Our Research

The NAIOP Research Foundation helps build better communities through practical research and education. The Foundation's research projects, educational programs and outreach activities have a united purpose: to support developers, owners and others involved in commercial real estate in meeting and exceeding the needs and expectations of our communities, now and in the future.

Research Reports

Exploring the Sharing Economy

Exploring the New Sharing Economy

The “sharing economy” has been receiving a lot of buzz across popular media, academic and business circles, and local government as well as social enterprises. As the label suggests, the sharing economy is a means of sharing goods, services, ideas, information and skills through a network of individuals, often facilitated through social networks via computers and mobile apps.

The Promise of E-commerce

The Promise of E-commerce: Impacts on Retail and Industrial Real Estate

As e-commerce sales continue their robust growth, manufacturers, transportation providers, distribution and fulfillment center operators and retailers all are being pressured to modify the retail logistics chain. To meet customer expectations, retailers must have merchandise on shelves for instant purchases as well as in distribution centers for delivery directly to customers. Additionally, retailers need to ensure that their deliveries—both to stores and directly to customers—are predictable and remain cost effective.

Select U.S. Ports Prepare For Panama Canal Expansion

Select U S Ports Prepare For Panama Canal Expansion

The report focuses on nine container ports on the nation’s East and South coasts: the East Coast ports of New York and New Jersey and Baltimore; the Southeast ports of Virginia, Charleston and Savannah; the Florida ports of Miami, Jacksonville and Everglades; and the Gulf port of Houston.

Industrial Space Forecast

Industrial Space Demand Forecast

The Industrial Space Demand Forecast for the U.S. is issued quarterly by NAIOP and is based on an accurate model. The Forecast assists developers and investors to make more prudent decisions about the timing of new development projects. The white paper includes a full description of the methodology behind the forecast.

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Economic Impacts of Commercial Real Estate, 2014 Edition

This research report quantifies the economic impact of new commercial real estate development and construction in the U.S. and states, including jobs created, income generated, GDP and the effect of multipliers.

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Learn about applying for a research grant and funding through the NAIOP Research Foundation for research that benefits the industrial, office, retail, medical/healthcare and mixed-use industries.

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