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by Jodi Summers California’s green protocols will continue to influence green building. January 2017 will see the application of “Title 24,” building energy efficiency standards set forth by the California Energy Commission. The updated building energy efficiency should cut regulated energy use in new homes by 28% and save consumers $31 a month compared to […]

too late to retrofit

by Jodi Summers As if the apartment rental situation in Los Angeles is not tenuous enough for you…just wait…the first phase of the city’s massive earthquake retrofitting project is about to begin. The Department of Building and Safety has compiled the official list of apartment buildings most at risk of collapse, landlords get notice in […]

LED lightbulb

edited by Jodi Summers Americans’ energy-conservation efforts -from switching bulbs to upgrading washing machines and air conditioners – have done more to reduce carbon emissions than the increased use of solar, wind and natural gas. Wait, this gets easier folks…metrics pouring in from utility and power grid managers in the U.S. are concluding that the […]

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by Jodi Summers The U.S. homeownership rate reached a national high of 69.2% in the fourth quarter of 2004 and was as high as 68.2% in 2Q 2007 before beginning its decline. According to the Census Bureau, the rate is currently sitting around 64.4% – its lowest level since 1995. It has fallen in four […]

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by Jodi Summers Millennials and home ownership. Those terms have been non-sequiturs for a while…but all that is changing. Currently, 67% of all Millennials say they can’t afford to buy. According to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Study, 90% of Millennials moved out of family home between age 19 and 27. 54.6% moved back in […]

Pico-Branch-parkside

by Jodi Summers Up until recently, the Pico neighborhood was considered the bastard stepchild of Santa Monica communities. Back in the early days of the City, the neighborhood was Santa Monica’s ghetto – Hispanics, Black, Jews, ethnic groups of all types were told to settle here. The Pico neighborhood had been one of the largest […]