Staff costs, including salaries and benefits, account for up to 85 to 90 per cent of a company's total expenditure, which when added to energy consumption and rental outgoings has a huge impact on a company's cost base. When it comes to staff attraction and retention, research indicates tenants are placing thermal comfort and indoor air quality second only to public transport proximity in their top workspace priorities.
An overwhelming body of evidence published over the past decade draws a clear link between best practice indoor environment and the savings that can be gained from healthy, happy and productive staff. The following indicative estimates demonstrate the clear benefits of high-performing buildings for tenants and aim to provide evidence to build a business case for choosing a best practice office.
When translating this high-performing building scenario to a 1,000sqm office, it's estimated up to $950,000 could be saved per year.
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The British Council for Offices has produced a Guide to improving the environmental performance of offices that sets out methodologies for measuring the additional benefits from improved environmental performance, including occupant comfort, productivity and well-being.
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.
Steensen Varming used their office move to select a green building with strong credentials and enter into a green lease with their new landlord....Read more
Adelaide architectural firm and CitySwitch award finalist, Thomson Rossi, share the steps they have taken to reduce office energy bills....Read more
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