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New Jones Lang LaSalle Russian office became gold and good

The major consultancy headquarters was awarded LEED Gold and BREEAM Good certificates

Moscow, 18 April 2013 – Jones Lang LaSalle has completed the certification process of their office. The Russian headquarters was highly evaluated by experts, and achieved ratings Gold for LEED and Good for BREEAM. As a result Jones Lang LaSalle office had become the first property in Russia to be certified under LEED and BREEAM simultaneously. 

Jones Lang LaSalle moved to the new business centre Vivaldi Plaza, building D (“Summer”), in August 2012. The project of space management and design in the new office was implemented by the subsidiary – Tetris Solutions. The main architect of the project was a renown international architect AEDAS.

During preparation and implementation of the headquarters project, specialists took into account all requirements set for modern energy efficient properties. Particular attention was paid to lighting and energy strategies, water saving, green materials and furnishings, as well as the space ergonomics that opens up new opportunities for collaborative work.

Lighting: Vivaldi Plaza space planning allowed the maximum possible use of daylight reducing the need for artificial lighting. High rates of daylighting were achieved due to a convenient narrow shape of the building and a location of all desks long panoramic windows. Lighting controls are fully automated and equipped with occupancy and daylight sensors which turn off when there is no staff in the area. Different kinds of lighting allowed to create an interesting light landscape and comfortable visual atmosphere. Energy-safe technologies use will make it possible to economize 40% of energy expenses.

Water resources: All plumbing is equipped with special devices allowing to save up to 40% of water even compared to high American standards. Innovative aerators as well as solenoid valves, which  turnoff water while nobody is inside are installed in WCs, and this helps to avoid leaks.

Reducing the harmful effect on the environment: Use of recycled content in materials and FSC certified wood while carrying out finishing works provided significant input into the certification process. In order to reduce a amounts of waste removed to the landfill, a collection of recyclable rubbish and “smart printing system were installed in the office. Apart from that, Jones Lang LaSalle imported innovative bicycle parkings at their own expense and put them on business centre landscaping areas, and arranged shower cabins in the office encouraging their employees to use alternative types of transport (bicycles) and going in for sports.

We should highlight space ergonomics even though it is not a part of BREEAM or LEED requirements, but had a positive impact on staff attitudes and wellbeing. The new office was designed to increase opportunities for informal communication between colleagues within the company and with external partners. In the office there are a lot of spaces for interaction and teamwork – from standard meeting rooms to breakout areas and informal “phone booths” where you can hold short meetings or just communicate with clients.

Ksenia Agapova, Sustainability manager, Jones Lang LaSalle, says: “When designing Jones Lang LaSalle office not only certification requirements for both LEED and BREEAM were taken into account, but also new trends in workspace organization. The important elements of JLL work are internal and external meetings, negotiations and brainstorms – that is why about 40% of total office area was set aside for “socializing” zones. The main aim was to create comfortable conditions for company employees and clients, and this was successfully achieved.”

When arranging the Jones Lang LaSalle new office, they made a decision to put in the design basis the main principles of international BREEAM and LEED standards. Compliance with two systems is not accidental: global corporate policy ascribes to certify all offices by LEED which is wide spread in USA, and the decision to consider BREEAM as well was due to its high status and implementation rates on the Russian market.

Ksenia Agapova continues: ”Simultaneous LEED and BREEAM certification was undoubtedly a bold step which proves Jones Lang LaSalle thought leadership. BREEAM and LEED systems have different approach to assets evaluation that we thoroughly studied during the certification process of the company’s headquarters. Thus, if BREEAM considers property technical characteristics in complex, and business centre features greatly influence the final mark, LEED evaluates only a fit out project boundary and its characteristics. We are proud that Jones Lang LaSalle office got such high ratings – Good by BREEAM and Gold by LEED. Jones Lang LaSalle became the only one Russian consultancy to occupy  office space, certified to both international standards.”

About Jones Lang LaSalle
Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. With annual revenue of $3.9 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle operates in 70 countries from more than 1,000 locations worldwide. On behalf of its clients, the firm provides management and real estate outsourcing services to a property portfolio of 242 million square meters. Its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $47.0 billion of real estate assets under management.
In Russia and CIS Jones Lang LaSalle have offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kiev and Aktau. Jones Lang LaSalle, Russia was voted Consultant of the Year in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 at the Commercial Real Estate Awards, Moscow and Consultant of the Year at the Commercial Real Estate Awards 2009, St. Petersburg.
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