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Underlining its position as a pioneer in the industry in promoting green buildings
London, 09 September 2011 - Jones Lang LaSalle, the real estate industry’s leading firm, has set a new industry standard and achieved LEED® Platinum for its Hong Kong office located at Three Pacific Place, with the highest number of points of any certified project using the LEED for Commercial Interiors rating system in the world today. The Firm is the first real estate company to secure this platinum level of rating.
Platinum is the highest level of LEED certification, established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). There are less than 580 LEED Platinum projects in the world, and in Asia Pacific, only 55 projects have been granted the certification. Jones Lang LaSalle Hong Kong not only earned LEED Platinum but, by earning 95 points, outscored all other certified projects using the LEED for Commercial Interiors rating system, beating the USGBC’s own headquarters space by one point.
Gavin Morgan, Deputy Managing Director of Jones Lang LaSalle Hong Kong, remarks, 'We are delighted to be the first firm in the Hong Kong real estate industry to achieve LEED Platinum, and obtaining the highest global score is an accolade that we are proud of. Jones Lang LaSalle has long been at the forefront of advisory on green premises matters, and is committed to driving sustainable practices in the region. LEED certification is clear testament to the fact that we practise what we preach.”
“Jones Lang LaSalle has been a long time user and supporter of LEED, and this recent achievement cements their commitment to the environment and the health, comfort and well-being of their employees and customers,” says Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, US Green Building Council.
Jones Lang LaSalle’s LEED Platinum certification was a result of the collaboration between its Project and Development Services team, which oversaw the company’s renovation project in Hong Kong, together with the vendor, MMoser Associates and the Firms Engineering and Operations Solutions team to achieve the LEED certification.
Jones Lang LaSalle’s new 27,068-sq ft office at Three Pacific Place is located at the 5th and 6th floors and houses nearly 250 staff. The company sought to create a healthier and more productive workplace that is less costly to operate and has a reduced impact on the environment. To achieve this, a green-designed building was selected featuring high levels of natural daylight, an efficient layout and an adaptive control scheme to optimise energy consumption. Another focus for the project was to improve indoor air quality, which was achieved through carefully selected building materials during the renovation.
“The steps the team has taken have paid off tangibly, resulting in a 13% reduction in energy consumption per square foot. What’s more important is that the improved air quality has made our office a healthier working environment; an analysis of sick days per employee during the first seven months of moving into the new premises translates into a 32% reduction in absenteeism. Although there are a number of reasons that could have contributed to the reduction, a healthier workplace is definitely one of the biggest factors in enhancing our productivity. We are extremely pleased with the result,” notes Morgan.
Developing green buildings not only provides environmentally friendly premises, but also financial benefits, as green buildings are designed to consume fewer resources—leading to lower operating and maintenance costs. A building that has obtained green certification also allows developers to capitalise on their investment by advertising the property's rating to tenants or buyers who are interested in acquiring high-performance buildings.
According to the USGBC, an upfront investment of 2% in green building design, on average, results in life cycle savings of 20% of the total construction costs—ten times the initial investment. Most importantly, there is compelling proof that a workplace with good air quality, a comfortable temperature and plenty of natural light is likely to result in a more productive workforce.
Julie Hirigoyen, Head of Jones Lang LaSalle’s EMEA Energy and Sustainability team, concluded; “The trend towards green buildings in corporate real estate will continue to flourish in the coming years. International corporate occupiers will be looking at commercial interiors as a means to build healthier and more productive workplaces for employees that are less costly to operate and have a reduced negative impact on the environment.”
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