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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Photo: Dcoetzee via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Dcoetzee via Wikimedia Commons

October 03, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The California Energy Commission launched the upgrade process to Title 24, the state energy code, last month.

Photo: Oikos-team via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Oikos-team via Wikimedia Commons

October 03, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The Urban Land Institute held brainstorming sessions over the last several months involving more than 70 engineers, architects, and development and...

October 03, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Fannie Mae’s new report on energy usage in the multifamily sector found that affordable properties use 28% less energy per unit and are 29% smaller...

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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All renderings courtesy Herzog & de Meuron and Ian Schrager Company, the project

All renderings courtesy Herzog & de Meuron and Ian Schrager Company, the project's developer.

October 03, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Herzog & de Meuron will partner with interior designer John Pawson to design a 28-story tower for Manhattan's Bowery district. The majority of...

Image: Thomas Pintaric via Wikimedia Commons

Image: Thomas Pintaric via Wikimedia Commons

October 03, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Los Angeles reversed course last month on a regulation that had barred skyscrapers from having slanted roofs or spires.

Photo: James G. Howes via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: James G. Howes via Wikimedia Commons

October 03, 2014 | BD+C Staff

A record 10.7 billion rides were taken on public transit in the United States last year. And a national survey of Americans finds that the speed, r...

The Sydney Opera House was 1,357% over budget and completed 10 years past deadli

The Sydney Opera House was 1,357% over budget and completed 10 years past deadline. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

October 02, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Montreal's Olympic Stadium and the Sydney Opera House are among the landmark projects to bust their budgets, according to a new interactive graph b...

Infographic courtesy Pop Chart Lab

Infographic courtesy Pop Chart Lab

October 02, 2014 | BD+C Staff

From the Parthenon to the Burj Khalifa, a new infographic and poster from Pop Chart Lab chronicles 90 of the greatest works of architecture since p...

October 02, 2014 | USGBC

Each of these neighborhood redevelopment projects are notable for their planned affordable housing, compact design, commitment to green building an...

Rendering of new office for NAC|Architecture, Los Angeles. Courtesy of NAC|Archi

Rendering of new office for NAC|Architecture, Los Angeles. Courtesy of NAC|Architecture.

October 02, 2014 | NAC|Architecture

The combined firm has offices in California, Colorado, and Washington, and offers a wide range of services, from landscape architecture and graphic...

Renderings courtesy of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange

Renderings courtesy of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange

October 02, 2014 | Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange

Johnson Fain and Rios Clementi Hale Studios have been commissioned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange to upgrade the all-glass church in Garde...

Katzen Arts Center, American University, Washington, D.C., designed by EYP. Phot

Katzen Arts Center, American University, Washington, D.C., designed by EYP. Photo: courtesy EYP

October 01, 2014 | EYP

The merger unites 530 professionals to better address some of the most critical issues facing our nation, namely education, healthcare, and energy....

October 01, 2014 | Getty Foundation

Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House and Jørn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House are among the buildings to receive grants.

October 01, 2014 | LaCantina Doors

LaCantina Doors selected for Most Innovative Window and Best Industry Website

September 30, 2014 | Stephen Powell and Magnus Nilsson, CBRE Healthcare

Implementing collocation via the Big Room concept will remove silos, ensure a cadence for daily communication, promote collaboration, and elevate y...

September 30, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Scientists at MIT have found a way to decrease the carbon emissions that result from concrete production: reducing the ratio of calcium to the sili...

September 30, 2014 | BD+C Staff

In August, Simon Fraser University's community think tank, SFU Public Square, launched the RISE competition to find creative solutions to a difficu...

Century Villages at Cabrillo in Long Beach, Calif., is one of 11 projects select

Century Villages at Cabrillo in Long Beach, Calif., is one of 11 projects selected to receive a $31,000 grant from Bank of Ameri

September 30, 2014 | USGBC

Eleven projects have been selected for the 2014 Affordable Green Neighborhoods grant program. Each will receive $31,000 and an educational package...

September 30, 2014 | MBCI

The new, responsive site is designed with the contractor, architect and specification writing professionals in mind and showcases a number of innov...

The 200-meter mixed-use high-rise will be located near Jrn Utzon's iconic Opera

The 200-meter mixed-use high-rise will be located near Jrn Utzon's iconic Opera House. Renderings courtesy 3XN

September 30, 2014 | BD+C Staff

By dividing the 200-meter building into five separate volumes and placing atria throughout each volume, the spaces become smaller, more intimate so...

The agency intends to use BIM as a life cycle tool where the models are maintain

Top Level Facility Life Cycle Process MapThe agency intends to use BIM as a life cycle tool where the models are maintained and

September 30, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command will begin its Building Information Management and Modeling (BIM) Phased Implementation Plan in Octob...

One Sansome Street, San Francisco. Photo: Minesweeper via Wikimedia Commons

One Sansome Street, San Francisco. Photo: Minesweeper via Wikimedia Commons

September 30, 2014 | BD+C Staff

One Sansome Street, San Francisco is the first building in the U.S. to achieve LEED Platinum v4 certification. The building is also only the second...

September 30, 2014 | BD+C Staff

A new report from the World Green Building Council finds “overwhelming evidence” to support office design as a significant influencer of the health...

Photo: Riisipuuro via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Riisipuuro via Wikimedia Commons

September 29, 2014 | BD+C Staff

New York enacted a new law that could make firefighting a bit safer by mandating property owners inform government and first-responders when they b...

Renderings courtesy Snhetta

Renderings courtesy Snhetta

September 29, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The competition-winning New Central Library is now in the final design stages, after two years of community engagement on the part of design firms...

Rendering of Hy-Fi, winner of the Bronze Award. Image courtesy Holcim Foundation

Rendering of Hy-Fi, winner of the Bronze Award. Image courtesy Holcim Foundation.

September 29, 2014 | Holcim Foundation

The 13 Holcim Award winners for North America illustrate how sustainable construction continues to evolve.

Renderings courtesy Atelier Jean Nouvel

Renderings courtesy Atelier Jean Nouvel

September 25, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Of the design, Nouvel describes it as inspired by the simplicity of “a single brush stroke.” 

September 25, 2014 | Zumtobel Group Award

The system uses the bio-chemical process of photosynthesis to absorb CO2 emissions, while cultivating microalgae to generate biomass and heat as re...

CSHQA office, Boise, Idaho. Photo: Nichiha

CSHQA office, Boise, Idaho. Photo: Nichiha

September 25, 2014 | Nichiha Sponsored Content

When it came time for CSHQA, an award-winning, full-service architecture and engineering firm, to move office locations, they didn’t need to look f...

September 25, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Aarhus Island will be a waterside development in Denmark's second-largest city. The mixed-use development will implement Ingels' signature angled l...

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