Category Archives: ENERGY STAR

Performance and profit gains with energy benchmarking

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Measuring the efficiency and cost of buildings’ energy use is essential in today’s real estate market. Buildings account for 40 percent of all energy used in the U.S., with an energy price tag of $450 billion annually. By measuring a building’s energy use through the EPA’s internationally recognized ENERGY STAR® program, commercial real estate professionals can save money and reduce energy consumption. Best of all, it’s free and easily accessed online.

ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager gives building owners and managers a baseline understanding of their buildings’ energy use and a benchmark against which to measure performance, according to Zachary Hart of the Institute for Market Transformation. Simply benchmarking energy usage led to reduced energy usage and savings: a 2012 EPA study of 35,000 benchmarked buildings found that they saved an annual average of 2.4 percent in energy costs. Buildings that benchmarked for three years straight saved an average of 7 percent.

In a competitive real estate market, this tool creates a baseline against which buildings can measure their energy usage, both for cost-saving and profit. Tenants are more likely to rent and stay in green buildings. A 2008 study by the CoStar Group found that ENERGY STAR®-labeled buildings rented at $2.40 per square foot more than non-labeled buildings, and that the labeled buildings had a 3.6 percent higher occupancy rate. Energy-efficient buildings are a safer investment for lenders and raise a building’s overall market value.… 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

What can ENERGY STAR® do for your business?

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For the fifth year in a row, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized JLL with the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for its leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency.

To learn more about JLL’s partnership with ENERGY STAR®, please click here

You’ve probably seen the ENERGY STAR® logo – displayed on energy efficient appliances, highlighted in public service announcements, and called out in marketing materials. It’s also no secret that energy efficiency and cost savings go hand-in-hand – whether you’re driving a hybrid vehicle or operating an energy efficient building.

But are you aware of the value that ENERGY STAR® can bring to your buildings (and your business) beyond reducing your utility bills?… Read More

Sustainability isn’t just a buzzword – it’s a business mandate

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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, will attend the forum alongside Colin Dyer, JLL’s President and CEO. Below, Dan discusses why sustainability is more than just a passing fad – it’s an essential part of doing business. To learn more about the GreenBiz Forum, held February 23-25 in Phoenix, AZ, please click here.

Sustainability is an undeniably hot topic these days – boosted by global media coverage and borrowed by marketers to sell everything from bath products to Legos.

But to write-off sustainability as a temporary craze undermines its strategic value and benefits to the business community. In today’s business climate, sustainability isn’t just a buzzword – it’s a business mandate.HiRes

Not convinced of the value that a well-designed sustainability strategy can bring to your organization? … Read More

Corporate Social Responsibility… Is It For Real?

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It’s standard practice these days for companies to brag about their accomplishments in social responsibility, including sustainability.

Is it a good thing?

Here at JLL, we think corporate social responsibility is important for a number of reasons. First, just talking about social responsibility means companies are thinking about it. Ten years ago that was not the case.  Second, producing these corporate responsibility reports require time and effort. There are programs to describe and statistics… Read More