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

Webinar: Environmental Upgrade Finance

Monday 10 November, 2-3pm
Wednesday 12 November, 10-11am

Register for one of these free webinars designed with tenants in mind to find out more about the innovative Environmental Upgrade Finance mechanism including case studies and example business cases and the opportunity for questions.

Upgrades to commercial office spaces can improve comfort levels for building occupants especially in the depths of winter or the peak of summer, increase natural airflow and lighting and improve productivity, reduce energy bills and dramatically reduce environmental impacts.

But how can a tenant convince their landlord to spend money on efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems, glazing, insulation or other building upgrades when most of the benefit will go straight to the tenant? And how can these upgrades be justified when they might come with a rental increase?

Likewise for landlords, how can they commit to a potentially capital-intensive upgrade when most of the benefits in the form of reduced energy bills and an improved workplace environment go to their tenants.

Environmental Upgrade Finance (EUF) or Environmental Upgrade Agreement (EUA) finance is an increasingly popular form of finance provided by major financiers in Australia. This innovative finance mechanism is specifically designed for upgrading commercial buildings, reducing operating costs and improving energy, waste, water or energy efficiency or increasing renewable energy. Not only does EUF provide better finance terms for building owners, it provides a secure and transparent mechanism for co-operation between landlords and tenants to share the costs of an upgrade and achieve a win-win outcome.

EUF is currently available in the City of Melbourne, City of Sydney, Parramatta, North Sydney, 
Lake Macquarie and Newcastle, and is soon expected to become available across Victoria and South Australia. The City of Perth and Brisbane have active working groups.

Register now

To find out more, register for this free webinar which will provide more information, walk through the case studies and example business cases and answer questions. The webinars are free but places are limited and registration is required. Register now

For further information, please contact Eli Court by phone 03 9903 8032 or email   eli.court@climateworksaustralia.org.



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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.