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: Pacific Northwest Regional Architecture via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Pacific Northwest Regional Architecture via Wikimedia Commons

January 26, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The expansion of a tax-abatement program for green roofs under New York state law doubles the previous maximum benefit of $100,000, adds new plant...

Yale School of Management, Edward P. Evans Hall. All images: Foster + Partners.

Yale School of Management, Edward P. Evans Hall. All images: Foster + Partners.

January 24, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Edward P. Evans Hall, the new home of the Yale School of Management, has opened for business. The 242,000-sf facility was designed by Foster + Part...

Multiple factors are driving a positive prediction for commercial construction in 2014. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

January 24, 2014 | Reed Construction Data

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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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A new report suggests strategies for effective multifamily residential developme

A new report suggests strategies for effective multifamily residential development. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

January 24, 2014 | Urban Land Institute / Enterprise Community Partners

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3 Civic Plaza, Vancouver, BC, paved the way for a partnership between ZGF and Co

3 Civic Plaza, Vancouver, BC, paved the way for a partnership between ZGF and Cotter Architects.

January 24, 2014 |

ZGF has announced the formal establishment of a Vancouver, British Columbia, presence in partnership with Cotter Architects.

ACI 318, a structural concrete standard, will be revised. Photo: Wikimedia Commo

ACI 318, a structural concrete standard, will be revised. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

January 24, 2014 |

The American Concrete Institute (...

Photo: Icade via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Icade via Wikimedia Commons

January 23, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Proposed legislation to further regulate the building of micro apartments has triggered appeals from community activists concerned that fire safety...

January 23, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The Pennsylvania Department of Education owes about $1 billion to numerous school districts for about 350 state-approved renovation and constructio...

January 23, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Tests showed winds can cause photovoltaic panels to destroy waterproof membranes. 

January 23, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Some 1,500 concrete structures built in Los Angeles before 1980 could be vulnerable to earthquakes, according to University of California researche...

January 23, 2014 | National Institute of Building Sciences

The National Institute of Building Sciences honored its 2013 award winners at an Annual Reception and Awards Banquet held Wednesday, January 8, dur...

January 23, 2014 | SMPS

The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) is accepting entries for its 37th Annual Marketing Communications Awards (MCA) competition....

All images  Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture/photographs by Namgoong Sun

All images Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture/photographs by Namgoong Sun.

January 23, 2014 | Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

The 50-story tower features a unique, angled building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) exterior designed to maximize the amount of energy collected....

 James Ewing / OTTO

James Ewing / OTTO

January 22, 2014 | Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

The New School's vertical campus in Manhattan houses multiple functions, including labs, design studios, a library, and student residences, in a 16...

January 22, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The temporary pavilion for Russian telecom operator MegaFon will be wrapped with a massive digital "pin screen" that will morph into the shape of a...

Photo: Tim Evanson via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Tim Evanson via Wikimedia Commons

January 22, 2014 | AIA

The AIA's Architecture Billings Index dipped for the second consecutive month in December—the first consecutive months of contraction since May and...

Renderings courtesy Foster + Partners, Comcast Corp.

Renderings courtesy Foster + Partners, Comcast Corp.

January 21, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The British architect last week unveiled his scheme for the $1.2 billion, 59-story Comcast Innovation and Technology Center, planned adjacent to th...

January 21, 2014 | Dur-A-Flex

Dur-A-Flex, Inc., a leading manufacturer of commercial, industrial and institutional seamless, resinous flooring, has released Accelera Fast Track...

At 1,166 feet, the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai Tower 2 was the tallest build

At 1,166 feet, the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai Tower 2 was the tallest building completed in 2013. Photo: JW Marriott

January 21, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Last year was the second-busiest ever in terms of 200-meter-plus building completions, with 73 towers, according to a report by the Council on Tall...

January 20, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The conference and exposition will take place September 29-October 1, 2014, at North America’s largest LEED Gold-certified hotel, the Holiday Inn C...

This Usonian house will be moved to Arkansas to prevent flood damage. Images: Ta

This Usonian house will be moved to Arkansas to prevent flood damage. Images: Tarantino Studio / Courtesy Crystal Bridges

January 17, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Numerous architectural experts have concluded that moving the Bachman Wilson House offers its best hope for long-term survival.

Twenty- and 40-ft shipping containers were used to create an office building for

Twenty- and 40-ft shipping containers were used to create an office building for a shipping-container specialist. All photos by

January 17, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Australian firm Royal Wolf has put its money where its mouth is by creating an...

The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building is Frank Gehry's first project in Sydney. All ima

The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building is Frank Gehry's first project in Sydney. All images courtesy Gehry Partners LLP.

January 17, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building at the University of Technology, Sydney, will mark Frank Gehry's debut project in the Australian metro.

Future price escalation, in order to capture increasing margins, will be higher

Future price escalation, in order to capture increasing margins, will be higher than normal labor and material cost growth. Lagg

January 16, 2014 | Gilbane Building Company

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January 16, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The new version addresses recent changes in federal contracting.

January 16, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Despite misleading media reports, January 1 did not mark a ban on the manufacture or import of 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent bulbs.

January 16, 2014 | BD+C Staff

There are 71 new LEED Interpretations, including 65 for Homes and Multifamily Midrise.

January 16, 2014 | BD+C Staff

ASHRAE Standard 169, Climatic Data for Building Design Standards, now includes climatic data for 5,564 locations throughout the world.

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January 16, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Recent winners of the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge include a brick made from bacterial byproducts and insulation created from agri...

The Center for Energy Efficient Design, an award-winning ZNE learning laboratory

The Center for Energy Efficient Design, an award-winning ZNE learning laboratory for middle school students in Rocky Mount, Va.,

January 15, 2014 | New Buildings Institute

The New Buildings Institute's 2014 Getting to Zero Status report includes an interactive map detailing the net-zero energy buildings that have been...

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