidents including the fatal collapse of a condo building in Surfside, Florida have prompted the District to implement safety enhancements to its building safety review.

July 16, 2021 - DCist

Wine Country Fires

Budget Crunch Threatens California's Climate Resilience Plans

Facing a massive budget due to the declining revenues created by the coronavirus pandemic, California will have to cut a program intended to retrofit homes and roofs as a protection against wildfire, among other climate resilience programs.

June 9, 2020 - North State Public Radio

Homeless Shelter

Designing for Social Distance Requires Creative Solutions

Modular systems and flexible use of shared spaces are priorities as urban designers begin to consider how design requirements will change in the future.

May 14, 2020 - WHYY


Study: Density Better Than Retrofits for Emissions

Just because a study says density is more effective than energy system retrofits in reducing emissions, doesn't mean that we have to settle for just one.

January 23, 2017 - Grist

Northridge Earthquake, 1994

Retrofitting Vulnerable Buildings Becomes Mandatory in Earthquake Prone LA..

Decades in the making, the Los Angeles City Council has approved regulations requiring the retrofit of vulnerable wood and concrete buildings.

October 12, 2015 - Los Angeles Times

Planning for the 'Big One'—In Salt Lake City

Many people outside of Salt Lake City might not realize that the city's proximity to the Wasatch Fault puts it at risk for an earthquake likely in the range of 7.1 on the Richter scale.

October 1, 2015 - Next City

Brainstorm: What Are the Creative Uses of a Roofless Building?

Becky McCray recently posed the question: "What can you do with a roofless building?"

January 9, 2015 - Pagosa Daily Post

Green Carrot Incentivizes More Efficient Buildings; Will Owners and Utilities Bite?

Felicity Barringer looks at an innovative program being tested in Seattle to incentivize commercial property owners to undertake major energy efficiency retrofits. A partnership between skeptical building owners, investors, and utilities is key.

June 20, 2013 - The New York Times

Transit Seen as Crucial to Tysons Transformation

The ambitious plan to transform the auto-oriented D.C. suburb of Tysons Corner into vibrant, walkable Tysons will require building a culture of public transportation, and buses are seen a central piece of that effort, reports Luz Lazo.

January 16, 2013 - The Washington Post

Mall Makeovers, For Better or Worse

Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin reviews a few mall retrofits and finds that breathing life back into a dead mall can be a challenge.

June 25, 2010 - Chicago Tribune

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