Overview planning, reporting & monitoring

What is planning, reporting and monitoring for energy efficiency?

Like any business project, energy efficiency requires a planning and evaluation framework. Signatories to CitySwitch benefit from a guided way to plan, undertake, check and reward their organisation for its energy savings.

At the highest level, a CitySwitch signatory finds out their office’s rating using the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS). This system enables office tenancies to compare their performance to others on a like for like basis. Rated from 1-6 stars, the minimum commitment under CitySwitch is to reach 4 stars. So, knowing the baseline indicates how big the energy efficiency task will be. A nominated Energy Manager will need to develop an action plan for how to achieve the desired energy savings.

Why plan, report and monitor energy efficiency?

  • A plan helps to select which actions will make the most impact towards your improvement goal.
  • Monitoring finds out how you are tracking against your goal and what actions are making the most difference.
  • Reporting feeds back to teams and management how their actions are making change and contributes to longer term commitment.
  • Quantifying achievements enables signatories to be recognised through the CitySwitch awards amongst other signatories and their sector.

Those that have been through the process find several benefits: it provides motivation and shared understanding of the challenge, helps select the most effective for energy savings actions and helps navigate the many pathways available.

Tools for planning, reporting and monitoring

Discovering a low baseline is not a barrier to change. If fact, it helps to demonstrate subsequent successes. A low baseline can also be kept confidential whilst improvements are being made. Several government agencies provide tools that help to plan, monitor and report on your actions towards a green office and improved NABERS rating available here at the resources hub, those related to planning are available under related resources below.

As a starting point, the NABERS Office Rating Page provides an overview of how the scheme works. Their resource, the Energy Management Handbook, is a comprehensive guide to the whole process.

Sustainability Victoria also has a detailed Energy Efficiency Resource page - includes a best practice guide, check list and fact sheets on office equipment.



Related Resources

NABERS Essentials - online course

NABERS Essentials - online course

The NABERS Essentials e-Learning course is for anyone who wants to know more about NABERS.

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.

Explainer: Carbon offsets and carbon neutral

Carbon offsetting and carbon neutrality have become powerful and credible choices for organisations that are looking to make considerable reductions in their carbon footprint.

Ray Wilson, CEO of Carbon Neutral, one of our CitySwitch signatories, helps to explain these terms and how to get started on the journey to being carbon neutral.

Webinar: Marginal Abatement Cost curve Training

A webinar presented by EY and CitySwitch on using Marginal Abatment Cost Curves to analyse and select energy efficiency projects based on the return on investment and greenhouse gas reductions.

Using Marginal Abatement Cost curves

The Marginal Abatement Cost (MAC) curve is a useful visual tool to compare potential energy efficiency projects and prioritise them based on their economic feasibility and potential impact.

BCO Guide to improving the environmental performance of offices

A guide by the British Council for Offices providing methods to measure building performance, occupant satisfaction, case studies and more. The report says that high performance can create productivity improvements that swamp utilities costs.

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.

Explainer: Green Star and NABERS Ratings

How are Green Star, NABERS used in office tenancies? Currently these two voluntary national accreditation programs exist to measure and report on environmental performance of office tenancies and assist in guiding best practice office fit-outs, and they can be complementary.

List of NABERS Accredited Assessors for Tenancies

To obtain your accredited NABERS star-rating baseline you need to engage an accredited assessor. CitySwitch compiles and maintains a list of accredited NABERS assessors working with tenancies, rather than base buildings.

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