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Dan Probst of Jones Lang LaSalle Honored for Leadership in Next-Gen Buildings
Dan Probst of Jones Lang LaSalle has won the inaugural VERGE 25 Award in the category of Next-Gen Buildings. Probst, who is Chairman of Energy and Sustainability Services, received the award for harnessing building automation systems to drive sustainability and for advocating for greater data transparency.
Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) is a $3.24 billion firm that provides financial and professional services for over 2 billion square feet of real estate worldwide.
Among Probst's major achievements is the development of Jones Lang LaSalle's IntelliCommand integrated facilities management platform. Launched in fall 2011, IntelliCommand uses cloud computing and a remote command center operation to enable 24/7, real-time remote monitoring and control of facilities and energy portfolios worldwide.
The platform has been proven to achieve 15-20 percent energy reduction across corporate portfolios while collecting carbon data. In June, IntelliCommand won a Realcomm "Digie" award for Best Use of Automation in Facilities Management.
"The commercial real estate industry is beginning to recognize that cloud computing and smart-building technology can enable the goals of corporate occupiers in the areas of sustainability, efficiency and workplace productivity," said Chris Browne, Jones Lang LaSalle's International Director of Integrated Facilities Management, upon receiving the award.
Probst, who earned his MBA at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and has spent 21 years at Jones Lang LaSalle, also leads the company's efforts to monitor, measure, and improve performance in energy and sustainability at clients' buildings. Under Probst's leadership, the company has documented annual energy savings in excess of $100 million and more than 2 million tons of carbon reduction over the past four years.
"We manage a lot of property on behalf of our clients and we're in a position-just because of size and scale and the number of buildings that we touch-to be leaders in the industry and help solve these problems and find ways to make buildings more efficient and have less of an impact," Probst told Commercial Property Executive.
Probst has also been a leading advocate for greater transparency and data sharing in the buildings industry.
"The idea behind mandatory measurement and disclosure laws is to give tenants and investors access to comparative information, on the idea that they will place greater value on high performing buildings," wrote Probst in a recent article. "Cities and states that reduce energy cost, create jobs and address climate change concerns are gaining an advantage when it comes to attracting residents and businesses."
The VERGE 25 Awards celebrate executives, entrepreneurs, policy makers, and others who have made contributions toward the development of smarter supply chains, next-generation buildings and campuses, connected vehicles, and smart energy systems. The 25 winners were selected by readers and editors of GreenBiz.com, which announced the awards this week at the VERGE San Francisco Conference.
Data collection and transparency was a major theme of the VERGE 25 Awards. Winners also included Gavin Starks, founder of AMEE, and Todd Park, Chief Technology Officer of the United States.
Starks, recently named CEO of the Open Data Initiative, founded AMEE to map, track, and connect all the carbon-data on earth. Similarly, Park, who made TechCrunch's list of the "20 Most Innovative People In Democracy 2012," has been a champion of the movement to make energy and emissions data more standardized, available and digestible to the general public.