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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

Maximizing Energy Savings: Addressing the Building Envelope

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Interested in learning more about maximizing your building’s energy savings? Join us for an upcoming webcast on Friday, January 15 at 12:30pm EST. To register for this free webcast, please click here.

The energy performance of existing buildings is an important part of the future energy landscape, and a major challenge for building owners and operators.

BuildingEnvelopeIn order to address rising energy costs and reduce energy consumption, it is essential that we examine ways to improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings – which includes not only improving system efficiencies, but also upgrading the physical structure itself.

Whether retrofitting existing windows to reduce summer heat load and winter heat loss (as JLL did at the Empire State Building in New York City) or installing more energy efficient insulation, updates to a building’s envelope can achieve considerable energy savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.… Read More