• Green Fit Outs - CitySwitch Cafe Series (Perth)

    10 Mar, 2016
    Find out more about GHD's new 5-Star Green Star, 4.5-Star NABERS rated offices, and get to see all of the building's sustainability features firsthand.


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  • Take control of your office's energy

    8 Mar, 2016

    Join us at this free event in Adelaide showcasing the online resources that can help you take control of your office's energy.




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  • Case Study: WT Sustainability

    WTS took the opportunity, when fitting out their new office in North Sydney, to use in-house expertise and knowledge in integrating sustainable design and construction practice and initiatives. They successfully achieved their goal of a 6 Star NABERS Energy tenancy rating and now have an energy consumption level of 78 per cent less than a typical office.


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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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  • List of NABERS Accredited Assessors for Tenancies

    To obtain your accredited NABERS star-rating baseline you need to engage an accredited assessor. CitySwitch compiles and maintains a list of accredited NABERS assessors working with tenancies, rather than base buildings.


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  • Data centre energy audit subsidies

    The NSW Energy Saver program is offering eligible businesses a 50% subsidy for Data Centre Energy audits when combined with a NABERS Data Centre rating to help businesses identify opportunities for improvement and cost savings.


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  • Melbourne business makes a switch to more sustainable habits

    This year’s CitySwitch Awards were announced to more than 100 leaders from Melbourne’s business community at a ceremony last night, with winners crossing the spectrum, from a major law firm to a community organisation.

    Legal firm Norton Rose Fulbright, community organisation Baptcare and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation took out the top accolades as announced by Environment Portfolio Chair Councillor Arron Wood.




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  • Why choose a high-performing building

    An indicative estimate of the financial benefits of high-performing buildings, in terms of electricity saved, reduced absenteeism, retention and productivity.


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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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    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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    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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    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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    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.


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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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