Category Archives: Energy Costs

The Future of LEDs: Key Takeaways from the Solid-State Lighting Technology Development Workshop

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) hosted its annual Solid-State Lighting (SSL, or better known as LED) Technology Development Workshop in Denver, CO on November 16th and 17th.  The event was attended by 180 industry members from various backgrounds including, manufacturers, utilities, designers, municipalities and academia, all working to drive mass adoption of LEDs throughout the US.

The workshop challenged the status quo, asking tough questions to lighting industry experts in order… Read More

Energy storage: achieving the cardinal rule of electricity

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The cardinal rule of electricity is that supply must equal demand at all times. When you flip a light switch, you expect the lights to go on. This rule has challenged utilities, regional transmission organizations, independent system operators and commercial, industrial and residential consumers since the time of Edison. Generally fossil-fired and nuclear generation must run continuously while renewable energy is subject to the intermittency inherent in solar and wind resources. … Read More

Waste not: big business sustainability efforts

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Waste will now be addressed more comprehensively in LEED certification systems, a significant step for zero waste initiatives. With this announcement by the Green Business Certification, Inc. it is clear that waste reduction is now being looked at far more strategically than in the past.

Positive environmental outcomes and the potential for large cost savings has Fortune 100 board rooms buzzing about the benefits of a zero waste strategy. However, talking about… Read More

Facilities management leaders, listen up: Why sustainability matters to FM

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As the “circular economy” concept takes hold, facility managers are increasingly called to incorporate sustainability measures as part of the facilities management (FM) delivery. Below, JLL’s Maureen Ehrenberg discusses why sustainability matters to the FM profession. For more on this topic, check out Maureen’s column in the July/August issue of FMJ magazine.

It’s no secret that economic development and environmental degradation have historically gone hand-in-hand. The good news? In response to the “take, make, dispose” approach of the past, a new “circular” economy is emerging, rooted in the “cradle-to-cradle” concept of regenerative, restorative design that minimizes environmental impact throughout the product lifecycle.

FM sustainabilitySustainability has also rapidly risen up the corporate agenda in recent years – providing facility managers with an important opportunity to demonstrate leadership, inform and advise the business  and create value to the business and the community in this space.

In many ways, FM professionals are at the forefront of this charge to achieve long-term sustainability in the built environment. Today’s facility managers – regardless of whether they work in industrial complexes, traditional office spaces, or even healthcare facilities – have more tools than ever before to deliver sustainable building operations and reduce the environmental impact of their facilities and their respective supply chain.… Read More

Unlock value with demand side response energy management

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Did you know that cost savings and sustainability initiatives often go hand-in-hand? Below, JLL’s Usama Sapru explores the benefits that demand side response energy management can bring to your business – impacting both the bottom line and helping you to achieve your sustainability objectives in the process.

It’s no secret that today’s building owners, occupiers and managers are under pressure to keep operating costs low – but they’re also tasked with achieving increasingly aggressive sustainability objectives.

The good news? Striking a balance between the bottom line and social responsibility is possible – and in some cases, even profitable. When it comes to energy management, adopting a Demand Side Response (DSR) policy provides one such opportunity.

What is Demand Side Response?Demand side response energy management

In the UK, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) estimates that electricity demand in the region will double by 2050. At the same time, there is a growing need to source cleaner electricity – especially given that conventional power stations are highly polluting and expensive to run (yet still required to meet peak demand and avoid blackouts).

Consequently, the National Grid System (NGS) is continuously changing the electricity supply to balance consumer demand and total generation requirements.… Read More