CitySwitch green business leaders garner national plaudits

 

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.

This year a new award for national partnership of the year was won by WT Sustainability, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), J Goddard & Co and UXED from Sydney for their innovative mobile and desktop ‘Leasa’ app.

The app assists commercial office tenants to decide on the most energy-efficient space to lease and is driving market transformation by helping tenants make smart choices about cost effective and energy efficient space. Other NSW winners included Envizi and Goodman Group.

The City of Sydney-led program represents over 12 per cent of all Australia’s CBD office space and helps companies significantly cut their carbon emissions, become more energy efficient and reduce energy costs.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore presented the winners with their awards at a ceremony last night at Sydney Town Hall and praised the RAC as being a green leader with impressive levels of staff engagement and use of innovative monitoring systems to help manage energy usage.

Parntership of the Year Award winners“The commercial office building sector accounts for about 80 per cent of our emissions in our cities the Lord Mayor said. "It’s important that Australian businesses are proactively taking significant action on climate change and making their buildings more efficient.

“CitySwitch is now Australia’s leading office energy efficiency program covering over two million square metres of floor space and over 493 tenancies nationally.

“As a founding member, the City of Sydney has made great progress in reducing our energy consumption through retrofits of buildings, solar panel installation and replacing conventional streetlights with LEDs.”

The national winners were selected from state champions and judged by a national judging panel that included representatives from the Green Building Council of Australia, Property Council of Australia, Energy Efficiency Council and the CitySwitch National Steering Committee.

The RAC achieved a 4.5 star NABERS energy rating in their West Perth building. This was achieved through a combination of smart energy-efficiency technology and engaging with staff to get on board with reducing energy through activities such as inter-floor energy competitions. The organisation has future plans for renewable energy including a solar installation to reduce energy consumption further.

Wallmans LawyersWallmans Lawyers from Adelaide were recognised as national new signatory of the year. Judges praised the organisation for taking a number of measures to reduce energy and waste consumption including timed air-conditioning and lights and equipment upgrades.

 

View the full listing of national winners and their key projects >

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The CitySwitch 2013 award winners are:

NATIONAL WINNERS

Wallmans Lawyers – CitySwitch National New Signatory of the Year

Royal Automobile Club of W.A. - CitySwitch National Signatory of the Year

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, WT Sustainability, J Goddard & Co, UXED – CitySwitch National Partnership of the Year

NSW

Envizi - CitySwitch NSW New Signatory of the Year

WT Sustainability - CitySwitch NSW Signatory of the Year under 2000 sqm

Goodman Group - CitySwitch NSW Signatory of the Year over 2000 sqm

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Savills Australia - CitySwitch WA Signatory of the Year under 2000sqm

Western Australia Police - CitySwitch WA Signatory of the Year over 2000sqm (joint winner)

Royal Automobile Club of WA - CitySwitch WA Signatory of the Year over 2000sqm (joint winner)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Wallmans Lawyers - CitySwitch SA New Signatory of the Year

Thomson Rossi - CitySwitch SA Signatory of the Year under 2000sqm

City of Adelaide - CitySwitch SA Signatory of the Year over 2000sqm

VICTORIA

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation - Victorian Branch - CitySwitch Victorian New Signatory of the Year

Baptcare – CitySwitch Victorian Signatory of the Year under 2000 sqm

Norton Rose Fulbright Australia - CitySwitch Victorian Signatory of the Year over 2000 sqm 

 

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