Business - Trends

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

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

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Pop-Ups Transition to Temporary, Seasonal Venues 

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.”

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Commercial Food Waste Composting 

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.

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Water Reuse Trends 

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.

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Smart Solar Roadways 

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.

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Updating Parking With Technology 

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 

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

From the Archives: Business / Trends Articles from the Previous Issue

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The New Industrial Revolution 

All real estate is local. While that paradigm holds true for warehouses, the most interesting aspect of industrial real estate is that the opposite is also true. It is the only property type in which an Ohio manufacturer who outsources production to China can end up creating demand for logistics space in Southern California’s Inland Empire. That is exactly what has happened during the last decade.

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The View From E.CON: The Future of Industrial Real Estate Is E-commerce 

The expanding world of e-commerce is rapidly and forever changing the way that goods are bought and sold — as well as how they are transported, stored and distributed. Industrial developers, owners and investors who can provide the types of facilities that e-commerce needs will survive and thrive during the next decade. But forecasting and understanding those needs is no easy task.