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Why people power is unstoppable

Why people power is unstoppable

If there was one lesson to take away from this year’s CitySwitch awards it is that people power is unstoppable.

Raising the bar

Raising the bar

Raising the bar to move the commerical office sector towards carbon positive.

Nominate a CitySwitch sustainability champion

Nominate a CitySwitch sustainability champion

We’re introducing a Hall of Fame for CitySwitch sustainability champions.

Stepping up the war on waste

Stepping up the war on waste

When China stopped taking most of our recyclable plastics and paper in January, Australians were presented with a new inconvenient truth. We are not always in fact recycling our commecial waste. We are collecting it. But hidden in this mountain of waste is a massive opportunity. We have a number of new resources to help your organisation to address waste. 

Achieving carbon positive together

Achieving carbon positive together

Did you know that 90 per cent of the world’s largest companies now see climate risk as a threat to their business?  But it is also a significant opportunity. This is why leading Australian companies are moving quickly and decisively towards a carbon positive future. To accelerate your great work, we have launched the CitySwitch Pathways to Net Zero Carbon Emissions Tool.

How can building controls reduce costs and complaints?

How can building controls reduce costs and complaints?

Did you know that low-cost actions – like cleaning air-conditioning filters – can reduce your energy costs and boost your NABERS rating by half a star?

CommBank’s energy efficiency strategy delivers dividends

CommBank’s energy efficiency strategy delivers dividends

CommBank’s energy efficiency strategy delivers dividends

How do you halve your carbon footprint and save $11.5 million dollars a year? We talk to Sanjeet Singh, energy and sustainability manager at Commonwealth Bank of Australia, to find out more.

Have your say on Sydney’s Sustainable Office Buildings Plan

Have your say on Sydney’s Sustainable Office Buildings Plan

Find out how you can give your feedback on Sydney's Sustainable Office Buildings Plan.

Farewell to Jeff Elliott, CitySwitch National

Farewell to Jeff Elliott, CitySwitch National

It is with much sadness that we say goodbye to Jeff Elliott, who, after some time away volunteering, will not be returning to the role of Regional Program Manager for CitySwitch in Victoria.

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Industry News

Budget attacks the weak, the green, the clean

Source: The Fifth Estate

The Abbott government has fulfilled its threat to destroy or severely slash every climate, sustainable, clean energy, environmental and social program it can manage.
 
For the sustainable built environment sector and its related areas the news is severe and promises to be a foretaste of what’s to come as a new agenda to support the fossil fuel industry as long as possible becomes more deeply entrenched.

WT Sustainability beats their own energy record

Source: The Fifth Estate

WT Sustainability already had Australia’s most energy-efficient office fitout, yet the company still found ways to reduce power use by a further 13 per cent. Director, Steve Hennessy explained to The Fifth Estate that the savings were made through discernment in the initial fitout that reduced both fitout costs and energy use and a series of fine-tuning that further improved energy performance, ...

Westpac named world’s most sustainable company

Source: The Fifth Estate  Westpac has been named the most sustainable company in the world in the 2014 Global 100 Index, a ranking of the top sustainable companies announced today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Concerns have been raised, however, that the organisation continues to lend to coal and gas projects. Westpac last year ranked 10th, and has moved up the listing with some strong sustainability achievements for 2013, ...

The Tenants and Landlords Guide to Happiness (chapter 5)

Source: The Fifth Estate

How hard can it be to get model lease clauses agreed for green leases? Don’t ask. Just be grateful that some valiant people have put in the hard yards and finally the industry has a great Christmas present and one that will endure in the years ahead. In this Chapter 5 of our Tenants and Landlords Guide to Happiness Lynne Blundell takes us through the issues that our legal eagles and owners and tenants ...

First NABERS data centre project certified

Source: The Fifth Estate

Fujitsu’s Noble Park data centre is the first to have been certified under the NABERS Energy for data centres tool, which was launched in February. The data centre received a 4 stars on the 6 star scale, choosing an Infrastructure rating, which assesses the efficiency of the building services, such as cooling and lighting.

NSW government launches co/trigen guide for business

Source: The Fifth Estate

The NSW government has released a guide and tool so businesses can  determine whether a cogeneration or trigeneration system is financially and technically viable. Launching the guide, NSW Environment Minister Robyn Parker said the Energy Saver Cogeneration feasibility guide was the first major project delivered under the Government’s Energy Efficiency Action Plan, which has a goal to save 16,000 gigawatt-hours of energy a ...

Efficiencies increase profits and give a competitive edge

Source: EEX.gov.au

Companies that take energy efficiency seriously save up to three times the energy of those that don’t. That’s a finding of ClimateWorks Australia’s ‘Special report on factors influencing large industrial energy efficiency’. In this third and final article on the reports, we look at the special report, a snapshot of 47 large energy users on what motivates them to take up energy efficiency activities – and what holds them back. Energy, sustainability and site managers were interviewed on their ...

LEDs: here’s how to spot the differences

Source: Lighting Council Australia  

Light emitting diode, or LED, products are rapidly becoming useful alternatives to traditional light sources, but buyers need to do their homework before investing in them because few have undergone rigorous testing in real-life settings over a prolonged period of time, due to their comparatively early stage of development. There is also a wide variation in product quality and how effectively they may light a space. Some lower ...

Better Buildings Partnership reveals multi-million-dollar energy...

Source: The Fifth Estate

Sydney’s Better Buildings Partnership has revealed it is exceeding its emissions reduction targets, cutting commercial office emissions by 25 per cent since its inception and saving over $25 million in energy bills. The BBP, an alliance of commercial landlords representing over 50 per cent of office floor space across Sydney’s CBD, was established to improve the ...

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Events

Energy Efficiency Training in NSW

Energy Efficiency Training in NSW
10 Feb - 7 Jun, 2016
If you want hands-on experience in energy management or advice on implementing energy efficiency projects, join one of the Energy Saver training courses run regularly across NSW.


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Latest case study

Case study: Frasers Property and healthy buildings

Case study: Frasers Property and healthy buildings

This case study looks at how Frasers Property Australia are creating places that support healthier lives.



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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.