Category Archives: Technology

Solar and Storage: the Dynamic Duo

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Valentine’s Day conjures up some of history’s best duos: Romeo and Juliet; Hans Solo and Chewbacca; peanut butter and jelly. At JLL, we’re thinking of another remarkable pair – one that gives both sustainability and financial experts reason to celebrate: solar and storage.

While solar power generation isn’t new, it has reached a crucial tipping point. Sourcing energy from the sun is not only commercially viable, it can be a sound economic opportunity for companies willing to invest in sustainable energy infrastructure.Solar cells at sunset.

But the reality is that the sun doesn’t shine 24 hours a day. Solar power can only create energy (and offset non-solar energy) during daylight hours. When the sun sets, it’s game over. With a finite amount of daylight to collect solar Photovoltaic (PV) energy, is there a way to capture and extend power-producing sunlight?

There is, according to Kyle Goehring, National Alternative Energy Services Manager at JLL. The answer is solar power plus battery storage. … 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

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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The future of real estate is here: Takeaways from the 2016 Building Energy Summit®

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On March 16, the Building Energy Summit® in Washington D.C. brought together real estate, energy and technology professionals to explore what the technology revolution means for the industry. Experts discussed a wide range of topics, from Real Estate beyond the Digital Age to the impact of the Paris Agreement. Below, Darlene Pope calls out three key takeaways from the discussions at the Summit. 

There’s no question that technology is disrupting the way that business is done – and it’s transforming the world of commercial real estate. It’s changing how your buildings operate and how your people work – and it’s requiring your business to adapt accordingly.… Read More