The trend towards sustainable building continues to move ever more rapidly, adapting to changing technology and standards. Even as the U.S. Green Building Council is seeking comments on its third version of qualifications for LEED certification, other real estate organizations are creating their own policies to encourage environment-friendly construction.

Earlier this month, the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties has formed its official association policy on energy to encourage its member to increase their commitment to green building. “We’re looking to positively encourage a proactive stance,” Thomas J. Biscacquino, NAIOP president, told “The business case is becoming stronger and stronger.”

Key objectives of the NAIOP policy include: encouraging the real estate development industry to employ ever feasible, cost-effective, sustainable strategy to increase the energy efficiency of new and existing buildings; engaging in educational programs, seminars and conferences to help employ best practices; and advancing public policies that accelerate, support and promote efficiency.

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