Category Archives: Project Management

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

7 Steps to Energy Management

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Wayne Alldredge
Energy and Sustainability Services

I get asked frequently about energy management and how to implement a program. I thought I would recommend to you my 7 Steps in getting your energy management program going.

Step 1: Develop a clear and consistent Conservation Directive from top Executive Management – Delivering consistent, simple objectives for workers to follow helps ensure continued energy management awareness and develops… Read More

Moving forward with LEED v4

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Carey Guerin
Energy and Sustainability Services

 

The cut-off date to test under the LEED v2009 material was June 15 and that deadline sparked action by many people to complete this career goal that most likely has been on their to-do list for a while.

A recent study shows that demand for LEED professionals and the knowledge they bring to the work place has increased 46% in… Read More

Building Condition Assessments Move Beyond Due Diligence

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Joseph Andronaco
ProSite Building Assesments

In the early 1990s, the building condition assessment came into favor as part of the due diligence process.  Essentially, professional engineers and architects performed in-depth building inspections to support property transfers.

Over the past few years, the building condition assessment has grown into a powerful  tool for commercial building owners to make their existing assets greener and more… Read More

Extreme Makeover: Commercial Construction Industry, GREEN Edition

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Dermot Roe
National Construction Lead 

 

Many wondered if the U.S. commercial construction industry would ever recover from the darkest days of the recession, particularly in late 2009 and early 2010. Jones Lang LaSalle’s (JLL) 2013 Construction Outlook finds that “Extreme Makeover” couldn’t be more appropriate for the commercial construction industry comparing 2009 to present. Just a few years after the recession brought the U.S.… Read More