By the Numbers: Economic Contributions to U.S. Economy 

By: Stephen S. Fuller, NAIOP Research Foundation, 2014 Fall 2014

This table shows the 2014 economic contributions to the U.S. Economy from the development of commercial real estate buildings.

Pop-Ups Transition to Temporary, Seasonal Venues 

By: Rachel Brown, freelance writer Fall 2014

What segment of the U.S. economy “popped up” around 2009 and has grown into an $8 billion industry with a 16 percent annual growth rate, according to the Alexander Babbage Inc. market research firm? The answer is pop-up businesses, also known as “temporary retail.”

Commercial Food Waste Composting 

By: Sam H. Black, attorney and past chairman of the Washington, D.C., Smart Growth Alliance Fall 2014

Developers, property owners and tenants are becoming more sophisticated about waste disposal. No longer content to simply recycle, many are exploring and implementing new ways to reduce the amount of waste they send to landfills. It is becoming apparent that composting is a viable way to enhance a company culture of reuse, reduce waste hauling costs and attain higher LEED scores.

Water Reuse Trends 

By: Rod Yeoh, P.Eng., P.E., LEED AP BD & C, Principal, Dialog Fall 2014

Many commercial real estate professionals are starting to realize that water is a precious resource and that we have to treat it as such. Those of us who design and build buildings need to reconsider “the way we’ve always done things” and stop thinking of water as an endless resource that we can continue to use wastefully.

Smart Solar Roadways 

By: Nicola Davies, Ph.D., freelance writer Fall 2014

Imagine solar panels, not on rooftops, but as a surface for parking lots, driveways, roads, bike trails and, eventually, even highways. Then imagine integrating those solar panels with microprocessors and LED lights so they can be programmed to delineate driving lanes, parking spaces, crosswalks and more.

Updating Parking With Technology 

By: Patrick Brooke, director of technical services for Sentry Control Systems Inc. Fall 2014

Technological innovation is transforming parking. In just a few short years, we have seen the development of a wide range of new parking technologies.

New & Noteworthy 

By: Julie D. Stern Fall 2014

An assortment of brief facts and figures about new and noteworthy development projects, transactions and trends.