What is NABERS Energy?

 

NABERS Energy tenancy ratings are part of a suite of industry-recognised tools designed to help tenants across Australia benchmark their sustainability performance.

The application of National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) Energy ratings is a pillar of the CitySwitch program. It is used as a national benchmark, enabling signatories to measure their energy efficiency progress over time and to compare themselves against others in the sector. Watch the explainer video below or visit the NABERS website to learn about the other rating tools available.

NABERS Energy rates the energy efficiency of buildings and tenancies from 1 to 6 stars based on energy consumption per square metre (normalised for location and emissions intensity), where 6 stars represents an exceptionally high level of energy efficiency. With the average tenancy performing at 2½ stars, a 4 star commitment means the tenant is at least 20 per cent more efficient than the general commercial tenant market.

The NSW Office of Environment & Heritage have been recognised for the quality and robustness of their tools and CitySwitch is proud to partner with them to provide certainty and consistency of evaluation for all Signatories.

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NABERS explained

Watch the short 97 second explainer video to find out more about the NABERS environmental program for buildings.

NABERS rating CitySwitch discount

CitySwitch Signatories can claim a 50 per cent reduction off the standard certification fee charged by the Office of Environment and Heritage for obtaining a rating.

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Local council NABERS rebate

Nabers For a limited time, organisations signing up to CitySwitch within the cities of Sydney, Willoughby, Perth, Adelaide and all across Victoria can apply for financial assistance towards the cost of their NABERS Energy rating.

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CitySwitch Signatory of the Year and New Signatory Awards - category judging criteria

  • Delivering outcomes as demonstrated by an improved or maintained current NABERS Energy rating and achieved energy savings* (up to 28 points)
  • Implementing one or more energy saving initiatives (up to 10 points)
  • Demonstrating leadership by undertaking innovative, creative or progressive office energy efficiency activities (up to 10 points)
  • Engagement of staff/ customers/suppliers and/or stakeholders to educate and create market transformation (up to 10 points)
  • Participation in CitySwitch local program activities (up to 10 points).
Note, new Signatories submitting for New Signatory of the Year Award need only complete an indicative rating – all other submissions must be accredited.

CitySwitch Partnership of the Year Award - category judging criteria

Eligibility Criteria

Submitted projects should:

  • Involve more than one registered company 
  • Demonstrate that they are  innovative and over and above “business as usual”
  • Demonstrate that they catalyse “market transformation” and or “address a market barrier”
  • Deliver a reduction in energy consumption and carbon emissions within the built environment 

Judging Criteria

  • Delivering outcomes as demonstrated by an improved or maintained current NABERS Energy rating and achieved energy savings* (up to 14 points)
  • Implementing one or more energy saving initiatives (up to 10 points)
  • Demonstrating leadership by undertaking innovative, creative or progressive office energy efficiency activities (up to 17 points)
  • Engagement of staff/ customers/suppliers and/or stakeholders to educate and create market transformation (up to 17 points)
  • Participation in CitySwitch local program activities (up to 10 points)
  • The submitting entity MUST be a CitySwitch Signatory
Note, Signatories submitting for the Partnership of the Year Award may submit an accredited NABERS tenancy, whole building or base building rating.

It’s easy and free to join the program. Your good-will commitment to the program is an acknowledgement of the business sector’s role in
contributing to environmental sustainability and your intention to reduce your own energy consumption and associated carbon emissions.

As part of this, Signatories to the program commit to achieve an accredited NABERS Energy tenancy rating (between 4 and 6 stars) and
work with CitySwitch to improve their tenancy’s environmental performance.

Find out more about how obtaining a NABERS Energy rating ensures you can benchmark your performance, better manage your progress
over time and promote your star rating achievement.