Why rate my office?

 

CitySwitch Green Office uses NABERS Energy’s formal assessment and reporting process to help tenancies reduce carbon emissions, improve office energy efficiency and save money.

By rating your office with NABERS Energy, you receive an accredited benchmark upon which to base your ongoing performance and energy efficiency achievements. In fact, most property owners, managers and occupants in Australia use NABERS as a central pillar of their sustainability agenda to understand, improve and communicate their environmental performance.

A NABERS rating reflects the environmental performance of a building or tenancy over the last 12 months. An annual rating allows performance to be monitored, the impacts of actions measured, any issues addressed to make improvements and helps set targets for each year. 

When tenants commit to participate in CitySwitch they formally agree to undertake accredited NABERS Energy ratings in order to understand the environmental impact of their tenancy and begin their sustainable journey for improvement. Signatory ratings and project outcomes are reported annually and inform the collective achievements of the program.

How do I receive a NABERS Energy rating? >

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, 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.