New Uses for Office Buildings

New Uses for Office Buildings: Life Science, Medical and Multifamily Conversions

By: Emil Malizia, Ph.D., CRE
March 03, 2022

The NAIOP Research Foundation commissioned this report to evaluate the risks and opportunities associated with office building conversions. The author conducted a review of recent publications and market data on office conversions and interviewed developers, architects and other commercial real estate professionals to provide an overview of the key considerations that go into converting an office building to a life science, medical office or multifamily use.

Autonomous Vehicles

Preparing for Autonomous Vehicles: A Survey of Local Governments

By: David Dale-Johnson, Ph.D.
November 22, 2019

The NAIOP Research Foundation commissioned this report to examine how local governments are preparing for fully autonomous vehicles and to explore how future AV related policies could affect the commercial real estate industry.

Solar Technology for Commercial Property Owners

Solar Technology Reference Guide

By: Aaron Binkley
January 01, 2012

The Solar Technology Reference Guide enables commercial property owners to take an active role in deciding which solar panel products are best-suited to install on their buildings. The guide identifies the benefits and limitations of a range of photovoltaic modules (i.e. solar panels) on the market today, such as glass laminate modules, tubular modules, flexible roll thin film modules, fiberglass-backed modules, and concentrator modules.

Political Economy of Green Industrial Warehouses

The Political Economy of Green Industrial Warehouses

By: M. Harrison, Texas Tech University and Michael J. Seiler, Old Dominion
April 01, 2011

This research found that "green" warehouses in politically conservative areas rent at a significant discount relatively to their non-certified counterparts, while similar properties in politically liberal areas rent at a significant premium.

Spatial Penetration and Performance of LEED Ratings Certification

Spatial Penetration and Performance of LEED Ratings & Certification Levels Among Office Buildings

By: Dr. Sofia Dermisi, Roosevelt University
April 01, 2011

This paper focuses on class A and B office buildings across the U.S. with 50,000 square feet or more and has a threefold goal: i) provide an overview of the office building distribution among the ratings and certification levels from the inception of the USGBC until today; ii) examine the spatial penetration of the ratings and certification levels across the mainland U.S. states and iii) examine closely the rent and vacancy performance of LEED-EB before and after their designation while controlling for the latest financial crisis.


Wind Energy Facilities and Residential Properties: The Effect of Proximity and View on Sales Prices

By: Ben Hoen, Ryan Wiser, Peter Cappers, Mark Thayer and Gautam Sethi
April 01, 2011

This paper studies whether residential property values may be adversely affected by wind energy facilities. The present research investigates roughly 7,500 sales of single-family homes surrounding 24 existing U.S. wind facilities.

Rooftop Revenue by use of Energy Harvesting

Rooftop Revenue: Making Underutilized Space Profitable Through Energy Harvesting

By: Marci DeVries, Soleil Solar
August 01, 2010

This white paper helps owners/developers make a decision about which (if any) energy-harvesting devices to install on their properties. Commercial real estate property owners will find a wealth of information on installations, maintenance, reliability and financial returns.

Exploration of LEED Design Approaches

Exploration of LEED Design Approaches for Warehouse and Distribution Centers

By: Edmund Klimek, AIA, KSS Architects
December 01, 2008

The research examined sustainable design practices particular to warehouse and distribution centers and offered recommendations organized around the LEED Core and Shell approach that could readily be achieved within standard design/construction approaches; points that address the unique characteristics of distribution centers as a building type. The report is currently under review by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Going Green - Tips Tools and Examples

Going Green: Tips, Tools and Examples from the Field

By: Abigail C. Johnson, Abacus Property Solutions
March 01, 2009

This research report identified various green strategies that can be used to improve the sustainability of a building while still meeting return-on-investment objectives. Included in the report are recommendations concerning: vehicular pavement; pedestrian pavement; irrigation; windows; roof; HVAC; and interior lighting.

Green Building Incentives That Work

Green Building Incentives That Work

By: Jerry Yudelson, Yudelson Associates
November 01, 2007

This study covered the scope of green building incentives being offered across state and local governments in the U.S. as of August 2007 to assist developers who want to build green; includes an Appendix of local government programs, policies and incentives by state and city.