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  • Maryland’s draft climate plan would require buildings to reach net-zero emissions by 2045

    Maryland’s draft climate plan would require buildings to reach net-zero emissions by 2045

    On Sept. 3, the Maryland Department of Environment released a draft pathway to decarbonize buildings by 2045. Major policy provisions in the draft include: An all-electric building/energy code applied to new construction beginning in 2024 with a cost-effectiveness test for commercial construction;A clean heat standard that would incrementally reduce…

  • If You Ask Me…

    If You Ask Me…

    “What new leasing trends are emerging as companies consider returning to the office?” David FritzPrincipalNAI KLNB “Occupiers will continue to navigate their real estate decisions for the balance of the year based upon uncertainty of COVID-19 and its variants, measuring full-time vs hybrid work model and an actual reopening…

  • Office evaluation continues as mass move-in date shifts past Labor Day

    Office evaluation continues as mass move-in date shifts past Labor Day

    Labor Day — the national holiday honoring hard working people — was the date on the calendar circled by many companies signaling the mass return to the traditional office environment and the symbolic end of the pandemic. Rising COVID-19 cases fueled by the Delta variant and vaccination breakthrough cases have…

  • Industrial real estate boom shows no signs of easing

    Industrial real estate boom shows no signs of easing

    The industrial real estate market will experience record-high demand in 2021 and 2022, according a new NAIOP study. “Demand for industrial real estate continues to be strong as the long-term trend toward e-commerce (and away from in-store sales) continues with no end in sight,” the NAIOP Industrial Space Demand…

  • The increasing need for custom real estate

    The increasing need for custom real estate

    As employers grapple with efforts to bring workers back to offices, large shifts in work culture and the ongoing Great Resignation, customized commercial real estate is becoming a bigger factor in companies’ success. Consequently, CRE firms need to offer new services to bolster the success of their tenants and their…

  • New Prologis office reflects local culture, supports modern work styles

    New Prologis office reflects local culture, supports modern work styles

    When Prologis began planning its new office in Columbia, the design team focused on achieving several major goals: create a space that would enhance productivity, support changing workplace needs and capture the culture of the diverse markets the office would serve. “Our market spans Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia, and…

  • County recommends statewide building energy performance standard

    County recommends statewide building energy performance standard

    A proposal by Montgomery County highlights a fundamental divide over how Maryland should go about decarbonizing buildings and how decarbonizing legislation could ultimately impact building owners. In comments submitted to the Buildings Subgroup of the Maryland Commission on Climate Change, the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection recommended the state…

  • Builders, engineers volunteer to create marine habitats

    Builders, engineers volunteer to create marine habitats

    Although their corporate missions focus on engineering and constructing buildings and infrastructure, Froehling & Robertson and Stewart & Tate are leveraging their skills and donating their resources to safeguard Maryland’s most beloved waterways. This summer, Froehling & Robertson landed in the Winner’s Circle for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation “Clean the…

  • Cities need to refocus efforts on recruiting employees, not companies

    Cities need to refocus efforts on recruiting employees, not companies

    The remote work model is proving more successful than major downtown business districts and landlords would like it to. Any effort to reenergize and establish vibrancy in major cities must begin with luring employees back to the workplace with the promise of amenities, social interaction and engagement, according to experts…

  • Consultant deciphers cost of decarbonizing buildings

    Consultant deciphers cost of decarbonizing buildings

    Maryland’s climate goals are aggressive and likely to become more rigorous when the General Assembly reconvenes in January 2022. At least that’s the indication from a preliminary study by the state’s climate consultant. Click image for report Maryland has already adopted policies to transform how utilities generate power and…