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Green Buildings

As a leader in real estate, the success of JLL is closely entwined with the evolution of the fast-moving green building agenda. Our green building services continue to differ across the world as we prioritize the concerns of our local clients and communities. However, a constant in each region is that the lifecycle of a building is addressed through our services – beginning with the design and planning, through to construction, occupation, refurbishment, and ending with a sale. This property lifecycle underpins our green building services and, in many ways, everything we do that is sustainability-related at JLL.

Improving the sustainability of our clients' portfolios beyond energy management

We will not achieve sustainable real estate unless sustainability is incorporated at every stage of the property lifecycle and throughout our Real Estate Services (see table below). Key ways in which we manage clients’ portfolios include:

Building certifications – JLL has a strong track record in helping owners and occupiers achieve targeted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and other green building certifications. Our ambition to deliver the highest standards to clients worldwide through our sustainability expertise was demonstrated when we became the world’s top employer of LEED Accredited Professionals and Green Associates.

Green leasing – Our network of leasing and sustainability experts are helping a growing number of clients to achieve their carbon reduction and wider sustainability ambitions. This ranges from pre-acquisition sustainability audits of buildings to determining energy and cost savings that might be achieved through to integrating sustainability factors into lease administration.

Enhancing workplace productivity - JLL is taking an active role in a global research project led by the World Green Building Council to better understand the link between employee health, well-being and productivity and sustainable workplaces. In the first phase of the project, JLL experts sat on the project’s Steering Committee and were involved with its technical working groups that are looking to develop common metrics that measure productivity and well-being, as well as providing guidance on the type of features that will improve performance in these areas. The final report, titled Health Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices can be found here. JLL is continuing its role in the second phase of the project, Better Places for People.

Global Real Estate Services and our sustainability capabilities
Advisory & Other Leasing Services
  • Environmentally-focused portfolio and occupancy planning
  • Sustainability program development and implementation
  • Carbon tracking and reporting
  • Employee engagement programs
  • Green leasing
  • Prospective building assessments
  • Green lease performance management and administration
  • Green space interior design standards
Capital Markets & HotelsProject & Development Services
  • Green building valuation assessments
  • Sustainability focused building performance assessments
  • New high performance building development
  • Existing building retrofits
  • Green tenant fit-outs
LaSalle Investment Management Property and Facilities Management
  • Portfolio sustainability program management
  • Sustainability performance measurement, tracking and reporting
  • Energy and Sustainability Services portfolio program management


Making our own space green

It is the intent of JLL to create work environments that reflect our corporate culture. We seek an environment that is effective, efficient and collaborative and we use marketplace best practices to help us achieve our work space utilization goals. Our office occupation strategy also seeks to minimize our impact on the environment. By looking at both materials and processes, we are greening our space in a multitude of ways that also make sound, commercial sense. Much of this is channelled through our alternative workplace strategies that are in place at many JLL offices, including JLL’s propriety WorkSmart model which uses non-assigned desks to create multiple work settings. When this model was implemented at our Sydney office, 71% of employees at the office said they were more productive following the introduction of the model.