JLL's Mumbai Office Achieve LEED® Version 4 Gold Certification

Sets precedence of ‘Future of Work’ through its exemplary design and use of technology.

May 02, 2018

Mumbai, April 27, 2018: JLL, India's largest real estate services firm, adds a unique distinction today as its newest office in Bandra – Kurla Complex (BKC), Mumbai, is awarded LEED® Version 4 Gold Certification for commercial interiors (LEED® - CI). This prestigious certification was handed over by Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in a ceremony held at JLL's Mumbai office. The LEED® - CI certification recognises an office premise for green tenant improvements showcasing the occupiers' environmental commitments and leadership in creating sustainable and future ready office spaces.


Ramesh Nair, CEO and Country Head, JLL India said, "LEED Gold certification is a matter of pride and prestige for us. Our primary objective has been to create a people friendly work environment that would enhance the working experience for our colleagues and clients, in alignment with JLL's global 'people first' workplace culture. Our new office in ONE BKC amply reflects our philosophy and is the epitome of impeccable interior design and layout, ultra-modern comforts and conveniences as well as sustainable Grade A real estate. Achieving this certification is evidence of our efforts in creating the 'workplace of the future' and one which appeals to the millennials who constitute the majority of our workforce."


Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, USGBC said, "Achieving LEED certification is more than implementing sustainable practices. It represents a commitment to making the world a better place and influencing others to do better. Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of the building industry in that effort, JLL demonstrates their leadership through their LEED certification of JLL's Mumbai office."


The office provides for a tech-enabled environment with collaborative zones spread over 22,000 sq ft of prime, 100% environmentally sustainable work spaces. It has been specifically designed to provide a superlative working experience to boost productivity in tandem with wellbeing. In the face of evolving client expectations, this new innovation centre is a live model of the Future of Work and Human Experience – Concepts which will be the base for future modern workplaces, of which JLL is a strong advocate in this age of disruption.


Key features of the state-of-the-art office at ONE BKC, Mumbai are:

  • Energy-efficient and state-of-the-art mercury free LED lighting
  • Occupancy / vacancy detecting lighting sensors
  • Daylight harvesting via sensors for lighting, and maximized tech-enabled daylighting
  • Water-efficient fixtures to avoid waste
  • Rapid access to public transport to minimize carbon footprint
  • Enhanced air quality via Low VOC paints, adhesives and sealants
  • Advanced air conditioning systems
  • Waste segregation at source
  • All-white room to encourage enhanced cerebral discussions
  • Nature-aligned with life-sized trees and nature sounds to de-stress the workplace


Rajat Malhotra, COO, Integrated Facilities Management (West Asia), JLL, said, "we ensured that that the design of our new office reflected the Firm's commitment to sustainability in the built environment through compliance to standards prescribed in the LEED – CI certification system. JLL endeavors to make every effort in creating a healthy and enabling work environment for its employees as well as clients. Our efforts at JLL ONE BKC epitomize that endeavor and aspiration. The Firm has leveraged the knowledge and best practice contained in certification systems such as LEED and Well Rating Standards to walk the talk in terms of not only certifying the interiors as Green but in creating a work space that enhances experience, improves health and increases productivity. We have designed our office to be safe, sustainable and happy. Achieving a LEED –CI Gold certification for our office is a befitting encouragement and recognition of our team's efforts in giving ourselves a state-of-the-art facility." 


Sustainable office premises provide better air quality, natural light and an optimal and pleasant indoor environment. Enhanced IEQ (Indoor Environmental Quality) for occupants are achieved by initiatives such as using less toxic interiors, low-emitting adhesives, paints, carpets and composite wood, illuminating 75–90% of the space with natural light, and increasing thermal comfort via zone controls for air conditioning and better ventilation. These factors are most important in improving the quality of work life and the efficiency of occupiers. Cumulatively, they directly translate into improved productivity and decreased ailments for occupants.


About JLL India:

JLL is India's premier and largest professional services firm specializing in real estate. With estimated revenue for FY 2017-18 expected to be ~INR 3,200 crores, the firm is growing from strength to strength in India for over the past 20 years. JLL has an extensive geographic footprint across 10 cities (Ahmedabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kochi and Coimbatore) and a staff strength of over 9,500. The firm provides investors, developers, local corporates and multinational companies with a comprehensive range of services. This includes research, strategic advisory and consultancy, capital markets, transaction management, project and development services, integrated facilities management, property and asset management. These services cover various asset classes such as commercial, residential, industrial, retail, warehouse and logistics, hospitality, healthcare, senior living and education.


JLL was recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in India 2017 in the annual survey of 'India's Best Companies to Work For' – a joint study conducted by Great Place to Work® and The Economic Times. The firm has also been acknowledged as 'Property Consultant of the Decade' at the 10th CNBC-Awaaz Real Estate Awards 2015 and the Best Property Consultancy in India at the International Property Awards Asia Pacific 2016-17.  


About GBCI:

GBCI is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. Established in 2008, GBCI exclusively administers project certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating systems, as well as the PEER standard for power systems, the WELL building standard, the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES), Parksmart, EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies), TRUE Zero Waste certification, Investor Confidence Project (ICP) for energy efficiency retrofits and the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector. 


About USGBC: 

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC's mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life. USGBC builds on this vision through the development and improvement of the LEED rating system, the LEED professional credentials, robust educational offerings, an international network of local community leaders and USGBC member organizations, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and other USGBC initiatives, as well as through advocacy and outreach that encourage and enable green buildings and communities.