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P&G's Latest Innovation: Smart Buildings, Smart Energy Use

CHICAGO, Sept. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Procter & Gamble (P&G) is no stranger to setting aggressive, data-driven efficiency, sustainability and profitability goals, but it is the company's unique participation in a new smart building technology program that is driving proven performance gains with first-year average energy cost savings of 10 percent. After deploying Jones Lang LaSalle's (JLL) IntelliCommand™ smart building management technology in a test group of laboratories, offices and manufacturing facilities, P&G's initial investment in the technology was returned within the first three months of energy cost savings.

"By converting to a smart building system that uses predictive analytics to detect building performance abnormalities before they occur, we not only achieved energy savings in our corporate real estate portfolio, but we also improved building equipment reliability and the physical comfort of our employees," said Larry Bridge, Global Facilities and Real Estate Governance Manager at P&G. "This pilot program confirmed that by using IntelliCommand, we can significantly improve the productivity of our buildings and employees."

IntelliCommand is a smart building management platform that offers 24-hour, seven days per week real-time remote facility monitoring and control across multiple locations, combined with the JLL integrated facilities management operations. Powered by Pacific Controls technology, the system includes continuous building commissioning, automatic work order generation, seamless smart grid integration and compatibility with all major brands of automated building system censors.

"Procter & Gamble is a pioneer in making its smart buildings even smarter," said Joe Stolarski, JLL's Global Account Executive for P&G. "This pilot program exemplifies P&G's leadership in applying innovation and advanced analytics to its real estate operations—just as in its products."

Smart Buildings, Smart People

In 2011, JLL proposed that P&G become the first company to test IntelliCommand, in support of the two companies' mutual goal of identifying innovative new approaches to achieving energy efficiency, cost savings and building performance management goals. P&G's immediate goal was to apply IntelliCommand's proprietary data analytics capabilities to inform its real estate decisions and produce significant energy cost savings within one year. The premise was that IntelliCommand's combination of cloud-based smart-building management technology with JLL's team of facilities management professionals would provide P&G with 24/7, real-time facilities management.

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