• How to work with BEEC ratings

    If your building has a poor BEEC rating, a lighting upgrade is likely to provide substantial gains and a better work environment.


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  • Overview of the commercial building disclosure program

    The Commercial Building Disclosure program provides mandatory performance ratings for offices, in the form of BEECs (Building Energy Efficiency Certificates).


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  • How tenants can influence heating and cooling

    Tenants can support and improve their building manager's heating and cooling performance in a number of ways


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  • Green Lease Lifecycle Tool

    A comprehensive online tool which outlines each step of the leasing process, providing information on who to engage, when to engage them and importantly the key expectations, issues and resources to consider along the way. Produced by the Better Buildings Partnership.


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  • Green Lease Guides

    Tenants Guide to Green Leases (19 pages) and a Handbook for leasing advisors to incorporate green lease provisions (60 pages) created by the Australian government.




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  • CBD general guides

    The Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) Program requires most sellers and lessors of large office spaces to provide energy efficiency information to prospective buyers and tenants. These guidance notes are provided by the program on disclosure obligations.


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  • CBD Lighting Assessment Guidance

    A tenancy lighting assessment is an important component of a Building Energy Efficiency Certificate (BEEC) required under the Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) Program. The guides and forms required are available here. 


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  • Building Energy Efficiency Register

    Tenants can use this register of Building Energy Efficiency Certificates to see how their potential or existing landlord compares to the market. The certificates are issued by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.


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  • Commercial Building Disclosure

    Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) is a national program to improve the energy efficiency of Australia’s large office buildings. It requires most sellers and lessors of large office spaces to provide energy efficiency information to prospective buyers and tenants.


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  • Commercial Building Improvement Guide

    Six step introductory guide to upgrading your building, from consideration and baseline assessment to financing, implementation and ongoing management. Compiled for building owners and facilities
    managers of B, C and D grade buildings, the guide also provides an extensive list of resources to assist with the upgrade process.




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  • BCO Guide to improving the environmental performance of offices

    A guide by the British Council for Offices providing methods to measure building performance, occupant satisfaction, case studies and more. The report says that high performance can create productivity improvements that swamp utilities costs.


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  • Energy efficiency certification scheme

    This certification scheme offered by the Energy Efficiency Council certifies professionals that can lead comprehensive energy retrofits of commercial buildings. Certification helps building owners and managers find professionals they can trust and provides a benchmark for energy efficiency professionals.


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  • Explainer: Green Star and NABERS Ratings

    How are Green Star, NABERS used in office tenancies? Currently these two voluntary national accreditation programs exist to measure and report on environmental performance of office tenancies and assist in guiding best practice office fit-outs, and they can be complementary.


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  • Claiming Energy Savings Certificates ('Eskis')'

    NSW businesses can improve the rate of return on investment for projects by claiming Energy Savings Certificates (aka 'Eskis') which are redeemable for cash based using NABERS ratings as evidence of savings.


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  • The Tenant & Landlords Guide to Happiness: ebook

    This e-book explores opportunities for improved collaboration and sustainable outcomes between commercial tenants and landlords. Produced by The Fifth Estate in partnership with Sydney's Better Buildings Partnership, it reveals opportunities for an improved leasing process.


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  • Fact Sheet: Why choose a high performing building

    A business case scenario showing how best practice indoor office environments can create savings above those from energy bills. A good building makes healthy and happy staff and improves their productivity.




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  • Green Lease Lifecycle Tool

    A comprehensive online tool which outlines each step of the leasing process, providing information on who to engage, when to engage them and importantly the key expectations, issues and resources to consider along the way. Produced by the Better Buildings Partnership.


    Read more
  • Green Lease Guides

    Tenants Guide to Green Leases (19 pages) and a Handbook for leasing advisors to incorporate green lease provisions (60 pages) created by the Australian government.




    Read more
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