Developers Lean into High-Efficiency Designs

As more Greater Boston communities adopt the state’s new opt-in energy code with its higher sustainability standards, developers are testing the limits of how far commercial buildings can effectively run without fossil fuel sources.

Hot Property: The Abbot

Boston Realty Advisors has negotiated leases with a group of new tenants totaling 30,000 square feet of retail space at the Abbott in Harvard Square.

Cambridge Nixes Parking Minimums

Under modifications approved Monday night, barring other zoning laws, no development will have to provide off-street parking for its users in the hope this will help lower development costs.

Don’t Let Towns Ban Gas Hook-Ups

A proposal is moving through the State House to let Cambridge and several of the wealthiest Boston suburbs ban natural gas use in new buildings. It’s the wrong idea at the wrong time and could hurt housing production where it’s needed most. 

Hot Property: The Foundry 

A 131-year-old East Cambridge property that has a history as a factory, taxi barn and office space is reopening this fall as a new community hub.