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NYC Deploys Software to Reduce Energy Use, Carbon Emissions in Gov’t Buildings

New York City plans to deploy TRIRIGA’s environmental sustainability software, TREES, across more than 4,000 government buildings to help reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Elsewhere, Jones Lang LaSalle launched a new solution to help corporate real-estate departments achieve payback from their energy-efficiency efforts in leased spaces.

TRIRIGA’s software tool will be used to create a central Web-based location to consolidate all of New York City’s key data reports related to energy and environmental performance of city buildings and capital projects.

Energy use costs in New York City municipal buildings total more than $800 million each year, and accounts for about 64 percent of the GHG emissions produced by government operations. The city will use performance data from the TRIRIGA system to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by thirty percent by 2017, a key goal of NYC’s PlaNYC sustainability plan.

By helping New York measure each building’s carbon footprint, the TREES solution streamlines the city’s carbon accounting and environmental investment analysis to provide the best strategies for carbon and energy reduction for PlaNYC funded retrofit projects, distributed generation projects and renewable energy programs.

In Chicago, Jones Lang LaSalle launched its Green Lease Portfolio Optimization (GLPO) capability that helps corporate real-estate departments minimize operating costs, green their space and improve carbon data management across both new and existing leases.

The GLPO solution is aimed at helping companies get some payback from their energy-efficiency improvements in leased spaces by addressing issues such as cost reductions related to “green” issues, improvements in carbon accounting data, company commitments to improve environmental impact, energy audit management and data reporting processes, and capital upgrades.

GLPO works seamlessly with other tools developed by the real estate services company, including the Green Facilities Assessment Tenant Module, OneView Lease Administration Database and Portfolio Energy & Environmental Reporting System (PEERS).

In October last year, Jones Lang LaSalle became the first major real estate services firm to enroll 100 percent of its managed property in the EPA’s Energy Star program.

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