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  • Montgomery County Council considers all-electric building code

    Montgomery County Council considers all-electric building code

    The Montgomery County Council is considering legislation that would require the county to adopt all-electric building standards for most new construction and major renovations by January 2024. The bill is jointly sponsored by County Executive Marc Elrich and Hans Riemer, Chair of the council’s Planning, Housing and…

  • Study shows strong desire for hybrid work and satellite offices

    Study shows strong desire for hybrid work and satellite offices

    Flagged as a “landmark in the history of work,” adoption of the hybrid work model appears set to drive widespread and lasting changes in the need for workspace, while also presenting employers with new opportunities and challenges. That’s according to JLL’s “Workforce Preferences Barometer” report, released…

  • Strong performance of grocery stores continues post-pandemic

    Strong performance of grocery stores continues post-pandemic

    Fueled by the consumer trend to cook and eat meals at home rather than visit restaurants during the healthcare crisis, the strong performance of the grocery category continues post-pandemic. However, experts participating in a recent Placer.ai-sponsored webinar warned that small cracks may be starting to appear in the category’s foundation.

  • NAIOP Maryland Developers Council hosts Maryland gubernatorial candidates

    NAIOP Maryland Developers Council hosts Maryland gubernatorial candidates

    The NAIOP Maryland Developers Council recently hosted three Maryland gubernatorial candidates, for separate meet-and-greet sessions with top executives of the commercial real estate association. The Council, which is comprised of senior-level management executives of NAIOP Maryland member companies, gathers periodically throughout the year to discuss timely issues impacting the regional…

  • Measuring buildings’ GHG emissions presents challenges and opportunities

    Measuring buildings’ GHG emissions presents challenges and opportunities

    Maryland’s Climate Solutions Now Act (SB 528) is described as the most rigorous state legislation addressing climate change in the country, and it is poised to have deep and wide-ranging impacts on the commercial real estate industry. In the first installment of NAIOP Maryland’s Climate Change and Solutions webinar series,…

  • State legislators rejected bills to broaden possible appeals to development permits

    State legislators rejected bills to broaden possible appeals to development permits

    Although climate-related legislation occupied a large part of the legislative agenda in 2022, the General Assembly took up a number of other initiatives of interest to commercial real estate. Some draft bills proposed to drastically broaden the ability of individuals and organizations to litigate government permits and approvals. Senate Bill…

  • Hybrid workplace requires employer empathy and flexibility

    Hybrid workplace requires employer empathy and flexibility

    With many employees still balking at returning to the traditional workplace at pre-pandemic regularity, professionals participating at a recent webinar sponsored by Office + SpaceIQ stressed the need for increased listening, empathy and flexibility. While workers, in large part, have demonstrated the capability of remaining productive in a work-from-home environment,…

  • Electric systems offer financial benefits for select commercial buildings

    Electric systems offer financial benefits for select commercial buildings

    In light of this spring’s passage of the Climate Solutions Now Act, Maryland developers may want to conduct an additional type of planning as they plan new commercial construction projects. The final version of the bill did not include an all-electric building code. Instead, it directed the Department of Labor…

  • 2022 General Assembly session passed changes to taxes and fees

    2022 General Assembly session passed changes to taxes and fees

    Although climate-related legislation occupied a large part of the legislative agenda in 2022, the General Assembly took up a number of other initiatives of interest to commercial real estate.  Over the next several editions, NAIOP 360 will focus on legislation related to taxes and fees, building codes, forest conservation, water…

  • 2022 session set new climate standard for buildings

    2022 session set new climate standard for buildings

    The 2022 Maryland General Assembly Session will be remembered for Senate Bill 528 – The Climate Solutions Now Act, a sprawling, 100-page climate bill which establishes an emissions and energy standard for existing buildings. The headline requirements for buildings are a 20% reduction in direct building emissions…