7 steps to greening your building: a holistic approach to energy retrofits

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A recent article published by the Harvard Business Review cited that US buildings are using up to 70% of the nation’s energy. While they go on to recommend an industrialized approach to remedy this, JLL’s Dana Schneider actually recommends something quite different. Read the full article at JLL’s Project Management Blog

Glass of modern tower for business backgroundIn many ways, taking an industrialized approach to energy retrofits – by leveraging economies of scale and simplifying the decision-making process for buyers – is appealing. However, this approach doesn’t leave much room to account for the oftentimes vast differences between buildings – which can, in many cases, be the key to unlocking significant cost savings.

Since each building and its systems and occupants are unique, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach that will work for all buildings. A design-centered, holistic approach to a retrofit, in which all the interactions in a building’s envelope, systems, controls, occupants, capital plans, and investment strategies are considered, will yield substantially higher energy savings.

Interested in taking a holistic, whole-building approach to your building’s energy management to achieve optimal results? The following is an outline of the steps to be taken with the right partner, that need to be achieved for an Integrated Energy Retrofit:

  1. Triage your building portfolio based on renovation cycle/portfolio strategy.
  2. Create a Sustainability Master Plan including retrofit projects, design standards, lease structure changes, tenant energy management programs, marketing initiatives, employee programs and corporate strategy.
  3. Commit to an integrated, whole-building approach: conduct whole-building audits rather than single measure projects.
  4. Require performance guarantees with ongoing measurement and verification of savings to reduce risk and maintain performance.
  5. Engage tenants, employees, building occupants and vendors in energy savings efforts through training, tools and technology.
  6. Continue to improve by creating the proper culture and processes.
  7. Promote and reward success.

Interested in learning more about this holistic approach to integrated energy retrofits? Read the full article or contact Dana Schneider.


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Dana Schneider leads JLL’s Energy and Sustainability Services (ESS) in a region anchored by New York City, Boston and Washington D.C. Dana led the team that implemented the Empire State Building integrated energy retrofit, and is now replicating this approach in over 100 buildings across the U.S. For Dana’s full bio, please click here.  

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