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Earlier this year, JLL Russia received a BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) ‘Country First Award’ for the certification of two business centers in Azerbaijan and Singapore. At the same time, grade A office project Greendale, planned in Moscow and certified at the interim stage by JLL Russia, was nominated as one of the highest scored BREEAM office projects in the world. Ksenia Agapova and Anton Dubrovsky oversaw the certification process.

Ksenia explained in her own words the value that BREEAM certification can bring to projects such as these: “The Baku White City Office Building in Azerbaijan represents one of the biggest redevelopment projects in the region and was awarded a BREEAM Good Rating. Project certification was an important mark of the improvements made to this area where a former oil refinery area had been turned into a vibrant and healthy urban environment. Chevron House in Singapore was constructed in 1993, and the asset quality was awarded a BREEAM In-Use rating of Good in December 2014. The assessment process was initiated by the building owners who have committed to certify all newly acquired assets to BREEAM standards.”

She continued: “The Baku White City project had been planned by a reputable architectural office with sustainability goals in mind. The building plan allows for natural ventilation and daylight, the shape of the building has been designed to be in keeping with the surrounding area, and the landscaping had been conceived with sustainability features in mind. However, the goal to certify the asset to BREEAM was introduced later during the construction phase. As a result, not all of the criteria were applicable for the project and our choice was very restricted.” In spite of this, the project team’s commitment to the certification process meant that we were still able to achieve a strong certification in a timely fashion.

“Regarding the Singapore project, we found that BREEAM water criteria are relatively easy to achieve as the city has very robust construction legislation aimed at driving down the demand for water. However, we did face a number of difficulties in achieving the biodiversity and ecology criteria as the area adjacent to the building is quite limited.”

Ksenia went on to outline some of the benefits that achieving BREEAM certification brings to our clients: “Being recognized as the first organization in Azerbaijan to achieve such a certification is a great opportunity for corporate marketing and helps to establish our client’s reputation as green building pioneers. The Baku White City Office Building has managed to attract a strong mix of tenants, including several international businesses. Chevron House meanwhile has helped to support improvements to the client’s service through detailed analysis of their sustainability performance.”

Following on from the successful attainment of the certification, the Azerbaijan Development Company (ADEC) said this about the achievement: “The high status of Baku White City redevelopment helps to increase awareness of environmental issues within the country. BREEAM was chosen by the project team as a recognized international benchmark of building quality and environmental performance. Achieving the criteria has not only helped us to save operating costs, but also to create a healthy and efficient environment for the building users and wider community.” 

The 4.0 billion square feet of space that JLL manages globally for our clients gives us the opportunity to develop industry-leading strategies, tools and technologies that significantly improve energy efficiency, societal impacts and costs.

Driving efficiencies for our clients
Estimates suggest that the built environment accounts for approximately 40 percent of the world’s energy consumption and one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions. The greatest contribution JLL can make toward helping tackle this global challenge is through the advice and services we provide to clients, helping them to significantly reduce their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. As well as the clear environmental benefits these activities deliver, they also yield significant operational and cost efficiencies.

During 2015, we helped deliver estimated energy savings for U.S. clients of 424 million kWh (247,000 metric tons of CO2e), equating to estimated cost savings of $47 million. This reduction in energy use is roughly equivalent to the average annual energy consumption of more than 26,000 homes.

Advising clients on renewable energy
JLL’s UK-based Energy and Infrastructure Advisory Group supports clients by identifying investment opportunities, raising capital, and providing significant financial and commercial know-how on every major renewable energy technology category. In 2015, JLL advised on installed or consented renewable energy projects that are estimated to have averted more than 233,000 metric tons of CO2e. If the renewable energy projects we advised on last year achieve planning consent or successful development, there is the potential to avoid an estimated further more than 1.5 million metric tons of carbon emissions. There has been nearly a threefold increase in the emissions averted through projects that have either been installed or received planning consent since 2014.

Energy advice at LaSalle Investment Management
LaSalle Investment Management has a significant opportunity to embed sustainability best practice and “triple bottom line” thinking into the $56.4 billion of assets that it acquires and manages for clients. One of LaSalle’s five guiding principles is to reduce the environmental impact and to monitor the effects of climate change on clients’ properties.

Energy and sustainability accredited professionals
JLL recognizes that building the capacity of our staff provides benefits to the individual, the firm and to our clients. Having the right skills for the job is a vital par t of being able to deliver world-class advice to our clients—and this is true for sustainability as much as it is for other areas of our business. By the end of 2015, we had 1,706 professionals with sustainability accreditations—LEED and others— working in our teams around the world.

Leading the way through better performing buildings
JLL’s operational expertise addresses the entire lifecycle of a building—from its design and planning of buildings through to construction, occupation, management, refurbishment and sale. Our professionals offer advice on how sustainability considerations can be embedded at each of these stages to maximize value for our clients. In 2015, our clients made use of our expertise to provide assistance on more than 11,400 buildings and we assisted our clients in achieving a total of 121 green building certifications.

Making the best use of technology
JLL’s commitment to technological innovation extends to our sustainability service offering for our clients. We have developed a number of in-house technology platforms to help us deliver our clients’ sustainability objectives. By deploying flexible technology solutions we are able to measure, manage and improve environmental impacts for more than 178,900 buildings included on these platforms.

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