Three local organisations that have demonstrated excellence in office energy efficiency have been recognised today at the CitySwitch Awards.
The Awards celebrate the achievements of organisations taking part in CitySwitch and were announced this afternoon by Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood at the Adelaide Town Hall.
Stephen said South Australia Police, commercial real estate services company CBRE, and architects Thomson Rossi have demonstrated their strong commitment to greening their city offices. “They have set a benchmark which we hope will encourage other offices to commit to energy efficiency improvements.”
“Organisations with an eye on the future are participating in CitySwitch and pursuing energy efficiency as a proactive strategy in reducing the costs of doing business,” Stephen said.
The South Australia Police won the CitySwitch Signatory of the Year in the over 2000 square metres category for their new 100 Angas Street headquarters.
“South Australia Police headquarters fits the bill with more than 100 bicycle spaces for staff, an air conditioning system that delivers 100% fresh air, excellent access to natural daylight and a 63% reduction in energy use,” Stephen said.
Active monitoring and fine-tuning during commissioning has realised the significant cuts in energy use and expenditure that a new building can offer. An independent NABERS rating has confirmed that savings and ongoing efforts are being made to communicate the benefits of this proactive approach to staff in smaller tenancies across the state.
Stephen said, “It’s a great example of leadership and a holistic approach to sustainability, not only to energy reduction but for reducing waste to landfill, consolidating equipment, improving fleet efficiencies and staff communication.”
CBRE was awarded Signatory of the Year for the office category under 2000 square metres for taking a proactive approach to measure, monitoring and reduce its energy consumption. In 2012, the company worked with the building owner to install a 36kW solar PV system that generates approximately 56,000kWh per year of zero emission electricity.
Deputy Lord Mayor David Plumridge said the team at CBRE used low-cost solutions to produce easy to use, effective opportunities in energy efficiency.
In recognition of its long standing commitment to creating a sustainable workplace, architecture practice Thomson Rossi has been recommended as South Australia’s nominee for the National New Signatory of the Year Award.
“Their staff are actively involved in maintaining an efficient and comfortable office environment and communicating these benefits to their clients,” David said.
“Organisations continue to demonstrate that with a strong commitment to energy efficiency and leadership in supporting staff and client behaviour change, a lot can be achieved.”
National award winners will be announced in Sydney on 6 December 2012.