Beginner's Guide to Coffee Cups

Beginner's Guide to Coffee Cups

More than three billion disposable coffee cups are produced every year in Australia, with the majority ending up in landfill.

Beginner's Guide to Energy Efficient Lighting

Beginner's Guide to Energy Efficient Lighting

Lighting upgrades can be relatively straightforward and offer rapid returns on investment, ongoing operational savings, and reduced maintenance.

Beginner's Guide to Energy Efficient Office Equipment

Beginner's Guide to Energy Efficient Office Equipment

Computers and office equipment such as printers and photocopiers can contribute between 30 and 55 per cent of office energy use. 

Beginner's Guide to Healthy Buildings

Beginner's Guide to Healthy Buildings

The CitySwitch Green Office program approaches health and wellness in the office by looking at how the built elements of an office detract or contribute to human health, wellbeing, and productivity, and what we can do to thrive in our offices.

Beginner's Guide to Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Beginner's Guide to Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

For tenants to improve Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Beginner's Guide to Office Greenery

Beginner's Guide to Office Greenery

Office greening or biophilic design can be achieved by various means including indoor plants, views of flora and fauna (both live and in pictures), green walls and roof top gardens.

Beginner's Guide to Office Waste Management

Beginner's Guide to Office Waste Management

Manage waste using the waste hierarchy: avoidance is most preferable, then re-use, recyclability, recovery, then lastly disposal.

Beginner's Guide to Purchasing GreenPower

Beginner's Guide to Purchasing GreenPower

Even though installing solar PV or battery storage is often beyond the control of tenants, there are still ways tenants can control the type of energy consumed in their office.

Beginner's Guide to Staff Engagement for Behavior Change

Beginner's Guide to Staff Engagement for Behavior Change

A number of efficiency measures rely on staff changing their habits and behaviours at work.

Beginner's Guide to Sustainable Procurement

Beginner's Guide to Sustainable Procurement

Sustainable procurement is the process of reviewing the items and services that your office purchases and selecting ones with lower environmental impact.

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CitySwitch Energy Audit Toolkits

This Energy Audit Toolkit set has been developed to assist non-technical or semi-technical energy managers in small to medium organisations identify actions to improve energy efficiency through the use of a simple but detailed audit checklist and develop plans for implementing energy efficiency actions.

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It could be as easy as LED.

Improvements in technology over the last couple of years make complete LED fitouts a cost-effective solution. This article provides useful information and resources for LED lighting upgrades.

Energy efficiency certification scheme

This certification scheme offered by the Energy Efficiency Council certifies professionals that can lead comprehensive energy retrofits of commercial buildings. Certification helps building owners and managers find professionals they can trust and provides a benchmark for energy efficiency professionals.

Calculite: an online calculator for lighting

The calculite calculator helps businesses make an informed decision about energy efficient lighting for your site. It is an online tool to identify savings, providing upgrade options and generic technical specifications to take to suppliers.
Webinar: cutting through the lighting technology jargon

Webinar: cutting through the lighting technology jargon

Working out where to begin with lighting upgrades can quickly become an overwhelming prospect from choosing products to funding and implementation. This free three-part lighting webinar series helps get the most out of your office lighting retrofit.

Quality Scheme for Solid State Lighting (LED)

A a quality scheme for Solid State Lighting (also known as LED). This is a voluntary industry scheme that provides confidence that a luminaire carrying the Scheme’s label matches certain performance claims made by the supplier. Products are listed in a database on the Australian Lighting Council's website.

CBD Lighting Assessment Guidance

A tenancy lighting assessment is an important component of a Building Energy Efficiency Certificate (BEEC) required under the Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) Program. The guides and forms required are available here. 

FluoroCycle

Lamp recycling can help reduce the amount of mercury being sent to landfill. FluoroCycle is a voluntary product stewardship scheme that seeks to increase the national recycling rate of waste mercury-containing lamps.

Energy Gov Au: lighting technologies

Energy Gov Au provides a range of information and practical advice on energy saving for households and businesses including a rebate sorter for available assistance from Australian, state and territory governments for energy efficiency improvements.

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