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Ultimate Green Office Unveiled at Develop Green Commercial Real Estate Conference

Environment News Service
March 18, 2008


Developers say future Class A buildings will be all “Green”

NAIOP (National Association for Industrial and Office Properties) unveiled the “Ultimate Green Office”
exhibit last week at its first annual DevelopGREEN: Sustainable Solutions
for Commercial Real Estate conference held at the all-green Renaissance
Glendale Hotel & Spa in Glendale, Ariz. Nearly 400 commercial real estate
(CRE) development leaders from across the U.S. attended the conference and
visited the exhibit, which was built for the NAIOP conference by San
Francisco, Ca.-based Swinerton Builders Inc., one of the nation’s top
general contractors.

The DevelopGREEN conference was created by NAIOP in response to a growing
demand on the part of commercial developers for education on green
building practices and sustainable resources. The event offered the most
up-to-date information regarding sustainable development and best
practices.

“Developers play a critical role in building a strong future for
sustainable development,” said Thomas J. Bisacquino, NAIOP president.
“Investing now in green buildings, technologies and products is ultimately
a win-win for developers and the communities they serve. Green is the
class A of the future.”

Ultimately what makes an office Green is its indoor environmental quality,
which is influenced by daylighting, views of the outdoors, indoor air
quality and thermal comfort. A Green office is also modular and flexible,
accommodating changes within the working environment without requiring
significant reconstruction. Also, it may be fabricated from recycled and
recyclable materials or renewable resources.

The “Ultimate Green Office” exhibit showcased each of these Green office
elements in a 10 by 20 foot model office configuration, featuring Tate’s
Building Technology Platform for the access floor system, a high-recycle-
and post-consumer-content carpet tile system from InterfaceFLOR RePrise™
Collection, and a demountable architectural wall system called Altos® from
Teknion. InterfaceFLOR is based in LaGrange, Ga., Tate is based in Jessup,
Md. and Teknion is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

During the conference attendees had the opportunity to tour two
exceptional LEED®-certified projects in the Phoenix, Ariz. area for a
first-hand look at how to successfully incorporate high-performance design
and energy-efficient features that result in successful green
developments. The project sites included Papago Gateway Center in Tempe
and Northsight in Scottsdale.

According to Green Building Incentives That Work: A Look at How Local
Governments Are Incentivizing Green Development, a study released by The
NAIOP Research Foundation, the green building movement is growing at a
fast pace. The report states: “In 2006, the U.S. Green Building Council’s
(USGBC) LEED green building rating system recorded a 50 percent increase
in cumulative LEED-registered projects (those intending future
certification) and nearly a 70 percent increase in LEED-certified
projects.” For a free download of this report go to:
http://www.naiop.org/foundation/greenincentives.pdf.

About NAIOP: The National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
is the nation’s leading trade association for developers, owners,
investors and other professionals in industrial, office and mixed-use
commercial real estate. Founded in 1967, NAIOP comprises more than 16,500
members in 55 chapters throughout North America. NAIOP provides networking
opportunities, educational programs, research on trends and innovations,
and strong legislative representation. For more information, visit
www.naiop.org.


 

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