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How today’s virtual teams can tackle tomorrow’s climate challenge

How today’s virtual teams can tackle tomorrow’s climate challenge

Can the great work-from-home experiment lead to greater engagement around the looming challenge of climate change? Rodney Hanratty from Swiss Re and Ben King from Finder think so.

CitySwitch is here to connect you

CitySwitch is here to connect you

CitySwitch is a connector that drives change – and this has never been more important than now.

Why comfortable workspaces save time and energy

Why comfortable workspaces save time and energy

Giving people control of the temperature in their workspace doesn’t just improve occupant comfort and satisfaction. It also delivers energy savings, identifies faults and improves efficiency, says Charter Hall’s Craig Rodgers.

Data delivers when the heat is on

Data delivers when the heat is on

Brookfield Properties has turned to data analytics to keep customers cool this summer

Why CitySwitch is hopepunk in action

Why CitySwitch is hopepunk in action

“Climate strike” may have been picked by Collins Dictionary as its word of the year. But I think another contender –“hopepunk” – best captures the spirit of CitySwitch and our achievements in 2019. The need for hopepunk – a movement that celebrates the pursuit of positive aims in the face of adversity – has never been more real.

Solar loan program shapes a better world

Solar loan program shapes a better world

Arup’s interest-only solar loans encourage employees to join the 100% renewable revolution and shape a better world, says the firm’s Regional Corporate Communications Manager, Lisa Gardner.

How to up the ante on energy efficiency through NABERS Co-Assess

How to up the ante on energy efficiency through NABERS Co-Assess

The Better Buildings Cup has helped the tenant community at 100 St Georges Terrace in Perth to up the ante on energy efficiency and achieve one of the first NABERS Co-Assess ratings.

CitySwitch awards celebrate sustainability superstars

CitySwitch awards celebrate sustainability superstars

Just one year ago, no one at comparison site Finder was responsible for driving the company’s sustainability agenda. A year later, Finder is the CitySwitch National New Signatory of the Year.

Collaboration drives collective impact

Collaboration drives collective impact

The change we need will to tackle our trickiest problems will be led and delivered by people.

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Industry News

Investa achieves first Science Based Target approval in Australia

Investa achieves first Science Based Target approval in Australia

Investa today announced it has achieved Australia’s first approved real estate Science Based Target, verifying Investa’s ambitious, net zero carbon emissions by 2040 target and re-enforcing Investa’s leadership in committing to the rigour and quality of this globally recognised framework.  

 

Fujitsu's ICT enablement survey

Take part in Fujitsu's research on the enablement potential of ICT

Fujitsu's NABERS rating of its data centre portfolio

Fujitsu Australia has become what is believed to be the first Australian company to have its entire data centre portfolio rated by NABERS.

Psaros wins two prestigious sustainability awards

Source: Infolink

Leading Western Australian property developer Psaros was the recipient of two prestigious awards for sustainable development, cementing the company’s position as the leader in environmental design and sustainable practices in Perth.

In a first for a WA developer, Psaros won the National Banksia Sustainability Award for Sustainability Leadership as well as the CitySwitch State Award for New Signatory of the Year.

Geelong, CBRE and Echo big winners at national CitySwitch awards

Source: The Fifth Estate A project that slashed carbon emissions by 43 per cent has seen Future Proofing Geelong and Ryrie Centre Property take home the National Partnership of the Year Award at the national CitySwitch awards for commercial office energy efficiency.

CBRE took home the National Signatory of the Year award following their NSW win, while another NSW winner, Echo Entertainment Group, took home the National New Signatory of the Year award

Smart, green finance delivering efficient buildings in Sydney

Source: Retrofit AustraliaIn June, the City of Sydney signed an Environmental Upgrade Agreement (EUA) to fund energy efficient lighting, air conditioning and building management system (BMS) upgrades to James’ Hall  in Sydney. Under these agreements tenants provide contributions equal to or less than the savings they make in their utility bills as a result of the upgrade works. These contributions can then be used by the building owner to service the loan repayments and greatly improve the return on investment.  In addition, once the EUA is paid off, the tenants and building owner continue to benefit from reduced utility bills.

The Tenants and Landlords Guide to Happiness (chapter 8)

Source: The Fifth Estate

Despite the best intentions, most building owners and tenants struggle to keep up regular communication that could enhance their efficient use of the building, improve wellbeing of employees and substantially cut their business costs.

Find out more about the CitySwitch Vertical Communities initiative, the benefits of collaboration from industry and successful tenant and landlord staff engagement  programs in this latest chapter.

How the Renewable Energy Target affects your business

Source: The Fifth Estate

Changes to the RET could have significant implications for businesses wanting to take steps to reduce carbon footprints. Darren Willman from Climate Friendly a CitySwitch signator, discusses the impact of changes to the RET and why businesses should want to defend it in this article for The Fifth Estate.

CitySwitch partners with RMIT students to deliver resource assessments

Source: The Fifth EstateCommercial office tenant energy efficiency program CitySwitch has partnered with graduating environment students from RMIT to deliver resource assessments for participating signatories in Melbourne. There is only availability for 10-12 businesses this year, with only current CitySwitch signatories eligible.

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TFX2020 - October 2020

TFX2020 - October 2020

Engage with leaders in the FM industry and discover where Smart Spaces support impactful decisions and smarter choices at TFX 2020. 



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Latest case study

Melbourne business makes a switch to more sustainable habits

This year’s CitySwitch Awards were announced to more than 100 leaders from Melbourne’s business community at a ceremony last night, with winners crossing the spectrum, from a major law firm to a community organisation. 

Environment Portfolio Chair Councillor Arron Wood said 28,000 tonnes of carbon emissions had been saved across Victoria this year through the highly successful program. 

“CitySwitch Victoria started as a small program five years ago and has grown to support 187 businesses covering more than 470,000m of office space across the state. In the last year alone the equivalent of six MCGs of commercial office space have been added to the program,” Cr Wood said.

“These businesses are making some impressive carbon emissions savings and proving that sustainability in the workplace is possible.

“I applaud this year’s winners – community organisation Baptcare, legal firm Norton Rose Fullbright and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation – for their commitment to incorporating sustainable behaviours in their day-to-day operations and making real savings, not only for the environment but financially as well.

“These businesses should be very proud of their achievements. Their efforts show that is sustainability is now well and truly part of mainstream business practice, making them more competitive, reducing the environmental impact of our city and supporting their employees who make it happen,” Cr Wood said.

Baptcare Sustainability Coordinator Liam Henderson said “the connections that we have made through our involvement in CitySwitch and the resources we have been able to utilise have made it possible to achieve what we have in sustainability”.

CitySwitch supports businesses in the city and in the broader Victorian commercial building sector to better manage their energy use and to educate staff on the possibilities for better business sustainability.

This year, a number of CitySwitch businesses bought enough GreenPower to service over 320 Victorian homes and more NABERS ratings, which measures the energy efficiency signatories, were done than ever.

More information regarding each of the winners will be posted to this site on 28 November.



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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.