Increasingly, both building owners and occupiers are seeking to enhance their corporate social responsibility performance and mitigate potential future investment risks by purchasing or developing buildings which offer greater energy efficiency and a reduced environmental impact, or indeed to upgrade assets which do not meet their criteria in this regard.

    Green Star Green Star ratings, managed by the Green Building Council of Australia, are used to assess the design of a building against various environmental criteria. The following rating tools are available for new buildings and those undergoing substantial refurbishment: · Green Star Office Design and As-Built · Green Star Interiors (internal fitout) · Green Star Retail (shopping centres) · Green Star Education Other rating tools are being developed.

    The National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) is a Government initiative to measure and compare the environmental performance of a building against its market. NABERS rates against a set of benchmarks developed using national building performance data. NABERS provides an accurate, comparable measure of your building’s performance to improve industry and public understanding of the impact of the building or tenancy. NABERS can be used to measure a building’s operational energy and water efficiency, indoor environmental quality and waste recovery. The NABERS suite of rating tools measures performance on a 6 star scale, with 2.5 to 3 stars representing average performance. A 6 star rating demonstrates market leading performance, while a 1 star rating means the building is performing well below average market practice and has considerable scope for improvement. NABERS is a Government initiative with strong industry support .

    wfp - btm - nabers ratings - 413x364px - v2The goal of NABERS is to encourage innovation and market best practice to achieve positive environmental outcomes that improve sustainability in the built environment, such as: lower greenhouse gas emissions, reduced water consumption,  less waste and healthier working environments. NABERS was developed with industry, for industry, and is managed nationally by the Office of Environment and Heritage NSW (OEH) on behalf of federal, state and territory governments.

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