In January this year, New Zealand saw its first 6 Star NABERSNZ rating awarded since the Australian scheme was adapted and launched across the Tasman in 2013. The 6 Star rating was awarded to 33 Customhouse Quay in Wellington, a four story waterfront building housing over 300 workers.
The NABERS scheme is envied across the world as an example of effective energy policy for buildings, and at least in part, thanks to its success, Australian real estate consistently features at the top of global real estate rating programs such as GRESB.
The awarding of a 6 Star NABERSNZ rating no doubt signifies a similar trajectory for New Zealand’s building stock.
Since launching, the scheme, which is managed and run by EECA Business and the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) has become a core element in the drive towards better, healthier, green buildings in New Zealand.
For building owners, a high NABERSNZ rating can mean lower operating costs, more satisfied tenants and better occupancy rates. For tenants, a good NABERSNZ rating means lower energy costs and assurance that you’re in a well-built and well-run building.
And, with many building owners and tenants having assets or offices in both Australia and New Zealand, the expansion of NABERS to New Zealand provides a consistent management mechanism on which to raise the profile of good energy management in commercial offices.
While a NABERS assessment is not yet mandatory for large buildings in New Zealand as is the case in Australia, with a significant and growing number of buildings having been assessed and rated, and the first 6 star rating awarded.
Any CitySwitch signatories with office buildings or building plans in New Zealand should consider doing the free self-assessment tool to find out how your building might rate in terms of energy performance, and what it would take to achieve a target NABERSNZ star rating.
Find out more about NABERSNZ here.