Achieving LEED Platinum certification with Hong Kong’s highest score
JLL’s new Hong Kong office showcases cutting-edge sustainable design
In 2019 we set a goal to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification for our new Hong Kong office. A continued demonstration of our commitment to revolutionise the spaces we work in and showcase our sustainability leadership and innovation when it comes to green design. Building on our Shanghai office which achieved the first WELL Certified Platinum Office in Asia Pacific in 2017.
We implemented practical and measurable strategies and solutions in areas including sustainable site and neighbourhood selections, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, indoor environment quality and innovation in design.
The office has achieved a 19% reduction on energy consumption using a smart lighting control system and EnergyStar-rated equipment. It was designed to deliver the best possible environment for staff to enjoy and be most productive, with features introduced to reduce background noise, minimise glare with high-quality lighting and thermostats installed in all meeting rooms to allow individual control, maximising thermal comfort.
The office only uses products that have fully disclosed life-cycle data and health information on its components. For every piece of furniture, carpet, joinery, paint and adhesive, we carefully selected only compliant low VOC emission products.
Throughout construction and now in daily operations, we closely monitor the indoor air quality and use an advanced air filtration system to ensure that PM2.5, formaldehyde and VOC levels are in line with the stringent LEED standards, which go further than Hong Kong’s EPD standards.
Green working spaces not only allow us to operate more sustainably, they also give employees a healthier and safer space to work. And now more than ever, the advent of COVID-19 has shone a light on the vital role that building design can play in combating infectious diseases and improving public health outcomes.
We were awarded the LEED Platinum certification, the highest score for the city and the second-highest score globally under the Interior Design and Construction category.
The certification demonstrates the capability of our specialised energy and sustainability experts. It showcases how we can help clients to achieve their own green initiatives and obtain LEED recognition for their buildings. It marks the fourth time that we have entered the top five highest scores globally. Such consistent achievements show that JLL is a certified leader in sustainable design, not just in Hong Kong or Asia, but across the globe.