The Commercial Case for Making Buildings More Sustainable

JLL's Roadmap to Low-Carbon, High-Performance Buildings

May 29, 2024Infrastructure
Written by JLL Research 

As part of our ongoing thought leadership initiative we are pleased to share ‘The Commercial Case for Making Buildings More Sustainable’ report from JLL, which highlights the critical need to address climate risks and meet the rising demand for sustainable spaces by transforming building infrastructure and operations. 

The insightful report explores several key areas, including the increasing impact of climate risks on urban areas and buildings from threats such as heatwaves, floods, and storms, the rising demand for sustainable buildings driven by corporate sustainability goals and employee expectations, variations in green premiums, and financial and regulatory pressures such as stricter building performance standards and corporate disclosure mandates.

The need to retrofit buildings with sustainable technologies such as improved insulation, smart windows, solar PV panels, green roofs, and rainwater harvesting systems to enhance energy efficiency and resilience is highlighted, along with the importance of microgrids for energy reliability and smart building controls for optimising operational efficiency. 

Practical steps for decarbonizing buildings are also detailed, such as optimising operational efficiency, retrofitting with sustainable technologies, and integrating resilience measures. Case studies from major players including LaSalle Investment Management and Ivanhoé Cambridge round out the report by illustrating the integration of climate risk assessments and decarbonization strategies into investment decisions.

Learn more by accessing the full report here!