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Earth Hour: Dimming commercial building lights for a brighter future

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03_eh-60-logo_stacked-clr_jpegEarth Hour is the largest grassroots movement focused on building awareness of climate change. The movement, which encourages people to limit their use of electricity for one hour, has empowered people around the globe to mobilize – in person and online – in support of fighting climate change. From its humble origins in 2007 as a one-city event in Sydney, the movement organized by the World Wildlife Fund has grown steadily each year, and spread to 178 countries across seven continents by 2016.

This year marks the eleventh annual Earth Hour celebration. On March 25 at 8:30 p.m. your local time, millions of people will turn off their lights for one hour to promote a more sustainable future for our planet. In more dramatic fashion, countries and organizations will show their support by turning off the lights on hundreds of historic landmarks and monuments. Last year the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House, the Parthenon in Athens, and the Empire State Building all went dark for Earth Hour.

Earth Hour is an important reminder of the impact real estate has on the environment. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, commercial and residential buildings in the U.S. consume 39 percent of the country’s total energy consumption and account for 38 percent of carbon dioxide emissions – one of the primary greenhouse gases that cause global warming. In addition to increasing carbon emissions, the growth of our cities is causing harmful light pollution. A number of companies and cities that have participated in Earth Hour used the event as a launching pad for other energy management and sustainable efforts.… Read More

Where does your market stack-up for sustainability transparency?

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JLL’s Global Real Estate Transparency Index charts the evolution of real estate transparency in more than 100 markets across the globe. The Index compares data availability, governance, transaction processes, property rights, and the regulatory/legal environment to reveal which countries provide the most favorable operating environments for investors, developers and corporate occupiers. Sustainability transparency, analysed for 37 markets, is a separate module and looks at seven environmental sustainability tools.

The results are in: JLL’s 2016 Real Estate Environmental Sustainability Transparency Index calls out the markets that are both leading the pack and lagging behind when it comes to sustainability considerations. Take a look at the graphic below to learn more about where your country falls:

JLL’s 2016 Real Estate Environmental Sustainability Transparency Index

France was the top sustainability player in 2016, largely as a result of legislation – targeting specific companies and industries and consistently rolled-out – designed to facilitate the transition to a low-carbon economy:… Read More

4 things you need to know about solar battery storage

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Simone Concha, JLL’s Director of Sustainability – Australia, discusses the concept of solar battery storage and what it means for your business. To learn more about the benefits that solar battery storage can bring to your organization, contact JLL’s Alternative Energy Services team.    

What is a solar battery?

Solar battery storage is a way of saving the energy generated by solar panels, to be used at a time when the sun is not shining. It’s more significant than you may think: while traditional solar power is considered “variable” – because it is affected by weather, time of day, and other factors – solar battery storage offers a consistent, reliable alternative.

As a result, solar battery storage has the potential to drive down the cost of renewable electricity and increase the uptake of electric cars – both of which are important milestones in the transition to a low carbon economy.… Read More

Build a stronger sustainability program: Takeaways from the Earth Hour movement

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Building a successful sustainability program is no simple task – requiring a well-thought-out strategy and dedicated resources. But creating your program is only part of the challenge – communicating your sustainability message and engaging your audience (including employees, clients, and shareholders, among others) are also integral parts of a successful sustainability program.

JLL’s Susannah West, Sustainability Director in South Asia, uses global grassroots movement Earth Hour as a case study in sustainability engagement and identifies four key takeaways that you can apply to your own sustainability program.  

How do you convince individuals that collectively they can make a difference? The answer might be simpler than you think – create a symbolic event that could become a movement. And so Earth Hour was born in 2007 as an event where residents of Sydney, Australia could raise awareness about the need for urgent action on global warming by turning off their lights for one hour.… Read More

Are you (and your buildings) prepared for real estate beyond the Digital Age?

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There’s no question that the technology revolution is here – and it’s transforming the world of commercial real estate. Join us for a live broadcast of Real Estate Beyond the Digital Age, the opening session of the 2016 Building Energy Summit, at 8:30am EDT on March 16, 2016, to learn more from senior executives at Marriott, Cisco, and JLL about their vision of the future of real estate. 

As new technologies change how your buildings operate and how your people work, everyone is talking about smart buildings. What’s all the hype about?

What is a smart building?

In a smart building, a centralized network integrates your Internet-enabled building systems so they can communicate, share data and operate more efficiently. This network forms the backbone of your smart building, and it’s where you’ll integrate your smart applications. The options for smart applications are practically endless – ranging from individual lighting and temperature controls, workspace management platforms, and access controls (among many others).… Read More