Planning, reporting and monitoring

Like any business project, planning reporting and monitoring all apply to energy efficiency. A plan and monitoring schedule gives the organisation confidence that they are tackling their efficiency actions in the right order and getting real results. The business case for efficiency action is very strong now with a range of special loans and funding models emerging. Internal monitoring gives staff vital feedback and helps with behaviour change and cultural shift to a green office. Good reporting also provides opportunities for wider recognition and communication of company values.

Key Elements

Overview planning, reporting & monitoring

An overview of the role and benefits of planning, reporting and monitoring in energy efficiency for office tenants.

Metering and tracking energy reduction

Metering and tracking energy reduction

Advanced metering technologies can provide more frequent and detailed information on tenant energy use.

Related Resources

Templates for Energy Management Plans

orms and templates are for the use of government organisations. - See more at: http://ee.ret.gov.au/non-residential-buildings/government-buildings/energy-efficiency-government-operations-eego/forms#sthash.oh08vVWB.dpuf
orms and templates are for the use of government organisations. - See more at: http://ee.ret.gov.au/non-residential-buildings/government-buildings/energy-efficiency-government-operations-eego/forms#sthash.oh08vVWB.dpuf
forms and templates are for the use of government organisations. - See more at: http://ee.ret.gov.au/non-residential-buildings/government-buildings/energy-efficiency-government-operations-eego/forms#sthash.oh08vVWB.dpuf
forms and templates are for the use of government organisations. - See more at: http://ee.ret.gov.au/non-residential-buildings/government-buildings/energy-efficiency-government-operations-eego/forms#sthash.oh08vVWB.dpuf
Forms and templates for the use of Australian government agencies as Green Lease schedules, under the Energy Efficiency in Government Operations (EEGO) Policy.
Energy Management Guide for Tenants

Energy Management Guide for Tenants

This NABERS guide (2013) is a comprehensive handbook detailing all the steps on the office energy efficiency journey. It includes detailed practical advice and  key opportunities for cost savings. CitySwitch Signatories can request a free printed copy of the guide from their program manager.

NABERS estimated rating calculator

The NABERS tools provide a way to measure the environmental performance of offices, buildings or tenancies. This  online tool allows you to estimate your office's NABERS star rating, before seeking an accredited rating.

Sample Energy Action Plan

A simple plan template developed by a CitySwitch signatory, that can be modified to suit your operations. (The template is a spreadsheet. Save it, open it, and click yes.)

Sustainability Victoria

Sustainability Victoria provides best practice guides and case studies on energy and materials efficiency, guides on how to carry out waste assessments, and tools to assess a business' current level of resource efficiency and map the life cycle of a product or service.

NABERS Office Rating

NABERS is a national rating system that measures the environmental performance of Australian buildings, tenancies and homes. For offices NABERS can be used to rate an office tenancy, the base building or the whole building and show how you measure up against others and where there are opportunities to improve environmental performance.

Map of Green star rated properties

When choosing your next office accommodation, check out an interactive map of the best performing properties under Green Star and NABERS.

Energy Efficiency Training Program

This NSW Goverment program helps managers and staff to make business operations, products and services more energy efficient and less carbon intensive. Energy efficiency training resources are available for medium and small enterprises and commercial building design, construction an operation.

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Case Studies

Case Study: Psaros

Case Study: Psaros

Psaros is the first mid-tier property developer in Western Australia to operate a carbon neutral head office. The tenancy consumes less than 50 per cent of the energy used by a typical 2.5 star NABERS Energy-rated tenancy and due to their Carbon Neutral certification, they have off set a total of 221 tonnes of CO2-e over two years.

Case Study: Viridis

Case Study: Viridis

Viridis, a small design agency closely involved their team in choosing a new office to match their sustainability principles, and closely monitored electricity loads. By giving staff more control over equipment and using daylight and fresh air they cut thousands off energy bills and enhanced staff well-being.

Using Marginal Abatement Cost curves

The Marginal Abatement Cost (MAC) curve is a useful visual tool to compare potential energy efficiency projects and prioritise them based on their economic feasibility and potential impact.
Case Study: WT Sustainability

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.

Case study: Climate Friendly

Case study: Climate Friendly

Climate Friendly are striving for energy efficiency excellence by applying the simple philosophy of 'measure, offset, reduce and review'. The consultancy is ensuring effective ongoing measurement using technology such as PowerMate and FutureSwich, and has successfully created a switch-off culture at their Sydney office to meet a target 6 star NABERS Energy rating.

Case study: Victorian Dept. of Transport

Case study: Victorian Dept. of Transport

Long-time Signatory, the Victorian Department of Transport, Planning & Local Infrastructure, has achieved a number of operational gains including a 33 per cent reduction in energy use. With the help of the CitySwitch RMIT student program, resource audits have provided useful insights into staff 'switch-off' behaviour, waste avoidance tactics and office equipment procurement to achieve ongoing environmental and economic savings.

Case study: Sustainability Victoria

Case study: Sustainability Victoria

Sustainability Victoria's best practice Green Star fit-out is demonstrating how an office move and upgrade can be completed at competitive rates and deliver ongoing benefits including an improved quality of indoor environment, an increase in staff productivity and significant energy savings. This case study provides an overview of the relocation process and includes a number of technical information downloads detailing the materials and technology utilised.

Case Study: Royal Automobile Club WA

Case Study: Royal Automobile Club WA

The Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia was crowned 2012 & 2013 CitySwitch National Signatory of the Year. A clever Resource Energy Efficiency Plan and subsequent marginal cost curve helped prioritise smart investment in technology and active engagement of their employees.

Case Study: Thomson Rossi

Case Study: Thomson Rossi

Adelaide architectural firm and CitySwitch award finalist, Thomson Rossi, share the steps they have taken to reduce office energy bills. Measures include harnessing natural light and air-flow and reducing the need for printing and photocopying by issuing all staff with iPads.

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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.

Find out more

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.