Monthly Archives: April 2016

Evaluating your offsite renewable energy options? Why direct access service may be the best option for your business

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Understanding and evaluating your options for offsite renewable energy solutions– which have never been more affordable, especially for C&I organizations – can be challenging. To demystify the process, JLL’s Lauren McAdam outlines why direct access service may be the best offsite renewable option for your business.

What does Direct Access Service entail?  

With Direct Access Service, organizations enter into an Energy Supply Agreement (ESA) with the Energy Service Provider (ESP) for their electric supply, and the Utility continues to deliver the electricity through its transmission and distribution systems.… Read More

Go off the grid with offsite renewable energy solutions

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Alternative energy is a hot topic these days. But did you know that you don’t necessarily need to produce renewable energy onsite to take advantage of the benefits? JLL’s Lauren McAdam explains what your options are for offsite renewable energy – and what you need to know when evaluating your opportunities. 

It’s no secret that renewable energy alternatives present attractive new options for commercial and industrial real estate owners and occupiers. But the reality is that most commercial and industrial (C&I) organizations can’t achieve their sustainability goals such as carbon reduction and energy savings solely through onsite renewable energy solutions – site size limitations, site intrusion, operational interruptions, contract commitment lengths, and other factors all can limit the opportunities.

Many large companies are increasingly looking to offsite renewable energy solutions as an alternative way to achieve their sustainability goals– and approximately 75% of S&P 500 companies have some form of sustainability goals.Read More

What’s the hype with electric vehicle charging stations?

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You’ve probably seen electric vehicle (EV) charging stations around town – in parking lots, at taxi stands, or even in your garage at home. But are you aware of the trends that are driving the EV charging market – and the opportunities that EV charging stations can create for your business? 

To learn more, join us for an upcoming webcast on Friday, April 22 at 12:30pm EST. To register for this free webcast, please click here

There’s no doubt that the EV charging market is growing. In fact, the global market for EV supply equipment is projected to be worth more than $1 billion by 2020.

EV charging equipment (and associated installation costs) have also become more affordable than ever before, in large part due to new incentives from utilities and federal, state and local governments. In some areas, local utilities even offer free hardware and installation services for EV infrastructure.… Read More

Connecting the dots between sustainability, smart buildings and strategy

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In February, JLL’s Dan Probst attended the GreenBiz Forum, where Colin Dyer, JLL’s President and CEO, spoke about the importance of sustainability to the C-Suite. You can learn more about why sustainability matters to the CEO here and here. Below, Dan brings the discussion full-circle, by highlighting the ways in which smart building technology can help your business to bridge this divide between sustainability and strategy.

It’s a common misconception that energy efficiency begets sustainability. In reality, sustainability is about much more than energy: it’s about serving the interests of your organization’s key stakeholders, including your employees, clients, and shareholders.

It’s crucial to consider the bigger picture, especially when determining how sustainability fits within your corporate strategy. The good news? Smart building technology has never been more affordable or accessible – and incorporating smart technology into your building operations can help you take your sustainability program to the next level by helping you to meet your stakeholders’ increasing expectations for a more efficient, interactive and innovative workplace.

So, what do you need to consider when thinking about how smart building technology can help you to achieve your sustainability objectives and, by extension, drive your business strategy?Read More

Behind-the-scenes: Smart building innovations at the Purdue Center for High Performance Buildings

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It’s no secret that new technologies are changing how your buildings operate and how your people work. But where should you look to stay abreast of the latest and greatest developments in smart building technology? Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at Purdue University’s Center for High Performance Buildings (CHPB), where leading academics and engineers are piloting innovative smart building solutions. 

JLL is currently partnering with the CHPB on 13 research projects. Of particular interest to us is a project driving the development of smart building solutions that can significantly increase occupant satisfaction and productivity (in addition to delivering energy cost savings). To learn more about this partnership, click here.  


The Purdue University Center for High Performance Buildings (CHPB) was founded in 2013, and has quickly emerged as a leader in the smart building innovation space (bolstered by partnerships with industry leaders). The CHPB takes a multi-disciplinary, holistic approach to its research projects, by bringing in experts in mechanical, civil and electrical engineering, as well as specialists in psychology and human behavior.

So, what value can the CHPB’s research bring to your business strategy?Read More