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7 steps to greening your building: a holistic approach to energy retrofits

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A recent article published by the Harvard Business Review cited that US buildings are using up to 70% of the nation’s energy. While they go on to recommend an industrialized approach to remedy this, JLL’s Dana Schneider actually recommends something quite different. Read the full article at JLL’s Project Management Blog

Glass of modern tower for business backgroundIn many ways, taking an industrialized approach to energy retrofits – by leveraging economies of scale and simplifying the decision-making process for buyers – is appealing. However, this approach doesn’t leave much room to account for the oftentimes vast differences between buildings – which can, in many cases, be the key to unlocking significant cost savings.

Since each building and its systems and occupants are unique, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach that will work for all buildings. A design-centered, holistic approach to a retrofit, in which all the interactions in a building’s envelope, systems, controls, occupants, capital plans, and investment strategies are considered, will yield substantially higher energy savings.… Read More