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Better design thinking to battle floods

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While the devastation brought by Hurricane Harvey grabbed international attention, other U.S. cities began to feel the pangs of nervousness as many of them are becoming more vulnerable to fiercer storms. In fact, New York City is already reviewing its plans for a massive rainstorm as the existing infrastructure cannot handle more than 1.75 inches of rainfall per hour.

High and fast water rising in Bayou River with downtown Houston in background under cloud blue sky. Heavy rains from Hurricane Harvey caused many flooded areas in greater Houston area.

In the U.S., the National Climate Assessment has observed above-average rainfall since 1991 with the greatest increase in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains regions, which have seen a rise of over 30 percent compared to pre-1960 levels.

Going by recent reports, floods cause greater property damage and more deaths than tornadoes or hurricanes. And Houston’s flood was truly a disaster of proportions: the sky unloaded nine trillion gallons of water on the city within two days!

With cities continuing to grow upwards and outwards, the effects of heavy rainfall been compounded. “The more impermeable surfaces you have, the more you obstruct natural runoff,” says Franz Jenowein, JLL’s Director of Global Sustainability Research. “This translates to greater potential for excess water to negatively affect cities.”

It is equally a design problem as much as it is climate change. In the face of such natural calamities, better urban planning and city design can come to the rescue.

Build to suit?

Urbanization has been blamed for many modern day environmental disasters. However, there can be an exception. “Urbanization can be a problem—but it can also offer solutions,” says Jenowein, citing Singapore as a case in point.… Read More

Green building policies at the touch of a button

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phone in handLast month, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) launched an online Public Policy Library that allows users to look up green building and LEED-specific policies across the United States. The interactive database provides information on federal, state and local policies as well as tax incentives and benchmarking. The USGBC updates the database so that visitors can stay abreast of the latest changes in green building policy, and it also encourages users to update the library.

“In order to stay as fresh and current as possible, we need your help,” the USGBC said in a press release.… Read More

Adding up the sustainability transparency equation

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JLL’s 2016 Real Estate Environmental Sustainability Transparency Index analyses sustainability transparency in real estate for 37 markets across the globe. The index identifies those markets that are leading the charge for sustainability, as well as those markets that are lagging behind, based on analysis of seven environmental sustainability indicators.

The 2016 Sustainability Transparency Index reveals slow – yet steady – progress as sustainability considerations grow in importance across the globe. The Index, which measures transparency based on a 5-point scale (with country scores towards 1 qualified as “highly transparent” and scores towards 5 as “opaque”) for seven different indicators, shows steady improvement over recent years.

 

 

But the obvious question remains – what environmental sustainability factors indicate whether a market is opaque or transparent?Read More

Sustainability isn’t just a buzzword – it’s a business mandate

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Each year, the GreenBiz Forum brings leaders from the business community together to discuss key sustainability trends, strategies and best practices. JLL’s Dan Probst, Global Chairman of Energy and Sustainability, will attend the forum alongside Colin Dyer, JLL’s President and CEO. Below, Dan discusses why sustainability is more than just a passing fad – it’s an essential part of doing business. To learn more about the GreenBiz Forum, held February 23-25 in Phoenix, AZ, please click here.

Sustainability is an undeniably hot topic these days – boosted by global media coverage and borrowed by marketers to sell everything from bath products to Legos.

But to write-off sustainability as a temporary craze undermines its strategic value and benefits to the business community. In today’s business climate, sustainability isn’t just a buzzword – it’s a business mandate.HiRes

Not convinced of the value that a well-designed sustainability strategy can bring to your organization? … Read More

Green Buildings Perform Better… and So Do the Employees Who Work There

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Simone Concha, JLL’s Director of Sustainability – Australia, discusses the impact that sustainable buildings can have on employee performance.  

The fact that more efficient buildings cost less to operate and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions is now well-documented and widely-accepted. Changing out fluorescent lights to LEDs and re-commissioning HVAC systems has become a standard protocol in the facilities management profession. But the case for green buildings becomes even more compelling when reviewing… Read More