2014 Building Excellence Awards

Jan 31 2014

Article written by Alessandra Deluca

The City of Boise Planning and Development Services Department is accepting nominations for it’s 7th Annual Building Excellence Award Program. The City of Boise Planning and Development Services Department is looking for building projects that increase the quality of Boise’s built environment located within Boise city limits. The buildings nominated for the award must be complete or nearly complete between May 1, 2014 and April 30, 2014. Deadline for nominations is February 28, 2014.



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New Market Tax Credits- Unique Financing Tool for Development Projects

Jan 28 2014

Article written by Kris Wilson

Kootenai Medical Center

New Market Tax Credits helped finance the expansion of the Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur D’Alene.

Dave Glaser, President Montana CDC, is partnering with USGBC Idaho to inform Boise area developers and community leaders about financing opportunities made possible with New Market Tax Credits (NMTC). Montana CDC has used NMTC to fund numerous operating business expansions and real estate redevelopment across Montana and Idaho and continues to use the tax credits to fund projects that will change the economic landscape of Montana and Idaho communities. Join us to hear a one hour overview about this often overlooked and misunderstood program and learn how to access NMTC for your upcoming project

Location: Idaho Integrated Design Lab 5th and Front St. Boise. When: February 11th 5-6 pm. The event is free, complimentary snacks and beverages will be provided. Space is limited, RSVP here to reserve your space.


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Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Focus of Recent Statesman Articles

Jan 20 2014

Article written by Kris Wilson

Should the price of a building incorporate its operating costs?

If you were a building owner, would you want a 7 percent return on investment or a 10 percent ROI where the only difference between the two is how much you pay the power company? …  As a lawyer, it should be malpractice in representing a client in a sale of real estate or in negotiating a lease not to warn a client that a beat-up water heater in the basement could make a drastic difference in return.

But few real estate deals — sales or leases — disclose or even discuss energy use. – Excerpts from Stephen Millers Op-ed in the January 15, 2014 Idaho Statesman Business Insider.

Stephen is an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Economic Development Clinic at the University of Idaho College of Law – Boise.  In addition, Stephen recently joined the the USGBC Idaho Board of Directors. After presenting a case for why ignoring building energy costs in commercial real estate is poor business practice, Stephen offers Boise’s Banner Bank building as an example of energy efficiency increasing commercial building profitability.

The January 15th edition of the Statesman Business Insider further highlighted the growing trend of energy efficiency in commercial real estate with Sven Berg’s article Energy Efficiency retrofits Catch on in the Treasure Valley. Sven’s article highlights local commercial building energy efficiency retrofit projects including the Riverside Hotel in Garden City and Capitol Gateway Plaza at 1211 W. Myrtle Street.


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