As a real estate firm, we know first hand about the impact that buildings have on the environment – both in terms of pollution and the economy and in terms of energy costs. As a result, Jones Lang LaSalle is dedicated to sustainability, with over 900 LEED accredited professionals.
However, sustainability isn’t the only thing we’re committed to – we are also dedicated to fostering initiatives that impact both local and global communities.
Recently, we had the opportunity to combine these two passions, merging sustainable design and community involvement in the development of “Empowerhouse” – Washington, D.C.’s first passive solar house.
Jones Lang LaSalle, along with students from Parsons The New School for Design, the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at the New School, and Stevens Institute of Technology developed the solar-power house in partnership with the D.C. branch of Habitat for Humanity and the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development. This house creates a new model for green-energy, affordable housing for the District.
Displayed on the National Mall during the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon this past fall, Empowerhouse is currently being constructed in the District’s Deanwood neighborhood where it will become a two-family home for Habitat for Humanity families.
From offering project development expertise and fundraising support to volunteering time to help with the actual building of the house, Jones Lang LaSalle has played a huge role in the development process. We are incredibly humbled and honored to be part of a team that is making homeownership possible for two D.C. families.
Not only does Empowerhouse showcase the talents of many young students and provide a glimpse of what can be achieved through solar power, it also marks a step forward in increasing the availability and accessibility of renewable energy sources.