We announced this week that Jones Lang LaSalle has been named 2011 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, a distinction we also gained in 2010 and 2007. While this has always been cause for celebration in the U.S., we’ve noticed over the past year or so that our colleagues in other countries are increasingly interested in ENERGY STAR as a way to benchmark energy performance.
Maybe that shouldn’t be surprising. Many of our corporate real estate clients have operations around the world, and if they are using ENERGY STAR to measure performance in some properties, why not use it across their entire portfolio? Also, we’re seeing LEED becoming more prominent even in countries with their own excellent green building standards, and ENERGY STAR is a major component of LEED.
ENERGY STAR’s importance is growing in the U.S., too. More states and cities are passing mandatory energy measurement and disclosure laws essentially requiring owners to participate in the program. Now San Francisco has joined New York City in requiring buildings to undergo energy audits and make any improvements that auditors say will pay for themselves in less than five years—except for buildings that are LEED Certified or have ENERGY STAR labels in multiple years.
We’ve always supported ENERGY STAR’s mission to provide comparable energy performance data that will help guide tenants, investors and owners to greater efficiency. The business case for participation just keeps getting stronger.