Rate with NABERS

Rate with NABERS

The road to a carbon positive future starts with knowing where you are and what your current environmental impact is.

NABERS, or the National Australian Built Environment Rating System, measures the environmental performance of buildings, tenancies and homes and helps you set a plan of how to improve that over time. Buildings can achieve NABERS ratings for energy, water, waste and indoor air quality.

CitySwitch uses the NABERS formal assessment and reporting process to help tenancies reduce carbon emissions, improve office energy efficiency and save money.

When you sign up to CitySwitch, you make a commitment to rate your office with NABERS Energy.

Most property owners, managers and large tenants in Australia use NABERS to understand, improve and communicate their environmental performance, and to benchmark their progress against others in the sector.

In fact, the federal government’s Commercial Building Disclosure scheme requires most sellers or lessors of office space larger than 1,000 square metres to disclose an energy efficiency rating at the time of sale or lease.

NABERS explained

Watch the short 97 second explainer video to find out more about the NABERS environmental program for buildings.

 

New NABERS Waste

NABERS has launched a new Waste rating methodology and data tool which allows you to compare the waste generation and recycling performance of your office building relative to similar premises in the market place and is the first step in reducing your impact on the environment.
Speak with your building owner about using the tool and ask them to provide you with feedback on your waste performance.

Learn more about NABERS Waste in this short exlpainer video:


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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.

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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.