Tag Archives: Legislation

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

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

Live from COP21: Climate Change and the Future of Clean Energy Technology

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JLL’s Dan Probst and Sarah Nicholls are joining world leaders and experts from the private and public sectors at the United Nations climate conference – known as COP21 – in Paris. Check back daily for Dan and Sarah’s live updates throughout the conference.

Greetings from Day 3 at COP21. Overall, optimism remains high that history is being made as countries from around the world move closer to a global agreement. I continue to be amazed at the level of business participation at these events and the number of corporate CEOs (many of them our clients) who are actively participating. It’s fun to hear a CEO talk about the value of converting to LED lighting.… Read More

How Obama’s Power Plant Rule Affects Commercial Real Estate

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Dave Gralnik

 

 

Posted by: Dave Gralnik

Energy & Sustainability Services

 

President Obama’s Power Plant Rule imposes greenhouse gas emission targets on utilities on a state-by-state basis.

While the target is fossil-fuel generating plants, the impact will reach owners of commercial real estate, and the opportunity could be a (sorry) windfall.

Of the many ways that utilities will respond, encouraging customers to use renewable energy on-site or through the… Read More

Want To Save Energy? Go Downtown!

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Bob Best

 

 

Posted by: Bob Best

Energy and Sustainability Services

 

Much of our energy-saving efforts are focused on cities.

Why?

Two reasons.

First, though they represent about 2% of land use, they consume about 70% of the world’s energy.  So, they are where the biggest potential lies.

Second, cities are the right governmental level for maximum impact. They control codes and regulations. Cities have the infrastructure (inspectors and licensing agencies)… Read More