Environment-conscious companies earned national recognition last night at the 2013 CitySwitch Green Office Awards for leading the way with energy-efficient buildings and cutting carbon emissions.
The Royal Automobile Club (RAC) of Western Australia took out the top accolade for National Signatory of the Year, reducing its carbon emissions by 242 tonnes a year and electricity consumption by 10 per cent under the national CitySwitch program.
The RAC, Western Australia Police and Savills Australia were announced 2013 WA Award winners at yesterday’s annual CitySwitch Progress Report and Awards Ceremony at Council House, recognising outstanding achievements in office energy efficiency.
Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said these signatories have excelled in their commitment to the 'green office' through CitySwitch...
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.
In a major milestone for switched-on Australian companies, commercial floor space covered by the CitySwitch Green Office program has now topped two million square metres.
The office energy-efficiency program now represents about 12 per cent of all Australia’s CBD office space with the addition of two new Brisbane tenancies for long-standing program member, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
CitySwitch has expanded its recognition of environmental excellence with a newly announced Partnership Award as part of this year's national program awards.
This new category aims to showcase cross-industry collaboration and calls for submissions for projects that show leadership in working with industry stakeholders for increased sustainability outcomes.
Thanks to a major cash injection from the Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program, CitySwitch can now bring carbon-cutting benefits to office-based businesses Australia-wide.
Can better collaboration, shared goals and sustainable outcomes be achieved between commercial tenants and landlords?
Find out how in the newly launched ebook, The Tenants and Landlords Guide to Happiness produced by The Fifth Estate in partnership with the Better Buildings Partnership.
The NSW Government has announced that the NABERS program has expanded across the Tasman.The launch of NABERS in New Zealand marks the first time the Australia’s star rating system for offices has been adopted overseas.
RICS launch a new guide, mobile and web tools to help SMEs understand the office leasing process and energy efficiency. An app will help compare energy, occupancy and lighting costs of a space for lease and track energy bills.
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Fujitsu Australia has become what is believed to be the first Australian company to have its entire data centre portfolio rated by NABERS.
Leading Western Australian property developer Psaros was the recipient of two prestigious awards for sustainable development, cementing the company’s position as the leader in environmental design and sustainable practices in Perth.
In a first for a WA developer, Psaros won the National Banksia Sustainability Award for Sustainability Leadership as well as the CitySwitch State Award for New Signatory of the Year.
Despite the best intentions, most building owners and tenants struggle to keep up regular communication that could enhance their efficient use of the building, improve wellbeing of employees and substantially cut their business costs.
Find out more about the CitySwitch Vertical Communities initiative, the benefits of collaboration from industry and successful tenant and landlord staff engagement programs in this latest chapter.
Source: The Fifth Estate
This latest chapter is a massive wake up call to the myth that all things new and shiny are good. It lifts the veil on one of the true scandals of the property world – one of waste and landfill, leaving a trail of toxic chemicals, expense and depleted resources in its wake.
Meet the people who want to bring a cool rational eye to this process and reinvent it to make sense, in better materials, recycling, better leasing practices and lower costs. All those things that add up to sustainable practice.
Join the City of Perth for this years’ CitySwitch conference. Taking place in May 2018, it will include guest speakers, short talks and site tours.
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Submitted projects should:
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.