Events

CitySwitch hosts regular free information sessions, workshops and site tours across Australia for CitySwitch Signatories and their guests. Recent topics have ranged from funding sustainable office upgrades, lighting and data centre technology, through to the benefits of activity based working.

Past events

Designing & activating sustainable buildings

Date: Thursday 8 August 2013

Time: 9.00 - 10.30am (arrive from 8.45am)

Venue: Bankwest Place, 300 Murray Street, Perth

How would you like to work next to your MD or CEO one day and with your colleagues in another part of the office the next? Join us to hear more about the Commonwealth Bank’s journey and motivation behind their new Activity Based Working (ABW) office in Perth.

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s (Bankwest Place) new office is designed to achieve a 5 star Green Star and 4.5 NABERS Energy rating and is their newest sustainable group precinct.

Bringing design considerations back closer to home, we'll also hear from sustainability expert and personality Josh Byrne who is currently undertaking his most ambitious house project yet – the design and construction of two 10 star NatHERS energy efficient family homes in Hilton. Hear what has been achieved and learn what can be done in your own home.

This event presentations will be followed by morning tea and a guided tour of one of the Commonwealth Banks tenancy floors, showcasing the various sustainable design features.

Speakers:
Josh Byrne is an Environmental Scientist with a passion for sustainable gardening, appropriate
technology and innovative environmental design. He is recognised as a national leader in
sustainable landscape design and urban water management and is well known for his media
work with ABC Television.

Anthony (Ants) Grassi a Change Management Specialist and holds a post graduate certificate in HR Resource Management. He has held a broad range of roles that allowed him to add value to the 'employee experience'. More recently, Ants was a key player in the change program that successfully relocated 3000 Bankwest colleagues to the first Activity Based Working Environment in Perth at Bankwest Place, and is currently working in key change management roles at Bankwest.

To find out more and to RSVP email the CitySwitch Program Manager Margaret Collingwood



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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.