Innovation Overload

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Michael Koerner
Global Sustainability & Energy Manager

These days, we’re constantly hearing about the latest and greatest green products. From sophisticated lighting controls systems to advanced greywater reclamation technologies, sustainability professionals are up to their ears in product news. For one of our energy projects, I’ve spoken to more than a dozen controls manufacturers, and our team has reviewed the offerings of five lighting controls providers in the last month alone.

Luckily, to help me navigate these, Jones Lang LaSalle has developed a network of energy and sustainability professionals. Each of us has our own expertise and experiences, spreading the burden of research in the all-encompassing field of sustainability. Companies will often make claims about the large amount of energy their products save with quick payback periods, and we’ve learned to test and review a product thoroughly before implementing it. Through a simple email or phone call to my colleagues, I’m able to hear from someone who has done the heavy lifting for me and I can be confident in their assessment.

Once we’ve vetted a product with our energy and sustainability colleagues, we’re able to add an additional level of analysis by working with our engineering teams. By reviewing technical specifications with our engineers, or even piloting a product, we’re able to ensure that a product makes sense for a building with the input from those who operate and maintain buildings every day. This allows us to give a product a holistic review beyond just sustainability. For example, on several occasions we have opted not to use a technology that will save us energy because it requires more maintenance and therefore has a higher total cost of ownership.  Because Jones Lang LaSalle provides integrated facilities management services, we have the ability to evaluate, test, implement and measure technologies.

One example of where we’ve applied this thinking is at 60 Wall St., the Americas headquarters for Deutsche Bank, featured as the cover story of High Rise Facilities, a new national publication. Over the course of several years, we implemented an integrated energy efficiency program reducing energy by 20%, helping Deutsche Bank achieve its goal of carbon neutrality.  Our JLL network of experts and a knowledgeable and supportive client were vital in making this a reality, and with their input, we were able to complete a series of projects, including installing the highest solar array in the western hemisphere at a height of 737 feet, retrofitting elevators with regenerative drives and increasing the use of free cooling.

The exciting thing about sustainability is that new technologies and advancements are brought to the market every day. The challenge for us is determining how to identify and implement the best products for our clients. Collaborating with the JLL energy and sustainability network allows me to do that accurately and efficiently.

2 thoughts on “Innovation Overload

  1. Jean Savitsky

    These are great comments and thank you for sharing ESS as a resource for our colleagues. Our team is doing a lot to vet these technologies, products and services, and the practical expertise they bring to their evaluations is so valuable.

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    1. Jean Savitsky

      These are great comments and thank you for sharing ESS as a resource for our colleagues. Our team is doing a lot to vet these technologies, products and services, and the practical expertise they bring to their evaluations is so valuable.

      Reply

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