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Jones Lang LaSalle joins a small group of only 11 offices across Australia to achieve a 6 Star Green Star rating – demonstrating leadership in sustainability

The move to an ABW fitout at 420 George Street has cut down the firm’s energy consumption in Sydney by 52% over the first year of occupation and will save enough energy over a 10-year period to power 411 residential homes in NSW

AUSTRALIA, 18 APRIL 2013 – Jones Lang LaSalle has joined a small group of 11 offices across Australia to achieve a 6 Star Green Star Office Interiors v1.1 certified rating for its office fitout at 420 George Street in Sydney – the highest rating awarded by the Green Building Council of Australia.

Jones Lang LaSalle scored highest for its energy initiatives and also was awarded points under the innovation category for its own brand of Activity Based Working (ABW) developed in-house, called WorkSmart@420.
CEO of Jones Lang LaSalle Australia, Stephen Conry said, “To achieve the highest rating possible for our own premises demonstrates that we are ‘walking the talk’ on the critical issue of the greening of office buildings in Australia. We have invested a lot of time and effort in creating the best possible work environment for our staff.  We are pleased to be able to practice what we preach to our clients when advising them on sustainability in their office accommodation.
“We embarked on the journey to Activity Based Working a year ago and the results of our energy consumption over that one-year period in the Sydney office have been remarkable – a 52% saving in energy as a result of our new office fitout.
“The projections over our 10-year lease period is that we will save enough energy to power 411 residential homes in NSW, based on the average electricity use of a NSW home,” said Mr Conry.
Australian Director of Sustainability, Joel Quintal said the achievement of the 6 Star rating represented world leadership in environmentally sustainable design and construction and demonstrates the ongoing commitment of Jones Lang LaSalle to Sustainability and the importance in the commercial property sector to the greening of office buildings in Australia.
“The firm’s Global Sustainability Commitment ensures that we lead the transformation of the real estate industry by making a positive impact both in and beyond our business.
“As a provider of integrated real estate services, including Energy and Sustainability Services, we recognise the significant opportunity we have to drive change both in Australia and globally,” said Mr Quintal.
Jones Lang LaSalle leveraged the skill set of its Corporate Solutions Division to develop the WorkSmart model in-house and utilised the skills of its Project and Development Services Division to complete the fitout for 420 George Street.
Mr Conry said, “I am particularly proud of the fact that we managed the fitout of our new space at 420 George in-house, through our Project and Development Services team.  They invested heavily in using sustainable products to create a healthy work environment, including GECA (Good Environmental Choice Australia) certified furniture.
“The firm also developed the WorkSmart@420 concept in-house, through our Corporate Solutions Division and Australia was the pioneer as the first to roll out this new workplace model.
“I want to congratulate everyone who has been involved in the process of our move to ABW for this outstanding achievement of a 6 Star Green Star rating.  It is not easy to achieve, which is demonstrated in the fact that only 11 offices throughout Australia have achieved this certification.
“The figures show that only 11 offices out of a total of 107 projects under the Office Interiors v1.1 rating tool have received 6 Star Green Star certification,” said Mr Conry.
Mr Quintal said, “We utilised the best experts in green buildings to achieve this success of a 6 Star Green Star rating.  We formed a strong partnership with BSE (Building Services Engineers) who were the technical advisers and worked with us across all 8 categories under the Green Star rating tool.”
Jones Lang LaSalle scored highest for energy efficiency by focusing on efficient lighting and cooling equipment and have installed an information screen in their reception to track energy consumption across their three floors.  High scores were also recorded for Management, due to the high recycling of waste during the construction phase of the office fitout, and under the Materials category due to the low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) materials selected as part of the fitout.
“VOC’s are a group of compounds that are present in any office and have been linked to health issues.  The health and well-being of our staff was front of mind during the fitout project and we now have one of the most sustainable and healthy work environments for our staff,” said Mr Quintal.
Jones Lang LaSalle’s offices are located over three floors of the office tower, 420 George.  This building has achieved a 5 Star Green Star Office As Built v2 rating.
About WorkSmart
WorkSmart is the new standard in workplace at Jones Lang LaSalle.
It is Jones Lang LaSalle’s proprietary activity based working
program. WorkSmart is an integrated and innovative approach
to the work environment and considers how people, places and
technology enable all of our staff to perform at their best.
The program provides a combination of non-traditional work
practices, non-territorial activity settings and multiple work locations.
This supports enhanced mobility of teams and individuals, as well
as more effective utilisation of the workspace.