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JLL’s Dubai office is now LEED Platinum certified

JLL’s DIFC office also incorporated best practices from the WELL Building Standard

JLL, a leading professional services firm specialised in real estate, investment management, and development consultancy services, has been awarded the coveted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification for its new office located at ICD Brookfield Place in the heart of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

In a statement, JLL reported its new office has achieved 17% energy savings over the ASHRAE baseline within the leased space. Energy conservation measures included lighting control systems for more than 98% of the occupant space, energy-efficient HVAC systems encompassing CO sensors, and ensuring that more than 90% of the office equipment and appliances are Energy Star rated.

“Receiving the Platinum LEED Certification reflects our purpose of integrating sustainability across our operations to shape the future of real estate,” said James Allan, CEO MEA at JLL.

Responsible sourcing of materials with environmental product declarations, recycled content in fit-out and enhanced systems commissioning further contributed to increased energy savings.

JLL LEED Platinum Certification Dubai office DIFC

The biophilic design of the office also contributes to providing an inclusive, wellbeing-oriented workspace that promotes productivity, well-being, and sustainability.

JLL’s office in Dubai also incorporated best practices from the WELL Building Standard, the industry‚Äôs leading health-focused benchmark for buildings. Under its wider sustainability goals, the company has set complementary targets to equip 100% of its workplaces with waste streaming and recycling programmes by the end of 2023 while removing all single-use plastics from across its office portfolio by 2023.

“By achieving LEED Platinum for our office, we’ve not only talked the talk but walked the walk, embodying the very principles of sustainability we champion. This milestone serves as solid proof of our commitment to leading by example, enhancing environments, and forging improved outcomes for every client we serve,” said Louise Collins, Head of Engineering & Energy MEA and Head of Project & Development Services at JLL’s UAE division.

“JLL has a very ambitious net-zero roadmap and as a company that holds itself to the highest standards of environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG), this accomplishment is a visible demonstration of our commitment to building a best-in-class real estate portfolio that is leading on energy efficiency, well-being, and inclusivity,” added Allan.

Sustainability

JLL is actively engaging in climate action for sustainable real estate in collaboration with global entities like WiredScore, Ceres, the World Green Building Council (WGBC), various local Green Building Councils, and the World Economic Forum (WEF),

The company is on track in its plan to achieve net-zero carbon in operation in all JLL occupied buildings by 2030 in order to comply with the WGBC Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, of which it is a signatory.

In 2022, JLL achieved a 34% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions across its occupied offices from a 2018 base year. The company has said it aims to reduce absolute scopes 1, 2, and 3 emissions by 95% by 2040.

As of 2022, JLL says it also supplied or sourced 29% of electricity across its global portfolio from renewable sources, while 54% of JLL offices greater than 10,000ft2 achieved a green building certification. JLL has said it is now on track to up this by 100% by 2030.