Typically, an energy action plan (also called an energy management plan) provides structure for a green lease and instructs how actions will be implemented for the duration of the tenancy's lifecycle.
Effective management matters: without it a building designed for a 4.5 NABERS star rating can operate at as little as 1.5 stars - doubling energy consumption and costs. A plan sets out ongoing monitoring and measurement so that measures originally put in place to increase efficiency do not deteriorate over time.
Whilst there is no uniform model for an energy management plan, there are common elements and steps underpinning this strategy.
>> See CitySwitch section on Planning for Energy Management for more resources
This e-book explores opportunities for improved collaboration and sustainable outcomes between commercial tenants and landlords. Produced by The Fifth Estate in partnership with Sydney's Better Buildings Partnership, it reveals opportunities for an improved leasing process.
A Property Council of Australia document providing tools for assessing office building quality in new and existing buildings. The tools provide a guide to parameters that typically influence building quality, offering a voluntary, market based approach.
A business case scenario showing how best practice indoor office environments can create savings above those from energy bills. A good building makes healthy and happy staff and improves their productivity.
The National Green Leasing Policy sets out the principles for a collaborative relationship between government tenants and building owners. This set of 18 Fact Sheets is produced by the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council.
Tenants Guide to Green Leases (19 pages) and a Handbook for leasing advisors to incorporate green lease provisions (60 pages) created by the Australian government.
The National Framework for Sustainable Government Office Buildings describes five key components to energy efficiency program. This guidance paper presents a business case for investment in government buildings and provides a case study into the benefits and recommendations to government agencies.
Obtaining a BEEC is a requirement under the Commercial Building Disclosure Act when selling or leasing an office space over 2000 sqm.
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