Monthly Archives: March 2016

4 things you need to know about solar battery storage

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Simone Concha, JLL’s Director of Sustainability – Australia, discusses the concept of solar battery storage and what it means for your business. To learn more about the benefits that solar battery storage can bring to your organization, contact JLL’s Alternative Energy Services team.    

What is a solar battery?

Solar battery storage is a way of saving the energy generated by solar panels, to be used at a time when the sun is not shining. It’s more significant than you may think: while traditional solar power is considered “variable” – because it is affected by weather, time of day, and other factors – solar battery storage offers a consistent, reliable alternative.

As a result, solar battery storage has the potential to drive down the cost of renewable electricity and increase the uptake of electric cars – both of which are important milestones in the transition to a low carbon economy.… Read More

Build a stronger sustainability program: Takeaways from the Earth Hour movement

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Building a successful sustainability program is no simple task – requiring a well-thought-out strategy and dedicated resources. But creating your program is only part of the challenge – communicating your sustainability message and engaging your audience (including employees, clients, and shareholders, among others) are also integral parts of a successful sustainability program.

JLL’s Susannah West, Sustainability Director in South Asia, uses global grassroots movement Earth Hour as a case study in sustainability engagement and identifies four key takeaways that you can apply to your own sustainability program.  

How do you convince individuals that collectively they can make a difference? The answer might be simpler than you think – create a symbolic event that could become a movement. And so Earth Hour was born in 2007 as an event where residents of Sydney, Australia could raise awareness about the need for urgent action on global warming by turning off their lights for one hour.… Read More

Are you (and your buildings) prepared for real estate beyond the Digital Age?

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There’s no question that the technology revolution is here – and it’s transforming the world of commercial real estate. Join us for a live broadcast of Real Estate Beyond the Digital Age, the opening session of the 2016 Building Energy Summit, at 8:30am EDT on March 16, 2016, to learn more from senior executives at Marriott, Cisco, and JLL about their vision of the future of real estate. 

As new technologies change how your buildings operate and how your people work, everyone is talking about smart buildings. What’s all the hype about?

What is a smart building?

In a smart building, a centralized network integrates your Internet-enabled building systems so they can communicate, share data and operate more efficiently. This network forms the backbone of your smart building, and it’s where you’ll integrate your smart applications. The options for smart applications are practically endless – ranging from individual lighting and temperature controls, workspace management platforms, and access controls (among many others).… Read More

Rethink your approach to energy management at the Building Energy Summit

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JLL’s Darlene Pope calls out three key concepts that you need to consider when evaluating your energy management approach across a large real estate portfolio. Learn more by attending the 2016 Building Energy Summit, held on March 16, 2016, in Washington, DC.  

Energy management is a hot topic these days – especially as more and more leading organizations publicly state their (oftentimes aggressive) energy reduction objectives.

But making decisions about energy management and technology initiatives–especially across a large distributed real estate portfolio – is no small task. What key points should be top-of-mind as you evaluate your energy management program across your portfolio?… Read More

3 things you need to know as the shared and circular economies converge

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Each year, the GreenBiz Forum brings leaders from the business community together to discuss key sustainability trends, strategies and best practices. JLL’s Dan Probst, Global Chairman of Energy and Sustainability, recently attended this year’s forum alongside Colin Dyer, JLL’s President and CEO. Below, Dan discusses how two seemingly disparate economic ideas – the shared economy and the circular economy – actually complement each other, and what this means for the business community.

The concept of a shared, ‘frictionless’ economy is dominating conversations in the business world. Firms like Uber and Airbnb are proving that owning physical assets is no longer a necessity in today’s interconnected world, where technology facilitates a virtually seamless flow of information, labor and money.

The idea of a circular economy – where the ability to reuse a product is inherent in that product’s design – has similarly taken hold, particularly among sustainability experts and thought leaders. Ellen MacArthur, founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and a leading proponent of the circular economy, spoke at the 2016 GreenBiz Forum about how the business community is starting to embrace this concept of sustainable design – and the strategic implications are staggering.… Read More