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Articles about Green Practices


Residential | April 2015 
Going Green From the Roots Up
Today, more and more companies are going green by reducing their carbon footprints and eliminating waste in their production processes. Although mortgage companies may not need to deal with industrial...
By Chip Poli, founder and CEO, Poli Mortgage Group Inc.

Commercial | April 2015 
Green Practices Gain Ground
Sustainable building practices aren’t merely a fad, as forward-thinking state and local policies continue to demand greener initiatives. In today’s culture, Americans are bombarded with slogans and ad...
By Odell Murry, president, MAI Financial Services Inc.

Commercial | April 2015 
Climb Up to Energy Efficiency
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the combined annual energy cost for U.S. commercial buildings exceeds $100 billion, and 30 percent of this energy is used inefficiently or ...
By Glenn Adams, national director of energy services, AEI Consultants

Commercial | August 2004 
Mold Impact on State Laws Could Mean Double Jeopardy for Lenders
The pandemic of mold litigation spreading in the commercial and residential real estate industries has compelled lenders to protect their mortgage portfolios, but that may not be enough.  Lender li...
By Charles L. Perry Jr., founder and principal, Environmental Assurance Group

Commercial | February 2004 
Making Green Communities Work
Throughout the nation, the building and community development sectors of the real estate industry are looking more seriously at incorporating “Green” solutions into their projects. Of course, all of t...
By Steve Kellenberg, principal, EDAW

Commercial | January 2005 
City of Pleasanton’s Central Park
 As urbanization continues to change the course and character of development occurring in the major city centers of California, traditional thinking about what types of parks and open space should ...
By Leslee Temple, vice president and CFO, NUVIS Landscape Architecture and Planning

Commercial | January 2006 
Scoping the Scene: 2006’s Key Real Estate Issues
Property taxes, energy prices and transportation concerns continue to be among the most-prominent issues impacting the commercial real estate industry. Across the nation, these costly facts of life ...
By Jeffrey Greenberg, principal, Heritage Management Co.

Commercial | August 2007 
Get More Green(backs)
Commercial mortgage brokers and lenders are in a unique position today. We’re no longer just engineering solutions and facilitating financing opportunities; we’re also acting as catalysts for positi...
By Richard Zahm, director, Covendium

Commercial | April 2007 
Q&A: Tom Hicks, U.S. Green Building Council
Since 2000, the U.S. Green Building Council has certified projects’ energy and environmental impact using its LEED rating system. With more than 82 million square feet of new commercial buildings n...
By Melinda Young, associate editor, Scotsman Guide Media, Inc

Commercial | December 2008 
Get to the Heart of Your Deals with Details
Commercial mortgage borrowers and brokers today are seeing traditional financing sources dry up or disappear. Funding for new projects and the expansion of current projects, however, is necessary fo...
By Milton Franklin, founder and president, Commercial Mortgage Exchange Inc.

Residential | October 2008 
It’s Getting Easier to Be Green
Higher energy prices are changing many homebuyer habits. Mortgage brokers should take note of these developing trends, including the resurrection of the energy-efficient mortgage (EEM). ...
By Paul W. Birkeland, founder and president, Integrated Renewable Energy

Residential | September 2008 
Going Green, Gaining Green
In a world of accelerating energy costs, the energy-efficient mortgage (EEM) has become a timely lending tool. Not only does it address growing concerns about energy use and its impact on the enviro...
By Joel Baral, co-founder, Modern Earth EEM Processing; and Jeff Bricmont, co-founder, Modern Earth EEM Processing

Residential | August 2008 
When Something’s in the Air
Radon, mold and lead-based paint are well-known environmental problems in residential properties. They pose known health risks to occupants and are commonly evaluated during home inspections. ...
By Derek Ezovski, president and CEO, Outsourced Risk Management Solutions (ORMS) LLC

Commercial | July 2008 
Adjust Your Focus to Prosper
We’re surrounded by bad news. But while fewer loans are fundable now than at the same time in 2007, it’s important to recognize that opportunities still exist and that lenders are looking for smart ...
By Richard Zahm, director, Covendium

Commercial | May 2008 
Energy Takes Center Stage
The current financial market will likely settle down eventually. When it does, though, we’ll still be left with a central issue that won’t go away, one to which commercial brokers and bankers must p...
By Richard Zahm, director, Covendium


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