tenants are becoming involved.
Jones Lang LaSalle has committed 98 million square feet of properties that it manages to the BBI
Challenge. Overall, the response
from property managers has been
“But, with so many buildings
under management it’s no surprise
that we’re seeing a range of responses,” said Richard Veith, CPM,
a vice president at Jones Lang LaSalle in Pittsburgh. Many of Jones
Lang LaSalle’s property managers
were focused on improving energy
performance well before BBI was
Some property managers have
already done so much with their
properties that an additional 20 percent improvement does not seem
attainable, notes Veith. But those
buildings that have yet to make
energy savings a priority actually
represent the greatest opportunity
for improvements if managers can
convince clients that any capital
improvements will produce a good
return on investment.
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The BBI is trying to drive home the
point with owners, managers and
tenants that energy efficiency makes
good financial sense. According
to a White House statement, commercial buildings consumed about
20 percent of all energy used by the
U.S. economy in 2010. A 20 percent
reduction across the board would
produce an estimated $40 billion in
“Owners are always looking for cost-effective ways to reduce energy because, if you do, obviously there is a savings there,” said Carolyn Perrigo,
CPM, CSM, a senior vice president at Transwestern in southern California.
Transwestern has enrolled 442 office buildings totaling some 78 million
square feet of managed properties in the challenge. In addition, Transwestern hopes to exceed the challenge goal by achieving an even higher 25 percent reduction in energy use by 2020.
The BBI challenges property managers who have been focused on energy efficiency to fine-tune and embrace practices to find additional savings,
notes Perrigo. Managers need to stay focused on energy efficiency, as well as
emerging technologies that can boost savings in lighting, mechanical, boiler
efficiencies, roofing and other equipment.