SINGAPORE, 6 August 2009 – Underscoring its leadership position in environmental sustainability services, Jones Lang LaSalle announced today that it has not simply met but surpassed its 2009 goal of employing 500 sustainability accredited professionals worldwide – six months ahead of its stated goal. No other real estate firm has close to as many accredited individuals, or has completed as many certification projects.
At the start of July 2009, the firm documented that 544 employees in 14 countries worldwide had attained the status of LEED® Accredited Professional (AP) or equivalent designation, signifying advanced knowledge and expertise in green building practices.
As part of the Global Sustainability Commitment, Jones Lang LaSalle in April 2008 pledged to increase its sustainability-accredited professionals—including LEED, BREEAM, IEMA, NABERS Energy, Green Star and Casbee—to 200 in 2008 and to 500 in 2009. The firm ended 2008 with 333 sustainability accredited professionals and added another 200-plus APs to its ranks in the first six months of 2009.
“This was an ambitious goal, but we have a firm-wide determination to be the sustainability leader in the real estate industry and are very proud of all of our employees who have put the time and effort into earning this prestigious accreditation,” says Lauralee Martin, LEED AP, Global Chief Operating and Financial Officer of Jones Lang LaSalle. “The future of commercial real estate is in sustainable buildings, and LEED accreditation reinforces our commitment to being the energy and sustainability leader in the real estate sector.”
In Asia Pacific, the number of sustainability APs grew to more than 35, an increase of about 70% during the first six months of 2009.
The firm’s Energy & Sustainability Services team in the region has been involved in more than 43 sustainability-related assignments in the past three years, including seven LEED projects and six Green Star-rated buildings. In addition, the team has extensive experience with performance-based rating systems, having been involved in more than 30 NABERS Energy assignments in Australia for both building owners and tenants during this period.
Anita Mitchell, Head of Energy and Sustainability Services, Australasia and Strategy, Asia Pacific says, “Sustainable buildings make good business sense in addition to being environmentally responsible. As the awareness and importance of green buildings intensifies, we will continue to see further demands being made on the real estate industry. We see the investment in ongoing training and certification of our staff to be one of the more significant differentiators for us in the market. We believe we provide best in class service and part of this is to have sustainability thinking integrated into our service offering. Our firm will continue to grow its base of APs and equip staff with the latest knowledge of innovative approaches to sustainability to better service our clients”
Jones Lang LaSalle has sustainability APs across the world, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Poland, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, the UK and the U.S.
In keeping with its integrated approach to service delivery and firmwide commitment to sustainability, the company employs APs in a wide range of business units, including: project and development services property and facility management; construction; energy and sustainability services; retail property management; tenant representation; investment management; agency leasing, strategic consulting; and public institutions, as well as infrastructure groups such as finance and marketing.
Properties certified with Jones Lang LaSalle’s assistance include office buildings, R&D buildings, multi-family, educational institutions, corporate headquarters, bank branches and commercial interiors
The firm’s experience in applying sustainability rating tools in both design and operation for new developments, existing buildings and office interiors ensures that its professional staff can assist owners and occupiers in all phases of building development and operations.
Experience with certified buildings in Asia Pacific and across the world
Globally, Jones Lang LaSalle has assisted clients in managing and gaining certification on 28 LEED properties to date, more than any other real estate services firm. In addition, the firm has played a major role in sustainability-certified projects across Asia Pacific and the world, including:
- The first LEED certified building in India
- The largest LEED Gold building in the world in Chennai
- The largest 6-star Green Star rated office development in Australia
- The first triple-accredited facility in the world for a major global client in Bangalore
- Property management for some of the greenest buildings in Australia with 5-Star NABERS Energy ratings and 6-Star Green Star ratings
- The first LEED Platinum high-rise office building in the U.S.
- The first LEED certified project in Mexico.
- The first LEED Platinum certified retail bank branch
- LEED Platinum certification for McDonald’s Corporation’s headquarters campus in Oakbrook, Ill.
- LEED certification for existing multi-tenant office buildings in Manhattan, Boston, Denver, Chicago and the Washington, D.C. area.
In April, the firm announced it would spearhead an initiative to gain LEED Gold certification at the Empire State Building in New York.