National Real Estate Investor is conducting its fourth annual Green Building Survey of corporate real estate executives, developers, and government agencies to determine the importance of sustainability and green building principles to the commercial real estate industry.

Developers can access the survey, tailored to their professional requirements, here.

Corporate executives can fill out the survey here.

Responses to the survey will reveal trends in the development and use of green building techniques throughout the industry. Whether a reader owns, develops, or manages green buildings, or is a tenant, NREI welcomes every reader’s professional opinion, and strongly encourages participation.

The 2010 survey is particularly important in that many companies have begun to implement green measures to reduce their carbon footprint and, in many cases, to reduce energy consumption and costs.

NREI wants to benchmark the progress while assessing the level of usage of green or sustainable techniques and products. A higher number of participants will lead to more effective measurement of attitudes and changes within the industry.

Answers to the survey are confidential and will be used only in tabulating collective results.

The U.S. Green Building Council, based in Washington, D.C., is partnering in the Green Building Survey. And NREI is giving away two $100 Visa gift cards, as an incentive to participate.

Despite the nation’s difficult economic situation, NREI’s last major survey indicated that companies remain firmly committed to sustainable and green principles. For instance, in 2009, a large majority of developers and corporate executives, 88% and 86% respectively, indicated that they considered green design to be as important as it was before the recession, which began in late 2007.

NREI’s sister publications Retail Traffic and American City & County are also joining NREI in conducting the survey.