5 intriguing trends to track in the multifamily housing game

The upper lobby in the apartment building ECO, one of eight buildings in the Green District complex in Allston, Mass. Common areas in multifamily buildings, especially those charging higher rents, often look more like lobbies found in hotels. Photo: Warren Jagger

Multifamily Housing | January 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Demand for rental apartments and condos hasn’t been this strong in years, and our experts think the multifamily sector still has legs. But you have to know what developers, tenants, and buyers are looking for to have any hope of succeeding in this fast-changing market sector.

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5 intriguing trends to track in the multifamily housing game

The upper lobby in the apartment building ECO, one of eight buildings in the Green District complex in Allston, Mass. Common areas in multifamily buildings, especially those charging higher rents, often look more like lobbies found in hotels. Photo: Warren Jagger

Multifamily Housing | January 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Demand for rental apartments and condos hasn’t been this strong in years, and our experts think the multifamily sector still has legs. But you have...

20% down?!! Survey exposes how thin renters’ wallets are

Situated in Houston’s historic Hines Market Square district is a 32-story luxury tower that will be home to 274 residents. Most of the multifamily that’s being built in the U.S. is rental, and much of it is in or near urban centers where both young and older renters and empty nesters are gravitating. Photo: courtesy Ziegler Cooper

Multifamily Housing | January 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A survey of more than 25,000 adults found the renters to be more burdened by debt than homeowners and severely short of emergency savings.

Production builders are still shying away from rental housing

Trumark Urban’s 27-condo Amero, in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow neighborhood, features a rooftop terrace with a striking fireplace. Photo: ©Christopher Mayer Photography

Multifamily Housing | January 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Toll Brothers, Lennar, and Trumark are among a small group of production builders to engage in construction for rental customers. 

Morton Buildings is the national leader in custom post-frame construction. With an expansive network of resources and an ongoing commitment to innovation within the industry, Morton has earned its reputation that has lasted for generations.

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The 4 leadership behaviors that really matter McKinsey & Company

Using a comprehensive list of 20 distinct leadership traits, McKinsey surveyed 189,000 people in 81 diverse organizations around the world.

Building Team | January 30, 2015 | Steven Burns |

It includes seeking diverse perspectives and supporting others.

Investment in nonresidential structures expands in fourth quarter

In the fourth quarter of 2014, investment in nonresidential structures increased 2.6%. Photo credit: Associated Builders & Contractors

January 30, 2015 | Associated Builders & Contractors

Real gross domestic product expanded 2.6% during the fourth quarter of 2014, following a 5% increase in the third quarter.

Want greater energy savings? The answer is on your roof

A recent study compared the possible energy savings of metal vs. asphalt roofs by doing field testing on an asphalt shingle roof and a stone-coated metal shake roof.

Metals | January 30, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

A recent study finds that metal roofs can cut energy costs.

Photography exhibit captures 60 of BIG's projects from hottest to coldest places on Earth

Hot to Cold: an odyssey of architectural adaptation takes visitors on a journey across the globe to explore the forces that shape our cities and buildings. Photo credit: BIG

Architects | January 30, 2015 | Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

The Hot to Cold exhibit encompasses 60 of BIG’s recent projects captured by Iwan Baan´s masterful photography. 

Mega medical complex opens in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood

About $600 million of the complex’s $1.5 billion cost was raised from private donors. All photos: Mark Citret via Flickr 

Healthcare Facilities | January 30, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor 

The new UCSF Medical Center is actually three hospitals in one.

5 crucial lessons from moving BIM/VDC workflows to the cloud

Illustration: Autodesk

BIM and Information Technology | January 29, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Early adopters of cloud-based model collaboration share what they learned in overcoming their toughest hurdles.

With the Lego X system, users can transfer the forms they’ve created with legos into real-time digital files.

When a physical block is moved, its interface "twin" does the exact same thing. Screenshot from Lego X.

BIM and Information Technology | January 29, 2015 | BD+C Staff

With the Lego X system, users can transfer the forms they’ve created with legos into real-time digital files.

5 predictions for the multifamily sector in 2015

Real estate expert Brian Carlock of PwC foresees an ongoing shortage of affordable multifamily housing units. Photo: Scott Ehardt via Wikimedia Commons

Multifamily Housing | January 29, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Brian Carlock of PwC expects more younger adults to get into the game, despite continuing affordability issues.

Breaking out of the box: Pirbright Institute’s radical approach to biocontainment facility design

Warm materials, splashes of color, pleasing proportions, and lively design elements combine to create an informal, nonscientific aesthetic for the facility. The lab wings are clad in Siberian larch timber articulated by punched windows with colorful surrounds. Photo: © Dan Schwalm, courtesy HDR Architecture

Public Health Labs | January 29, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

The novel scheme turns the typical containment lab building inside out, placing the high-containment spaces at the perimeter to provide researchers...

Photo: Infrogmation via Wikimedia Commons

The National Institute of Building Sciences estimates the retrofit market for small commercial buildings at $35.6 billion. Photo: Infrogmation via Wikimedia Commons

Office Building Design | January 28, 2015 | David Barista |

The real opportunity for shrinking the nation’s energy footprint lies in the mundane world of small commercial buildings, writes BD+C's David Baris...

An urban wind and solar energy system that may actually work

The system sits at the edge of a building's roof, generating wind and solar energy. Images courtesy of Anerdgy.

Energy Efficiency | January 28, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The system was designed to take advantage of a building's air flow and generate energy even if its in the middle of a city.

January 28, 2015 | Inside Video Series
In this new exclusive video series, we have a look "Inside" Valspar and take you behind-the-scenes to peer int...
Henning Larsen designs an opera house that slopes above a lake in China

Renderings courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects

Cultural Facilities | January 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Henning Larsen, the firm behind the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen, releases plans of a latticed opera house on a lake.

Multifamily construction, focused on rentals, expected to slow in the coming years

NAHB's forecast shows multifamily starts reaching 358,000 units in 2015, or only 1.7% more than last year. Photo: Estormiz via Wikimedia Commons

Multifamily Housing | January 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

New-home purchases, which recovered strongly in 2014, indicate that homeownership might finally be making a comeback.

London goes through with Foggo Associates' "can of ham" building

Renderings courtesy Foggo Associates.

Office Building Design | January 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The much delayed high-rise development at London’s 60-70 St. Mary Axe resembles a can of ham, and the project's architects are embracing the playfu...

Arriscraft delivers wow factor for the University of Wyoming’s remarkable Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center

Designed by Pappas & Pappas Architects and DLR Group, the center combines the traditional with the contemporary and provides a spectacularly visual venue, which incorporates welcome areas, offices, ballrooms, conference rooms, exhibits, and more. Photo: Arriscraft

January 26, 2015 | Arriscraft

The state-of-the art Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center successfully fuses the university’s time-honored brand qualities with a leading-edge technol...

Seattle gets a peak at Amazon’s latest plans for its downtown complex

Renderings courtesy Graphite Design Group

Office Building Design | January 26, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The online retailer is seeking permits to build on a fourth city block that would include 835,200 sf of office space.

A revitalized solar roof for San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall

A Duro-Last roof is ideal for solar panels. Photo: Duro-Last

Roofing | January 26, 2015 | Duro-Last Roofing

White thermoplastic PVC roof system fits the bill for rooftop solar installation project at famed concert hall.

Cleaning up campus – Solar success university-wide

In the winter of 2013, Panasonic designed and installed a 498 kW solar module arrangement, support structures, and performance monitoring system to provide clean energy power generation to two research facilities and surrounding buildings on CU-Boulder’s campus. Photo: Panasonic Eco Solutions

Green | January 26, 2015 | Panasonic Eco Solutions

A historically progressive campus known as a leader in climate and energy research, the University of Colorado Boulder is always looking for new wa...

MVRDV designs twisty skyscraper to grace Vienna's skyline

Renderings courtesy MVRDV

Mixed-Use | January 26, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The twist maximizes floor space and decreases the amount of shadows the building will cast on the surrounding area.

January 22, 2015 | AIA

The American Institute of Architects reported the December ABI score was 52.2, up from a mark of 50.9 in November. This score reflects an increase...

Photo: Terence Wiki via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Terence Wiki via Wikimedia Commons

Multifamily Housing | January 22, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Investors bet big time on demand for rental properties over homeownership in 2014, when sales of apartment buildings hit a record $110.1 billion, o...

January 21, 2015 | Autodesk

Schneider Electric has announced the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding, which states that Schneider Electric and Autodesk plan to collabor...

Rendering courtesy Tesla

Rendering courtesy Tesla

January 21, 2015 | John Caulfield

Tesla Motors’ “gigafactory,” a $5 billion project on 980 acres in Sparks, Nev., could annually produce enough power for 500,000 electric cars.

3D Printer, Building, Multifamily, China
Modular Building | January 21, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The building components were prefabricated piece by piece using a printer that is 7 meters tall, 10 meters wide, and 40 meters long. 

Crystalline Amethyst Hotel Rendering NL Architects
January 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Dutch practice NL Architects designed a proposal for a chain of hotels shaped like a rock cut in half to reveal a gemstone inside. 

No. 1 Undershaft, London, Avery Associates, tower
January 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The 270-meter tower, dubbed the No. 1 Undershaft, will stand next to the city's "Cheesegrater" building.

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