Category Archives: Smart Buildings

Powering smarter buildings with Grid 2.0

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The U.S. power grid summons to mind colossal-sized images: sky-high transmission towers, enormous generating stations and soaring high-voltage transmission lines. It’s a vast, mature and highly complicated infrastructure that continues to keep our homes and businesses illuminated, temperature controlled and vibrantly humming with energy.

Green_PowerGridThe current grid is made up of 2.7 million miles of power lines with power from 5,800 power plants regulated by 3,200 utilities. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, fossil fuel power plants using coal, oil or natural gas generate 70 percent of the power for the U.S. with nuclear power plants generating 20 percent. There is a need to not only address the current grid model, but to improve the grid, how we access it and, more importantly, how we pay for energy.

As markets rapidly evolve in an increasingly connected world, power grid technology is physically becoming smaller and our energy density is becoming greater. Thanks to wireless communications and innovative software applications, we are able to integrate electricity generation, transmission and load with data analytics to better understand what is happening on both sides of an electrical meter. It’s called Grid 2.0, and it’s no longer the grid of the future thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT). It is quickly becoming the grid of the here and now, analyzing and integrating data, and adjusting, distributing and personalizing energy based on real-time supply and demand.… Read More

Managing real estate is critical to managing climate change

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In  advance of the COP22 conference that was held in Marrakech November 7-18, JLL’s CEO, Christian Ulbrich, shares his thoughts on the important role commercial real estate plays on environmental sustainability in COP 22’s Climate Change: The New Economy. Read the full article here.

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5 steps to create a happier – and more productive – workplace

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There’s no doubt that creating a happier, healthier workplace can pay dividends – especially when it comes to driving productivity (not to mention, attracting and retaining top talent). But where should your organization start on your journey to build a happier work environment by inspiring mindfulness and gratitude? While opportunities to inspire a happier workforce abound, the below suggestions are a useful starting point.

While it’s impossible to build a happier work environment overnight, there are a number of simple steps that you can take as you start your journey to a happier, more productive workplace:… Read More

Smart buildings, smarter workplaces

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The applications of smart building technology are practically endless — from advanced lighting and HVAC controls to room scheduling and wayfinding. But what do these new solutions mean for your business? What does the workplace of the future look like, and how can you take advantage of smart buildings today?

JLL’s Darlene Pope and Bob Best recently sat down with Work Design Magazine to discuss how smart buildings are transforming the modern workplace experience. Watch the webinar here 

There’s no doubt that smart technology is changing the way that buildings operate and the way that people work – and the implications for your workplace strategy are profound.

Here are 3 things that you need to know as you consider how smart building technology can help you to create a more sustainable and more productive workplace:… Read More

3 lighting trends that you need to know about

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In April, JLL’s Larry Lubeck attended LIGHTFAIR International in San Diego, the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference. At this event, industry-leading organizations presented the latest and greatest innovations in lighting. Below, Larry discusses where the lighting industry is going and calls out 3 important lighting trends that you need to know about.

There’s no doubt that technological advances are revolutionizing the lighting industry – and new, advanced products are continually being brought to the marketplace. The amount of information related to watts, lumens, sensors, wireless, Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), blue tooth, lamp construction, and other topics can be overwhelming to navigate, especially as the industry evolves at such a rapid pace.

So, what lighting trends do you need to be aware of as your organization navigates this new territory?

  • Lighting systems, meet wireless. Web-enabled smart lighting systems offer a multitude of benefits – from offering advanced control over your lighting systems (in many cases, from a mobile device) to gathering valuable occupancy data that you can use to identify how and when spaces are utilized. The benefits don’t stop there, however – by offering your employees the opportunity to customize their work environment by setting their own lighting preferences, you’re also able to enhance and elevate the experiences that your employees have in your facilities each day.

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