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10/14/2013

Report Examines Building Reuse in Los Angeles

 
New report examines building reuse in Los Angeles.

With over 10 million square feet of vacant space in Los Angeles’ urban core, the solution to meeting housing and office demand might appear to be clear cut. But a new report from Learning from Los Angeles, developed by the Partnership for Building reuse, sheds light on the many barriers to building reuse, including inflexible and outdated zoning regulations.

The report offers strong recommendations to promote building reuse in Los Angeles. These include modernizing the city’s zoning regulations, streamlining city approval processes, and promoting the economic, social and environmental benefits of recycling exiting buildings. The partnership will expand into four other cities nationwide in 2014.

“Los Angeles has a great track record of reusing existing buildings,” said James Lindberg, planning director at the National Trust’s Preservation Green Lab. “With the revitalization of downtown gaining momentum and new transit corridors developing, the city is poised to become an innovative national leader in sustainable development and building reuse.”

Passage of the Los Angeles Adaptive Reuse Ordinance (ARO) in 1999 has demonstrated the benefits of reusing vacant buildings. More than 60 downtown buildings have been rehabilitated through the ARO, creating space for 14,000 new residents and helping to spur new infill construction that has swelled the downtown population from 18,000 to over 50,000 today. But with an estimated 500,000 jobs downtown, there is still plenty of demand for additional housing, creative office space, hotel rooms, retail outlets, and entertainment and cultural venues.

"The ARO showed how removing regulatory barriers can unlock the potential of older buildings," said Tom Gilmore, of Gilmore Associates, the first developer to use the ARO. "Now we have the opportunity to take this a step further.”

The report can be downloaded on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s website.

 

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08/29/2014

New tool from FEMA helps facility managers prepare for and mitigate the effects of nonstructural earthquake damage. 

08/28/2014

Is your building's exterior prepared for consistent snowstorms?

08/27/2014

Researchers have developed wearable, customizable technology to handle access control at busy hotels. 

08/26/2014

A new study shows that hotels which are LEED certified bring in more revenue than their non-certified competitors. 

08/25/2014

Policies designed to reduce carbon emissions have the added benefit of increasing air quality, which could pay for the reduction policies themselves. 

08/22/2014

Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a luminescent solar concentrator that is as transparent as glass. 

08/21/2014

The Department of Energy has released two reports which indicate wind turbine installations and efficiency is growing while prices drop. 

08/20/2014

The NHL has partnered with the NRDC to release their first sustainability report. 

08/19/2014

A new battery has been developed that is free of toxic materials and longer lasting than its more expensive competitors.

08/14/2014

A new study shows that emergency communications that don't specify the threat could be doing more harm than good.

08/13/2014

Natural light's benefits to workers extend far beyond the workday.

08/12/2014

Will a "Little Box" change the future of electricity?

08/07/2014

Could your building withstand an F3 tornado repeatedly?

08/06/2014

Make sure your conference room is properly outfitted with a projection system that meets your occupants' needs.

08/04/2014

The update to the Building Energy Quotient program includes more building types and a new methodology to measure "In Operation" buildings.

07/31/2014

Improper lockdown security may leave your building and occupants vulnerable

07/29/2014

Is the American energy policy lagging behind the rest of the world?

07/22/2014

How to keep building occupants safe during the hot season.

07/21/2014

Spaces grow denser as the industry emerges from a slump.

07/18/2014

Study ranks states on fuel and consumption.

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