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Where are markets lagging behind in sustainability transparency?

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JLL’s 2016 Real Estate Environmental Sustainability Transparency Index analyses sustainability transparency in real estate for 37 markets across the globe. The index identifies those markets that are leading the charge for sustainability, as well as those markets that are lagging behind, based on analysis of seven environmental sustainability indicators. Read on to learn where the greatest opportunities to improve sustainability transparency lie.

The 2016 Sustainability Transparency Index suggests that minimum energy efficiency standards and green building certification programs continue to be the most widespread environmental transparency instruments. But where are the biggest gaps – and areas for improvement?

Financial indicators remain few and far between

Sustainability transparencyOf the 37 markets analysed, only four countries – France, Canada, New Zealand and Australia – have established financial performance indicators for green buildings.

As a result, there is a considerable gap for most major real estate markets to assess the relative performance of more environmentally-friendly real estate assets. Calculating performance of sustainably-designed and operated assets, for example, is practically impossible without a framework to establish appropriate financial benchmarks and performance targets.… Read More

Zero-in on zero waste: 3 things you need to know

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Myths abound when it comes to implementing a zero waste program. The good news? Achieving zero waste is more attainable than ever before. Below, JLL’s Ana Wyssmann calls out three key points that you should keep in mind as you apply zero waste principles to your own business.

To learn more, join Ana and the JLL strategic waste solutions team at the 5th Annual National Zero Waste Business Conference in Austin, TX, held June 1-4, where industry leaders and experts will discuss the future of zero waste. 

Achieving zero waste is no small task. From reducing waste to engaging your employees with your waste management program, and from choosing the right waste program performance metrics to deciding where to leverage industry partnerships, navigating the journey to zero waste can be a complex undertaking.

Fortunately, the zero waste philosophy is gaining traction and attention, especially among industry leaders – and there are more resources available than ever before as you start your zero waste journey. Keep in mind the following points as you begin to craft your zero waste strategy:… 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

GRESB is transforming sustainable real estate. Is your business up to the challenge?

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Is your business participating in the 2016 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) Assessment? If sustainability is important to you and your business, you should consider it. Below, JLL’s Tom Branczik explains the value that GRESB brings to the real estate industry and why you should participate.

The seventh annual GRESB Assessment was launched on April 1st.  As participating organisations embark on what can be a lengthy submission process, it’s timely to remind ourselves why GRESB should be taken seriously.

The answer, in part, lies in its name. The Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark is unique in that it’s the only global sustainability standard to assess and compare real estate portfolios’ approaches to sustainability. More than 700 property companies and funds participated in the 2015 Assessment, representing $2.3 trillion in value and covering more than 61,000 assets in over 50 countries.… Read More