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Have your say: EEC energy auditor certification

The Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) is seeking input from commercial and industrial energy auditing stakeholders on a proposed training and professional certification pathway for Australia’s energy auditors. The consultation document can be viewed here.

A major new update of the Australian/New Zealand Standard for energy audits was released in 2014 - the AS/NZS 3598 series. The new Standards are presented in three parts to cater for different types of activity:

  • AS/NZS 3598.1: 2014 Energy audits – Commercial buildings
  • AS/NZS 3598.2: 2014 Energy audits – Industrial and related activities
  • AS/NZS 3598.3: 2014 Energy audits – Transport related activities

Currently, there is no way for clients to easily identify appropriately qualified and experienced suppliers of energy auditing services to suit their industry and equipment. Nor is there a recognised career pathway to support energy auditors in developing the competencies they require to undertake a robust audit.

Establishing a national professional pathway to certification for energy auditors is a way of addressing all these issues.

The NSW Office of Environment & Heritage, Sustainability Victoria and the EEC are working together to determine the potential for a training and certification pathway for Australia’s energy auditors.

The closing date for feedback will be COB Friday 29 September 2017. Feedback can be provided to the Energy Efficiency Council in writing addressed to: Energy Efficiency Council Level 1, 490 Spencer Street, West Melbourne, VIC, 3003 or shauna.coffey@eec.org.au.



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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.