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Reinforcing its commitment to the environment, sustainable real estate and workplace well-being
Jones Lang LaSalle, the world’s leading real estate services firm, has recently achieved the Gold Certification of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) for its new Guangzhou office. This is Jones Lang LaSalle’s first corporate office in Mainland China to achieve LEED certification, and the fifth worldwide, reinforcing its global commitment to the environment, sustainable real estate and workplace well-being.Established by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), LEED-CI v2009 is the green benchmark for the tenant improvement market. It is the recognized system for certifying high-performance green interiors that are healthy, productive places to work, are less costly to operate and maintain, and have a reduced environmental footprint. Having achieved all 69 of the targeted LEED points, Jones Lang LaSalle Guangzhou secured the second-highest level of LEED certification measured across five major credit categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality. Jones Lang LaSalle Guangzhou is among the less than135 gold-or-above LEED certifications granted in Asia Pacific to date, of which only 48 projects awarded in Mainland China.“The LEED Gold certification of our Guangzhou office sets another operational milestone for us in South China,” noted Jex Ng, Managing Director of Jones Lang LaSalle Guangzhou and Shenzhen. “It reflects our long-standing strategy of sustainability and demonstrates our walk-the-talk commitment to driving green premises and sustainable practices, wherever we operate worldwide,” added Ng.Jones Lang LaSalle’s new 1,112-sqm Guangzhou office is located on the 24th floor of the Guangzhou International Finance Center, the city’s tallest building. Locates in the core CBD, it provides the staff with easy access and proximity to the extensive public transportation network that enables eco-friendly work-commute practices of employees. Green design was incorporated in terms of high level usage of natural daylight, layout efficiency and an adaptive control scheme to optimize energy consumption. The interior fit-out of the office sought to build a healthy and productive workplace that is cost-effective and has a reduced negative impact on the environment. Another design focus was to promote staff bonding and increase productivity by adding features that encourage ‘Work-Life Balance’, i.e entertainment facilities.As a strong supporter of LEED, Jones Lang LaSalle has driven many firsts in green buildings around the world. In 2011, the Firm achieved LEED Platinum for its Hong Kong office by earning not only the highest level of LEED certification, but also the highest score of all LEED-CI certified projects at that time.“We are proud to have achieved such a meaningful certificate for our Guangzhou office,” said Parker White, Head of Energy and Sustainability Services for Jones Lang LaSalle Greater China. “Energy and sustainability services affect every business unit, geography and all aspects of the commercial real estate business. We are not only able to provide a healthier working environment for our people; our key differentiator is our ability to apply lessons learned at every phase of the real estate cycle through our portfolio which gives us a uniquely large and diverse perspective to see the best practices and technologies in the industry,” added White.As the only solutions provider with proven expertise to offer a comprehensive menu of energy and real estate services in China, Jones Lang LaSalle commits to optimize the real estate performance and sustainability targets of its clients. We have a strong track record in helping owners and occupiers achieve targeted LEED levels. Through the innovative tools, technologies and best practices developed for its own occupied premises, Jones Lang LaSalle is well-positioned to help clients maximize environmental and savings benefits on their leased portfolio. Jones Lang LaSalle has helped its clients to achieve USD 128 million in energy savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 563,000 tons, and has serviced over 1.6 million sqm of LEED property in China.
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