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JLL – Sustainable Building
Around the U.S. and across the world, more and more cities are placing sustainability at the forefront of their commercial real estate construction. Cities that embrace sustainable building work toward an environmentally, socially and economically healthy place of living for existing residents without compromising the ability of future generations to experience the same. While energy efficiency may be the primary goal of these initiatives, many additional benefits come with an investment in sustainable building.
At this year’s Building Energy Summit, Darlene Pope, JLL Senior Vice President of Energy and Sustainability Services said, “When you consider that companies spend 10 times their energy costs on real estate, and 100 times their energy costs on their workforce, we have to consider how technology impacts the bigger picture. When we improve worker productivity and deliver a better use of space along with the energy savings, the return on investment is exponential.”
In support of its mission to become a more sustainable city, the Indianapolis Office of Sustainability is making strides by developing policies, programs, and initiatives to promote green building practices, remove barriers and engage citizens in improving their city. Indianapolis is committed to increasing the number of green buildings in both the public and private sector to create a better future and quality of life for its residents and businesses.
The Indianapolis Airport, which boasts thousands of solar panels and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, has been a major catalyst for an increased focus on sustainability in Indy. Last spring, the airport began supporting beekeeping operations on its property, making it one of only a few in the country to do so.
At JLL, we recognize the importance that green building initiatives play in making cities as a whole more sustainable. That’s why we seek to improve the sustainability of our clients’ property portfolios at every stage of the property lifecycle. We do this by helping owners achieve targeted LEED certifications and other green building accreditations. JLL helps clients achieve carbon reduction and wider sustainability ambitions by focusing on green building factors including:
- Pre-acquisition sustainability audits
- New high performance building development
- Existing building retrofits
- Green tenant fit-outs
- Green space interior design standards
- Carbon tracking and reporting
- Employee engagement programs
- Environmentally-focused portfolio and occupancy planning
The Precedent Office Park in Indy was recently awarded Energy Star Accreditation. For the 1.2 million square foot office park, this certification means it uses an average of 35% less energy than typical buildings and also releases 35% less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. In order to achieve this, Precedent Co-Investor, LLC and JLL Indy worked together to improve the buildings’ energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to the buildings.
A focus on sustainability could go a long way in pushing Indianapolis into the future as a formidable city, supporting its businesses and its residents.