Land values are skyrocketing. Transportation costs are growing. Clean water is becoming scarcer. Energy costs are escalating. The cost of building materials and infrastructure is fluctuating in an upward trend. Regulations are becoming more stringent. Mandatory carbon credit programs are being discussed. Local governments are always financially strapped. The general public - including potential tenants and buyers - is progressively demanding better environmental stewardship practices. The future seems increasingly uncertain. These issues raise questions for local government, developers, financiers, and the design and real estate professionals they work with: How can I control these rapidly increasing costs? Am I getting the best return on investment with my developments? Read this manual and find out.